RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST EDIE YVONNE
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
EY: I have been around music since I was little. My abuela is a Nicaraguan opera singer and we sing together all of the time. I did musical theater at YADA (Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts) starting at 3 or 4 and it has been a big part of my life.
What was life like for you before music?
EY: I don’t remember life without it but during quarantine is when I started writing music on a daily basis and I have been recording for less than a year now. I was acting primarily before the pandemic and have been really leaning into music since the strike.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
EY: Our family friend Alice Smith performed “I Put A Spell On You” in the garden of the Underground Museum and it blew my mind. She is an incredibly powerful, emotional singer/storyteller.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
EY: I am just beginning this journey and absorbing all of the amazing feedback. Just taking baby steps and building one listener at a time.
Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
EY: I recently had the opportunity to work with singer/songwriter Lanita Smith who told me that it’s always important to believe in your sound and stay true to it.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?
EY: I have 3 pitbulls. The song Random Boy is not based on a true story. I saw the Barbie movie 3 times.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
EY: For Prince to be alive and to be a fly on the wall.
To be able to use the music as a way to do important activist and philanthropic work down the road.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
EY: Just always mindful of my young age, social media, and how to navigate those challenges.
What was the worst experience on stage?
EY: I was starring in the musical Cats as Grizabella and had to sing Memories. I was maybe 8 or 9 years old and I had a horrible fever, I should have let an understudy swoop in but I thought the show must go on.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?
EY: My producers Nicky Swedin and Cormac Liotta worship the Beatles and played jazz in high school. My playlists include Black Sheep, Bjork, Aaliyah, Prince, Lykke Li, and I was named after the singer Eydie Gorme.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
EY: I think even at a young age, everyone has unique experiences, distinctive ideas and approaches and stories to tell. I am so lucky to have the support and collaborators to turn ideas, problems, questions into songs. What I have heard stands out is the emotional storytelling from a young perspective.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
EY: The next single On Your Mind is a plea to a loved one trying to reconcile how to deal with love and detachment all at once.
What was the recording process like?
EY: I am so lucky to have time this summer to be in the studio every week with emerging producers Nicky Swedin and Cormac Liotta while my friends are at summer camp, I’ve been writing and recording music. I write the lyrics and send them sketches that I map out on the guitar or keyboard and they translate it and fill it out.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
EY: Staying true to my ideas and also listening to great feedback, navigating outside influences talking about more commercial approaches while staying true to my personal tone and point of view.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
EY: It sounds a little country which was unexpected but I trust in the process and it’s a cool experiment.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
EY: I’m an ambassador of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, please check it out birthmark.org