We had the pleasure of interviewing Ayla D'Lyla over Zoom video!
NYC-based recording artist Ayla D'Lyla has released the official video for new single titled "MONEY," out now via Snafu Records.
Her first release of 2022, "MONEY" is a bold...
We had the pleasure of interviewing Ayla D'Lyla over Zoom video!
NYC-based recording artist Ayla D'Lyla has released the official video for new single titled "MONEY," out now via Snafu Records.
Her first release of 2022, "MONEY" is a bold statement for Ayla D'Lyla and is the follow-up to fall 2021's "Burning Perception," a driving synth-pop track that put Ayla's distinct approach to forward-thinking pop on full display.
Growing up with German and Palestinian roots, Ayla took a keen interest in German pop music from a young age and continues to derive inspiration from its intricacies. A classically-trained vocalist, Ayla has always had a deep admiration for legendary female vocalists such as Nancy Sinatra, Dolly Parton, and Cher. "I could watch these women for hours," she notes, pointing to their captivating beauty and sound as a catalyst for her pursuit of a career in music.
Born and raised in Manhattan, NYC's vibrant arts and music scene drew Ayla in and has inspired a lasting love for the diverse art community the city fosters. After graduating from performing arts school, Ayla released her debut single, "Prince in Blue," a track that marked a transformation in her songwriting. With a keen eye for visual content, Ayla's videos are a world of their own, often executed in collaboration with her sister, Malina Weissman.
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Hello! It is Adam. Welcome back to bringing it backwards. A podcast where both legendary and rising artists tell their own personal stories of how they achieve startup. On this episode, we had a chance to hang out with Aila Delilah over zoom video. I love born and raised in New York. She's never lived anywhere else. She grew up in Manhattan, went to high school at an arts academy in times square, which is so fascinating, but she talked about how she got into music. She went to that art high school to be a classically trained vocalist. She talked about getting overwhelmed during her early high school years with just the amount of focus and training she had to put on singing that she was kind of rebellious and didn't work as hard as she should have had it. 6 (2m 12s): But around her senior year, she decided to start writing music. She had a friend that had a studio in his house in Brooklyn. So she went over there and started recording songs. Her song on your mind was the second song she had ever written. So she put that one out and it does really well. We talk about that. We talk about the major success of the song called life could be sweet. The concept behind her music, videos and all about her most recent song and music video for the song called money. You can watch our interview with Eila on our Facebook page and YouTube channel app, bringing it backwards. It would be amazing if you subscribe to our channel like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Tik TOK at bringing back pod. 6 (2m 58s): And if you're listening to this on Spotify or apple music, Google podcasts, it would be awesome. If you follow us there as well and hook us up with a five star review, 7 (3m 6s): We'd appreciate your support. If you follow and subscribe to our podcasts, wherever you listen to podcasts, 6 (3m 13s): We're bringing it backwards with Aila Delilah. Well, eyelid. So nice to meet you. Thank you again for doing this. I appreciate it. 8 (3m 20s): Thank you so much for having me, Adam. I'm so excited to be here. 6 (3m 24s): Awesome. Awesome. So this podcast is about you and your journey in the music industry. And we'll talk about everything you have coming up in 2022 and the video you just put out for money. 8 (3m 37s): Awesome. I'm excited. Let's get in. 6 (3m 40s): Amazing. I did read, are you you're from New York. Are you born and raised in New York? 8 (3m 44s): Yeah, so I am born and raised in Manhattan, New York. I am still currently living here. I've never lived anywhere else. I feel like this is all I know. I love this city. Where are you from? 6 (3m 57s): I'm originally from San Diego. So just south to LA and about a little over a year ago. My family and I, we moved to Nashville. So I'm south of Nashville now. 8 (4m 7s): That's awesome. I've always wanted to visit Nashville. I would. Yeah. 6 (4m 12s): The pace of life is a lot slower even from San Diego. So you'll be like, whoa, everyone coming from New York. And just like, like, you'll be like, okay, this is quite a, quite a change, but I love it here. It's amazing. 8 (4m 26s): Yeah. The music over there is just so like, the culture is so inspiring over there. 