Let's talk influences, shall we?
I have been finding myself thinking more about my influences lately. Those of you that know me know that Beyonce, P!nk, Christina, Santigold and a few others are my obvious favorites. Those artists are "home" for me. I grew up with them. In crucial points in my life, their lyrics and rebellion helped me, and still help me, find a deeper part of myself. Note: Yes, you can still be angsty when you're 29 years old. That being said, one album down. Now I find myself getting to know myself post "DeepLove". What direction do I want to go? What styles and genres do I want to explore and/or include? Oh, the questions that arise.
Let's start with what I have been listening to lately. HARRY STYLES! Holy shit! I want to say that I hate boy bands because, you know, I do, but when these artists go solo... Wow! I have listened to Mr. Styles' album about 20-30 times now and each time I feel like I learn something a little different about him. I also learn something about myself when listening. I have learned that I am very jealous of other artists, especially male artists. I am in awe of his versatility, both in styles (no pun, intended) and vocal ability. He might be my newest musical boo.
Next, we have QVEEN HERBY (aka. KARMIN) that has been blowing my mind. I'm normally not huge on white people rapping, I have to be honest, but she is so talented! As Karmin, Amy Noonan made me fall in love with her clear and smooth vocal skills. Her rich lows and floating highs are something from a dream. The lyrics and musical styles were also very diverse, so that's something I always look for in my artists. As Qveen Herby, she seems to shed the pop style that Karmin became known for and went full R&B/Hip-Hop. She has a crazy flow, too!! Check her out.
WILD BELLE has a bunch of songs that I enjoy, but by far, "Our Love Will Survive" is a gem. I love her smoky, raspy vocals and the reggae influences. The music video is pretty relaxing as well! MARIAN HILL caught me by surprise! "Down" is the first song of theirs that I heard. Check out the pop and bluesy, sensual electronica track. Just make sure you turn your bass up the whole way. Trust me.
These are just a few artists that have been taking up my time. I like to think I'm finding more of a fondness for "carefree" music after my first effort. I've been trying out different instruments and effects while experimenting with my sound. I originally wanted to call my second album "Merlot Dreams," but it's turning into something else entirely. I am still looking for people to collaborate with, but for the time being, I've been investing in amazing sound collections and VSTs and working independently on a lot of new music.
Who are the artists that influence and inspire you? What song or album do you find yourself running back to day after day/week after week? If you're a musician, what traits of these artists or albums do you find yourself borrowing?
I'd like to end this post with a snippet of a track that will give you an idea of what's been cookin' up in my musical kitchen. I hope you enjoy!