Abigail Fierce - 10 Questions Interview
Abigail Fierce is a 19 year-old singer-songwriter/actress living in LA. She loves to write songs alone at 4am. She can be seen as Wendy on the new Hulu series "Love, Victor", Netflix's "American Vandal" and Hannah Stocking's "The Set Up." Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I’ve always loved to write, but I started writing music in middle school because I didn’t have many friends. I think it was a way for me to control my narrative when I felt like I didn’t have much control over the things that were happening to me or around me. In the 7th grade, I performed in a talent show and some girls laughed at me. I remember crying in the school bathroom when lyrics kind of just started appearing in my mind. I went home and started writing my first song. I’ve always been a bit of a loner, so it was nice to finally have something to just dive into. The next year I begged my parents for a guitar and once I got one, I started practicing everyday.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
During quarantine I made a cover of Joe Exotic’s song “Here Kitty Kitty.” It was just a fun little video with an AMAZING guitar riff, and it got over 132,000 views across all platforms. It was just supposed to be a silly little video - I was dressed as Carole Baskin - but I was surprised by how much people enjoyed it!
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point of my music path so far has been hearing from real people once I put songs out. These are songs I wrote at 4 am on my bedroom floor, and then to have real people commenting on my Instagram and tweeting at me on Twitter that they actually LIKE it…it’s been surreal. I also love checking my Spotify stats to see how many people have saved the songs to their library. Pitch Dark has almost 100,000 streams on Spotify and it’s just insane to think that I made something out of nothing and people are actually listening to it.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It’s different for every song, so I mostly just focus on trying to stay inspired. Usually, for me, it starts with the words. Sometimes I’ll just write pages of lyrics before deciding where to put them and how to shape the story together. Sometimes it starts while I’m just playing my guitar and suddenly hear a melody over the chords I’m playing. In that case, I usually just sing gibberish until something clicks…or pour over the million notebooks of my lyrics I have lying around my house.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? I’d say the toughest challenge for indie artists is getting seen. It’s hard to get your music in front of people and advertising can be so unpredictable. You have to find fun ways to catch people’s attention…and then put your original music in front of them.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Ed Sheeran’s been a huge influence for me and I am absolutely mesmerized every time I watch him set up his loop pedal, so that would be the dream. I feel like I’ve grown up with his music.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? Ha, well, that hasn’t been an issue with COVID! I’d say it’s pretty similar to what I do in the studio, I warm up my vocals and practice with a metronome. Practicing with a metronome has pretty much become a daily occurrence. Boring, I know.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! The songs that I release always end up being the ones that were easiest to write! There’s something about the ones that come together quickly - they just have that spark that the other one’s don’t. Pitch Dark’s my most popular song on Spotify, and not only was it the easiest to write, but it was also the easiest to record. The vocals in that song are mostly just one solid take.
What's coming up in the future? New music! New singles! I think it’ll be awhile before shows open up again but I’m also an actress, so I’m working on that side of my career as well. imdb.me/abigail If you’re interested you can follow my instagram for updates!