Simone - 10 Questions Music Interview
Simone is a 15-year old singer-songwriter from New York City who is polished beyond her years. She was discovered at an open mic night in NYC at the young age of 13 and recorded and released her first EP called "Stories In My Mind" in 2017. In 2019, she released 2 follow-up singles and a music video for the song "Monsters." She's off to a strong start in 2020, with 3 more singles and her second EP entitled "To Be Honest" produced by Danny Ross (Cheap Synths) out March 20. With high hopes for the future, Simone continues to write mature, intimate lyrics that she hopes people will connect with. She is just getting started and is incredibly excited to continue her journey in the music industry.
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 was always a very musical person. I grew up in a house where music was always playing and people were always singing, so it was in my blood. It wasn’t until I started to fall in love with Taylor Swift that I decided I wanted to get serious about songwriting and a music career. I owe a lot to her. I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar if it wasn’t for her music and her stories.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
My first open mic in New York was pretty crazy. I had never played my songs live in my hometown before. After I sang my song, the women running the open mic asked me in front of everyone if I wanted to play a full gig there sometime. It was absolutely insane and totally unexpected, not to mention it pretty much started my career as a performer. If it wasn’t for that moment I don’t know if I would be performing as much as I do now.
What has been the high point of your music path?
So far I’d say releasing my song “Serenade Me” was a real high. I got such great feedback on that song and people seem to really love it, which is always good. It was so different from anything I had released prior, so it was really exciting to show people how I had matured and changed as an artist.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I’m always writing. I think every songwriter is, subconsciously. I’ll usually think of a melody or lyrics out of nowhere, record it in my phone, and then go back to it when I have more time. Recently, I’ve been grabbing my guitar, playing a chord progression, and writing to that. But honestly, it happens differently every-time, which is part of why songwriting is so much fun.
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?
People don’t really tell you that an audience doesn’t come overnight. It’s really hard to get new people listening to your music, and a lot of it is just luck. I’d love for that to be easier! But I truly do believe that slow progress is still progress, and if you work hard enough, anything is possible.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? There are so many artists that would be a dream to perform with. The energy that The 1975 has on stage is insane, and I’ve had some of the best times at their shows. They would be really fun to play with.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I tend to rehearse a lot because I get major anxiety about things going wrong or making the tiniest mistake. I usually have a couple of rehearsals by myself to work through the set and the commentary, and then I’ll have a couple with my band to work on arrangements.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
There’s a song off my new EP called “The End of The World” that was pretty hard to write. It’s a song about feeling really helpless and scared about all the bad things going on in today’s world. It was definitely written in more than one seating... it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to say, and what message I wanted to come across.
What's coming up in the future?
I have a lot of plans for the future. I’ve been daydreaming about having a successful music career since I was probably 8 years old. I just have a lot of dreams and a lot of things I want to accomplish in my lifetime. For the less far away future, I’m just planning on releasing some more music, writing A LOT, performing, and hopefully getting some new people listening to my stuff!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
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For more information on Simone, please visit her website.