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 studied theatre production in Toronto CA and although we were a part of a large university, we had a small building of our own where most of our classes and work took place. There were a number of dancer’s/actor’s studios with pianos in them so I would sneak into them when they were free to play. One day a guy who was drumming for a dance class heard me playing and came into the studio. He asked if I wrote my own music and I told him I hadn’t but I couldn’t explain why not. When he left I wrote my first song.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Writing this song brought me back to music after a long time away from it. It is a song about a moment that has changed my life a great deal, meeting my husband Charlie. It’s not much different now to how it emerged the night I wrote it. It came all at once.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Although I discovered her a bit later on in my life, Nina Simone’s music touches me in a profound way. I love the movement/rhythm in her piano playing and the vulnerability in her performance. I find her incredibly brave and feel all kinds of emotions when I listen to her. Listening to her never leaves me feeling alone.
The visual artist Agnes Martin has influenced me by way of her simplicity and discipline. I went to her retrospective at the Tate Modern in 2015 and being surrounded by her work felt like getting a huge hug.
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?
To quote Zadie Smith, I am constantly “changing my mind”. I have always been attracted to a variety of genres and styles so in my music, I want every song to give moments of varied tones. There are often contrasting moods, vocal and rhythmic shifts. When producing I often correspond the four elements to instruments or sounds in the song such as wood or water. The name LEVELSEVEN is in reference to the colour of my hair, a shade that easily adapts to tones ranging from light to dark. It’s a theme that takes many forms in my life and something I’m attempting to translate through my music.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
First let me start by saying that I love the BBC’s Desert Island Discs’ podcast series. My husband and I always fantasize about being on and what our answers might be… As I previously mentioned, my mind is always changing but today this is my selection:
Elena Ferrante – My brilliant friend (can we please pretend the 4-book series is one giant novel?)
Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-Garde – Jane Alison & Coralie Malissard (Barbican)
Franny & Zooey – J.D. Salinger
Amour – Michael Haneke
The Royal Tenenbaums – Wes Anderson
Call Me By Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
Tomboy – Céline Sciamma
The 1955 Golberg Variations – Glenn Gould plays Bach
Deep Cuts – The Knife
The Very Best of Nina Simone – Nina Simone (Hoping you’ll let me get away with this…)
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
At present I prefer the studio. I love the experience of making something that has never before existed.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I am currently taking care of our friend Kim’s dog whose name is Patate. Yesterday while I was playing the piano, he wanted to sit next to me on the bench. When I invited him up, he sat directly in my lap and proceeded to lick my fingers while I practiced.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
At the moment you’ve probably only heard the one release that has come out called “Your Lust”. This song means a lot to me because it’s the song that ended a nearly 5-year period without writing music. I wasn’t sure if I would write music again and the night Your Lust was created established a change in my sound. I had never written so honestly before.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I have a lot of written content but for me the challenge lies in getting it to the point of completion where I can finally share it. So I’m working on that. I hope to have some new music to you within the next couple of months.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
My husband Charlie suggested I answer the classic interview question: If you could invite three famous people (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would you choose and what would you make?
I did start with three but my imagination got the best of me…. so instead, here are 8 dream(y) guests:
Robyn, Zadie Smith, Sheila Heti, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mati Diop, Nina Simone, Charlotte Rampling and Barbara Hepworth.
Food: Anything vegetarian from Yotam Ottolenghi including some cheese & chocolate.
Photo credits: Katarina Šoškić
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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