AERIEL // INTERVIEW
Q: First of all, I loved the EP - Sad Girls Club. What was the biggest inspiration behind these songs and the project as whole?
A: Thank you so much! The project was inspired by real life situations and relationships. Through self-reflection I was able to find the common lesson in the experiences to create a cohesive theme and body of work.
Q: How long did it take to complete the EP, and what was the hardest part of the process?
A: It took about a year to complete, and the hardest part was determining how I would present myself and what type of sound I wanted to create. Sad Girls Club was my first release ever, so we really had to create a whole world out of nothing and produce far more content than we knew we would release. It allowed us to find out what not only vibes with my artistry and spirit, but also release a body of work with enough variation to then get feedback for the next release.
Q: This EP explores topics such as feminism. What is one message you want women and/or men to take away from this EP?
A: I'd like listeners to take away that we are multi-faceted beings and we shouldn’t pigeon hole ourselves to only expressing what we think others want to see in us. The number one charge I gave to myself when writing was to not be afraid of owning how I feel, and I hope that’s something listeners pick up on and practice in their own lives, because truthfully, anyone who invalidates your feelings and aspirations isn’t worth keeping around anyway.
Q: For this project, you worked with producer Corey Michael and Godflow. Do you usually come to them with lyrics and tracks? Walk me through the life of a song from beginning to completion.
A: Sure! So while this is not the case for every song, most songs start off with melody and lyric via pen and paper. I'll then take what I've written and figure out what vibe I feel for it and then record a scratch demo for Corey and Godflow to hear and start creating a track. From there, we are able to add elements that breathe life into the song and put finishing touches on it.
Q: Do you find that melodies or lyrics come easier to you?
A: Definitely lyrics. I always know what I want to write about and say, but sometimes it can be challenging to fit the concept into simple melodies and hooks. Writing an R&B or pop song is like a puzzle: you have limited space but still need to include all mandatory elements to create a story that makes sense. I love it, but I am definitely working on my craft each day to get stronger.
Q: Who is one artist that you dream about working with?
A: I would love to work with Kendrick Lamar. He is one of the artists that I look up to and he's a great example that you don't have to sacrifice your art or lyrical content to be commercially viable and that's what I aspire to do.
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