What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I’ve been making music since childhood and went to college for music composition. Since moving to NY 6 years ago, I started Birch as a four piece indie rock/pop outfit. Over the years, as I discovered Ableton and electronic music, I’ve merged indie pop with electronic to make my own brand of synth pop. With vocal looping as a focal point of the music (which probably stems from my time in a college a cappella group)
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Your Gold is a song about the grit of chasing one’s dream. I wrote it back in March while I was releasing my debut LP ‘femme.one’. I was thinking a lot about what success means to me and how long I’ve spent in the Brooklyn music scene. This song poured out as a way to self-sooth my fears and recommit myself to my art.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
The music of St. Vincent, Bon Iver and Grimes has been huge for me in developing my personal taste and sound. Non-musically, I look up to liberal, outspoken female politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I try to only write about things that matter to me. My lasts album was a feminist concept album, this track is more about me and my mindset around failure/success. I would describe my sound as feminist synth pop, with a focus on vocal looping.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Albums: Bon Iver’s ‘Bon Iver’, St. Vincent’s ‘St. Vincent’ (woah I have a thing for self titled albums) and Grime’s Art Angels
Movies: Ladybird, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bridesmaids
Books: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Studio. I go back and forth with my love of performing. Right now I’m in a studio mindset. I like to create by myself and make mistakes and not put on make up.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
In addition to releasing my own music, I also score films under the name Birch. In 2018 I composed the music for the short film Girl Talk (Outfest premiere) and this year I composed my first feature film Asking For It (out in 2020).
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Honestly my latest track, Your Gold, is my favorite track I’ve written yet. I think it hits a sweet spot between pop and electronic and I’m not sick of it yet, which is a feat.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I’m going to keep making music for the rest of my life, but I’m broadening the scope of Birch. This year I put out my debut LP and scored my first feature film. I plan to keep scoring films and putting out my own music under Birch. The next batch of songs I release will be in line with this new single Your Gold – more electronic, energetic and fun.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
If you weren’t a musician you’d be a …
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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