RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST EDIE YVONNE
Hi Edie. What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
EY: My abuela is a Nicaraguan opera singer and we always sang together. Music was all around me growing up. I did musical theater when I was small at YADA (Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts) and did tens and tens and tens of shows like Chorus Line, Xanadu, Cats, and Hairspray and loved it. When the shows pivoted to online due to the pandemic and I was alone in my room without an audience, I started writing music.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
EY: I am working on an album called Girl Code and have been releasing a single per month over the course of the year. The Girl Code single will drop on 11/22 which is my 15th birthday! Other singles that are getting an amazing response include Queen Bee, On Your Mind, and In the Rain.
What was life like for you before music?
EY: I was very focused on acting and made several short films starting when I was 7. I love the ability to have acting and music go hand in hand which is why I’m working on a short film that correlates with the Queen Bee song about mean girls and their minions.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
EY: Oh that is so hard. I love Fade Into You by Mazzy Star.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
EY: I am just starting out and working independently so I’m outside of the business of it, so far. But I feel that when the point of entry is right and the lighting and timing is right, and with a dream team, I would love to be a part of the conversation!!!!!!
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
EY: To always trust my gut, and instincts, and be true to myself and to my sound.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
EY: I have three pit bulls. I love watching the Kardashians. I’m a queen bee.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
EY: The messages I want to share about kindness and compassion, especially in adolescence can be disseminated through my music as things grow and evolve.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
EY: I try to be as sensitive as possible and just share my experiences as honestly as I can. Hopefully the time of all or nothing and the rigidity of the conversation will recalibrate and come into balance.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?
EY: Not yet.
What was the worst experience on stage?
EY: Sometimes the show shouldn’t go on and you have to put your well-being first. I learned that when I had a high fever during a show once – not my best performance.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.
EY: I love wearing turbans and designed a turban collection.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
EY: I hear that it is the honesty, connection, and emotionality of the lyrics, the storytelling.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
EY: The singles Queen Bee and Girl Code are about disappointment, fading friendships, and the kind of hurt and harm some can experience in grade school, high school, anywhere and everywhere, unfortunately.
What was the recording process like?
EY: I write music and lyrics at home and send a voice memo over to my producers – Nicky Swedin and Cormac Liotta. They translate it on guitar and bass and then we go into the studio to capture vocals, harmonies, and play with the track.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
EY: Girl Code was the second time I worked with producer Rio Root and collaborated with songwriter Maddy Simmen which was an interesting and new experience. Learning to collaborate during the writing process has been so much fun and I’m learning a lot!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
EY: Producer Douglas Boehm is working with me on instrumental versions of my first two singles so it’s cool to revisit them.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?