XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Right now I’m working on new songs and animated music videos! Still so much to do, but getting close to releasing some new content!
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
We got together last October 2019. We went to music school together in LA and would occasionally jam on different projects or just for fun.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
I’m a fashion designer and now I’ve added singer/songwriter to that mix. I had not really planned on performing Live unless it was for my next fashion show. I was still trying to figure out how to balance designing, while also working on my music. As I started preparing for the release of my first EP, I had an overwhelming desire to perform my songs live and asked my friends if they would join me.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
I had voice lessons when I was in elementary school and was part of the choir. My first real experience with music was when I began working with S. Peace Nistades, a film composer and producer in LA. We worked on original music for my fashion film and out of necessity I had to write lyrics and provide the vocals. We were writing a French retro style song and didn’t have the time to look for someone who could do that style. I loved this process so much that eventually I enrolled into the Musicians Institute to work on my craft as a songwriter.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
I try to make my music feel like some sort of escapism from reality, to a place where you can drift away and dream. I love movie soundtracks and that form of storytelling through music is what we do with each album.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
To break through the indie pop/rock circuit. Fashion, film and music are my passions and I’ve always felt music is the glue that let’s me work in these three areas. I just want to be able to have the time and the resources to keep on creating. It’s important to me to have the freedom to keep changing and evolving without feeling like I need to copy whatever is trending at the moment.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Writing and recording is both wonderful and stressful ( if there is a hard deadline). The moment you get it right, is just magical and I don’t think I’ll ever get over that excitement of turning an idea into something.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
It’s a blend of hope and melancholy. My lyrics are my diary and reflect how I see the world. The main themes being love, love loss, and heartbreak.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Growin Addiction was the single that really pushed me to write more. I felt like maybe I’m not a bad songwriter, it was also the first time I wrote in English and was actually happy with it. I’m trilingual and although English is my native language, I wasn’t inspired at all to write in English. I think I was hiding behind my French lyrics.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
I haven’t been on tour yet, but knowing me when we go on tour there will be!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
I can only think of super nasty and inappropriate requests I’ve gotten. I usually screen capture them and share them with other female musician friends. Just when we think we’ve seen the worst, people find a way to surprise us.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Yes! Sometimes I think my parents prefer my cover of rock songs over pop. I also have lots of friends who are musicians so it’s a very supportive group. We understand each other’s struggles.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
If you are friends starting a new band, remember to respect each other’s time and input. Sometimes the lines of personalism and friendship are blurred when you start out as friends and you don’t treat it as work. So not being mindful that it is a job, can lead to problems within the band.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Of my own I would say Growin Addicton, Cannibal, and Viens a Moi. For covers Mother, any Fleetwood Mac song, and I Put a Spell on you by Creedence Clearwater.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
David Bowie! He was such a creative artist and throughout his career he changed styles. No matter his popularity at the time, it didn’t scare him from changing and trying something completely different from what he was known for.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Vanessa Paradis, Lana Del Rey, Petit Meller, and Grimes.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
My fashion gallery show in DTLA. I showcased my fashion campaign by blowing up the pictures allowing my guests to step into the story, it was inspired by the detective show Columbo and Palm Spring’s 70 aesthetic. It was also the first time I introduced my musical side along with my fashion brand. We performed all the songs that were written for that collection Live on closing night of the exhibit.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I still have my career as a designer, so I would only be focused on that…. I think.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
All the gigs we have played have their own setup, not sure if that’s an LA thing.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
It’s amazing that we have so many resources as indie artists that allow us to reach so many people, but that being said there is so much more to cut through. Sometimes it is disheartening to see that you work so hard and the players are so talented, but someone can write a quick little thing and it goes viral on tik tok while we barely get noticed.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
I love anime and could talk about it forever, also I’m pretty good at watersports (wakeboarding, knee boarding, and water skiing).
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Please checkout my ep Cannibal if you haven’t had the chance! I’m working on a new album and have a few collaborations with other artists in the works.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!