WHAT WAS YOUR MUSIC UPBRINGING?
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MUSICIAN?
velours: I definitely have always wanted to be a creative and performer. I’ve sung my entire life, apparently even before I could talk! I guess I would just made noises similar to melodies I heard and mimic them. Actually, I’ve always loved mimicking other singers like Britney Spears, Shakira, Cher, Disney Princesses, etc. It’s a hobby of mine! Writing music since I was little, it’s been my dream for forever to be an artist. I would make up songs and sing out loud at grocery stores and bookstores without a care in the world. Growing up, music surrounded me and my home. My mom raised me on all kinds of music, whether we were in the car or in the house, and she never deterred my passion for creating my own. I’ve never been without a piano in my house or boxes full of CDs to listen to. I even played clarinet in my school band for eight years. When I really fell in love with the stage was during my first musical, Alice in Wonderland, when I was eight years old. I’ve been in love ever since! I was in choirs, musicals, classically trained in voice, and constantly finding ways to be creative. Honestly, there’s never been any other interest professionally besides music and performing.
WHAT MUSICIANS INSPIRE YOUR SOUND?
DO YOU TAKE INSPIRATION FROM ARTISTS OUTSIDE OF YOUR GENRE? WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
velours: There are countless musicians that have inspired me and still do. I think that every artist that I’ve listened to has influenced me, even in small ways. Musicians like REM, Blur, David Bowie, The Smiths, The Killers, Lorde, The 1975, Chantal Kreviazuk, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morrisette, Queen, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Ramones, Fleetwood Mac, and Björk have all inspired my sound. There are many more musicians and bands that I could name but the list would become a novella by the end haha! I definitely take inspiration outside of my own genre and most of them are artists that I grew up listening to, mainly in rock, grunge, and alternative genres. What I think they all have in common––and what I strive to bring out in my own work––is evoking emotion and saying something meaningful through songwriting and melody. As for what I’m listening to right now, I’ve been into Charlotte Cardin, The 1975, Tori Amos’s Little Earthquakes and Tales of a Librarian, some Troye Sivan and Conan Gray, Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Folklore albums, all of Lorde’s music, Haim, The Weeknd’s After Hours, Rina Sawayama’s debut album, and some Sigrid. I don’t usually listen to just one musician at a time, even if I’m obsessing over one specifically. I make playlists with my favourite songs and artists all mixed in together and play the specific mixtape I’m in the mood for.