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1. Tell us about “Miss Me”? What went into the production? Your musical inspiration behind it?

Of the songs on this EP, ‘Miss Me’ is the first song I started, and the last song I finished writing. I kept revisiting it on a monthly basis, kept gently tweaking it – so unlike some of the other songs, this one is harder to pin down, it’s harder to explain what the song exactly is about because it’s meant different things to me at different times during the process of producing the EP. The’s definitely a core element of needing to be needed in there, the burden of it, the beauty of it and what it’s like to deal with someone else’s vulnerabilities.

2. How does it feel to finally have the EP out? 

Good! A relief really… much easier to focus on new material for me that way – also fun to see it take on a life it’s own! There’s always something so theoretical about unreleased material to me :)

3. What kind of new stuff do you have up your sleeve?

Working on a full length right now! Just trying to take the sound to a new level without being to smart about it. I think it’s possible to do pop and still be experimental about it – or at least I’m trying to test that theory :)

4. What else are you listening to right now?

– I’m still listening to the new James Blake record, parts of which I think are magical!

– The latest Roisin Murphy album is growing on me too, it took me a while.. but she’s always thinks outside the box so eventually she always gets me…

– Also, I just heard Goldfrapp’s Utopia for the first time in almost a decade, and was just as blown away as when I first heard it!

5. Any upcoming shows? 

We’re playing our EP release show on 11/11 at Ludlow house, which I’m super excited about – for the first time we’ll be playing all the songs off of the EP! There’s also an upright piano there, which is always a huge boost, I’d bring one to every gig, if it weren’t, you know… a piano :)

6. If you could bring someone back from the dead to listen to your EP, who would it be? What do you think they would think about it?

Jeff Buckley! He would love it… I think! Or maybe not, who knows… might be too poppy for him, but I think he’d appreciate what I’m going for.

7. What super power would you want to possess and why? 

I’d like to be able to see music, to literally be able to plastically visualize it. I’m always on the hunt for clarity when writing music, always trying to navigate in a haze; As long as I’ve been writing music I’ve had this fantasy of a three dimensional construct, a direct visual representation of the music, to help me out of that predicament :)

8. What other stuff do you like doing in NYC?

I like to go see a lot of weird, experimental music. I’m also big on taking long cathatric walks, sometimes all the way from Brooklyn into the city and back, walking from my place in Bushwick to Redhook for instance is also amazing.

There’s also my biannual ritual of taking a trip to Dia:Beacon.. seeing art on a somewhat regular basis is generally important for my mental hygiene, wether it’s checking in on the galleries in Chelsea or really any of the big museums, it always energizes me – even if I don’t completely connect with te art.

Apart from that I’m always on the hunt for a good (and cheap!) Falafel place…

9. How are you managing your election anxiety? 

Poorly, checking the polls every day! How is this still a race? I mean, I get it, but I’m also dumbfounded…

10. Will you be voting on 11/8?

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