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What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I decided that music was the thing for me in middle school. I’d been taking lessons and stuff since I was a kid, but in eighth grade I got a lead role in the middle school musical and got hooked on being on stage.

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

Hi world! I’m Your Best Nightmare, or Erin if you really get to know me. I’m a classically trained soprano and multi-instrumentalist. I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember and I can’t imagine life without singing. I started playing piano in the third grade, and have been picking up new instruments ever since. I started playing the ukulele in college, and that’s become my signature instrument!

I’ve been performing as Your Best Nightmare for over a year now, and it’s the most fun I’ve had in a very long time.

What was life like for you before music?

I don’t really remember my life without music, but I remember my life before I started Your Best Nightmare. I was coming down from being pretty sick and sad, and I just wanted to feel like myself again. Writing and performing again as me really pulled me out of the corner I put myself into unintentionally.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

I remember being really into Britney Spears as a kid; I still love Britney! But I remember seeing her music videos and hearing her songs and I knew that was something I wanted to do. 

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I’m like the raccoon in the dumpster of the music industry. I’m particularly clever and industrious; sometimes I think I’m too smart for my own good. I’ve been handling almost all of my own affairs this whole time and I’ve accomplished quite a lot independently. Like a racoon, a great deal of people find me rather enchanting or intriguing and they enable me to successfully continue doing my thing. Also like a racoon, I’ve garnered a bit of attention for being both kind of cute and kind of terrifying.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

I’ve learned to trust myself. I had someone tell me once that I needed to have a brand for myself and that all of my “content” needed to be “branded” or else no one would take me seriously. It feels stupid to have to reduce my life to a “brand” in order to make it in the industry, and I knew I didn’t want to do that. Everything I make is authentically me and I’m glad I trusted myself enough to not be swayed by what someone else said I should do.

I’ve garnered more genuine fans and collaborations because I’ve been myself.  I’m talking with y’all because I trusted myself over someone who didn’t have my best interest at heart! Quality life lessons with Your Best Nightmare here.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?

I have an MCR tattoo. I am left handed. And I love watching anime.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

An enormous sum of money. I could get a lot more done if I had a boatload of cash.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I’ve already had dudes tell me they think I’m writing “comedy,” so people are already taking it the wrong way.  I’ve also had dudes tell me I must hate men…

I could write essays on the artists I’ve seen that do or say much worse than I ever could, but a lot of them get off easier because they’re men. I think if someone is mad, or trying to cancel, a woman for speaking up about issues that impact people, then they need to take a look in the mirror and ask themselves why they’re so mad about it.

Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories? If not, why not?

I personally don’t, but I think a lot about the people who truly think birds aren’t real. I have four, and I can assure you they are very real. They eat a ton, make a lot of noise, and are currently obsessed with blankets. There is no way they aren’t real.

What was the worst experience on stage?

I was really really sick, like I probably had bronchitis or something. All I know is I was absolutely miserable. It was one of my first shows I booked myself, so I didn’t really know if I could cancel. The stubborn musician in me said “do or die” so I ended up going. The venue was practically empty except for a couple that was apparently hoping to hear jazz music. I don’t play jazz. Thankfully, they walked out about twenty minutes in because  I physically could not keep going. It was miserable all around, but I’m so glad nothing has ever topped that particular show.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I have a master’s degree in Educational Leadership! I officially graduated in August. I’m really passionate about educational equity.

What makes you stand out as an artist?

The ukulele and my unyielding attitude.

I hear you have a new album, what can you tell us about it?

Heck yeah! Presents: A Simple Solution For Toxic Masculinity releases on March 21st. It’s a horror story about rage, romance, and vampires.

What was the recording process like?

I recorded more than half of the album in my walk-in closet, and then worked remotely with some of my friends to get the drums and such accomplished. There are a few songs on the album I recorded in the studio last year, but the walk in closet is where it’s at.

What is the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

I’m currently working on new music, and I think the biggest challenge for me is figuring out where the songs need to go to tell the story in my head. I see the story the music needs to tell, but sometimes finding the right song to bring it to life is challenging.

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

I would distort more of the backing vocals. I started doing that towards the end of the creation of Presents… and I really love doing it.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

You should go pre save the album!  And also, be kind to yourself and others.