We have been looking forward to getting this interview to you for a while. The up and coming electro-pop singer/songwriter/producer, Simone, is on the verge of something huge. Her latest single, “Neon”, is a powerhouse track that will continue to gain traction and spread her influence. Luckily, we had a chance to chat with the Los Angeles-based artist to talk about her background, the new single and what is ahead for the future star. We are so proud to introduce to you: Simone!
Lemonade Magazine: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us. Most of our readers are new to you, so could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your musical background?
Simone: Thanks for taking the time, too! I appreciate the chance to get to tell a little bit of my story. I began writing music at home on the piano as a kid. I didn’t know how to read music at the time, but I wanted to be creative, so I would make up my own songs around chords that I liked on the piano.
There was a tiny practice room with a piano in it, in my high school, so I would sneak off during school and show my friends new songs I was working on. Little did I know then, I would end up studying music in college and getting my bachelor’s degree in performance. As I studied, a lot of what I had been writing started to make sense to me. The way music works, why we like the melodies we like, and so on. I was classically trained as an opera singer and studied various genres of composition as well, but my love for pop has always brought me back to songwriting. The pop style of singing and writing, the way I can use it to get my thoughts across, really appeals to me. So, I moved to Los Angeles after college and started working on my artist project.
LM: We first caught wind of you from your single, “Neon”, which we absolutely love! What and who inspired your musical style?
Simone: Thanks so much! I’m so glad you like my new single. When I was writing “Neon”, I was struggling with the challenge of feeling like myself in a
new city. LA is amazing, but I had a tough time adjusting at first and put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect and get it right. “Neon” is about letting
go of that and allowing yourself to be excited instead. I wanted to make something you can dance to and just be able to forget about whatever stresses that are going on. That’s “Neon” to me, bright colors and choosing to give in to the excitement of the journey.
I’m pretty excited by Big Wild and always inspired by Kimbra so I definitely draw inspiration from a wide range of genres. The song “Aftergold” by Big Wild has a feeling of total abandonment and joy and I definitely was inspired by that when I was writing. When we shot the music video for “Neon”, I wanted to tie in some of those elements; Dancing in the desert and the city and bright smoke and colors bringing it all together.
LM: Now that “Neon” is out in the world, should we expect more new music and when?
Simone: Lot’s more music on the way! I have a group of new singles that will start coming out this fall and I’ve also been working with a few other producers as a featured artist on their tracks. So, definitely have a lot coming out soon!
LM: Well, that is super exciting! We do know that you have written songs for other artists, what is it like hearing your music performed by others?
Simone: While I’ve written for other artists, I haven’t yet been able to see the songs performed live. I have, however, been there for the vocal recording sessions and have had the opportunity to help guide the artists when it comes to that. It’s also been really cool to see how they interpret and deliver the lyrics and melodies. It’s fun to take a step back and let the song live in a different way!
Simone: I wouldn’t say I feel guilty about this, but I was completely and utterly obsessed with Say Anything growing up. So obsessed I that wouldn’t go a day without listening to “…Is A Real Boy” and belting out harmonies in the car nonstop. I also went through an Edith Piaf phase in college when I was feeling extra moody. She gets it.
LM: Haha, Say Anything is hardly a guilty pleasure, but I will admit that Edith Piaf does get. Ha! Should we expect a few shows or a tour to support your new release?
Simone: Yes! Currently booking shows for the fall in LA as well as on the East Coast. We will be playing at The Mint, in Los Angeles October 8th, really looking forward to it!