6 (4m 32s): Oh yeah. It's wild. You so many people are in the music industry that like half my neighbors are like, oh yeah, I do this. Or I worked for this or it's just so crazy. I didn't realize how like ingrained it is into people in the city. Like I would've never guessed. I was like, oh, this is just a country town, but no there's people from every genre are writing here and producers and everything. It's nuts. 8 (4m 55s): Wow. Wow. That sounds amazing. I would love to visit. I need to go 6 (5m 1s): Well, what was it like growing up in Manhattan that must've been, I mean, you can talk about freedom, right? I mean you could get anywhere. 8 (5m 8s): Totally. Yeah. I mean, growing up in Manhattan was amazing. Especially as someone who just has such a love for music. I, yeah, I, I had a lot of freedom growing up here. You know, we took the subway at such a young age, going to school. Our parents gave us a lot of trust just because they had to, but it definitely exposed me to a lot of things that inspire so much of who I am today. Yeah. And New York gave me a lot of opportunity. I went to a performing arts high school. 6 (5m 42s): Awesome. 8 (5m 43s): Yeah. So I love growing up here. It's all I know. I love it. 6 (5m 47s): When did you get into music? 8 (5m 50s): I got, you know, I don't, I don't know. I, I got into music at a very young age as soon as could walk out as quite performative. And as soon as I could kind of pick up a melody or talk, I would put on performances for anyone who had listened my family, my sister, and in middle school, I picked up the guitar and started taking guitar lessons. And that's kind of when my writing began. Wow. Yeah. But so I loved it and I would audition for school plays and do the talent shows or anywhere I could perform. 8 (6m 32s): I, I would. And yeah. So that's where it's like w where it began. 6 (6m 38s): That's amazing. I know, I did read that your sister is in the entertainment industry as well. She's an actress, but are your, is your mom or dad or anyone else in your, like, where did that all stem from? Or was it just the two you were creative and decided to take that route? 8 (6m 53s): Yeah, so it's really strange because neither of my parents are musically inclined or artistically inclined whatsoever. Yeah. But my parents do have a deep love for the music that they do. Like my mom grew up in Germany and she loves techno. And then my dad is from New York and he loves rock. So they're always arguing about that. And I think I do have influences from both. So they're passionate about music. They just don't, they've never 6 (7m 25s): Been players or 8 (7m 26s): Right. And then there at a very young age was also quite performative and had always wanted to act and begged my mom to take her to auditions. And my mom was quite supportive. And so, yeah. 6 (7m 40s): Okay. I didn't know if there was like, oh yeah, my dad does this or mom is in the industry, but that's crazy that both of you took that path and are successful doing it. That's amazing. Yeah. So the guitar was the first instrument you learned. Is that what you said? 8 (7m 57s): Yeah, so I learned the guitar and it kind of inspired writing. And then I CA I gave up on the guitar because long nails became very trendy. 6 (8m 9s): What drew you to guitar regionally? 8 (8m 12s): I loved Nancy Sinatra, always. I just thought she was so beautiful and just had the most gorgeous voice. And she always had her guitar and photo shoots and just looking super glamorous with her guitar. And I want it to be glamorous too. Yeah. 6 (8m 32s): So you got a guitar and just in middle school and decided to learn or learn to play it really right. And roll with it. That's amazing. 8 (8m 39s): Thank you. Yeah. 6 (8m 41s): So from the guitar, you said he gave it up long nails, became a thing and Push down the strings anymore. 8 (8m 48s): Yeah. But then after middle school, I had auditioned to go to performing arts school, which was in times square and I was so excited. So that was, you know, the best news ever. And then I was classically trained vocally for four years. 6 (9m 11s): Wow. Did you go, so you went there as a singer? 8 (9m 14s): Yeah, I was a vocal major. Okay. 6 (9m 16s): Okay. And so you obviously were singing prior to that before. Did you, have you been in lessons or choruses acquires all the way up until that point, because you must have had some knowledge that you're good or you wouldn't have applied and got in obviously to, to the performing arts school. 8 (9m 35s): Yeah. I actually was in a choir that went by Brooklyn youth choir and 6 (9m 41s): Really, 8 (9m 42s): Yeah. So I was singing there and then that inspired me to audition for the performing arts school. 6 (9m 49s): Okay. I interviewed autumn Rowe and she also was in that maybe you didn't go around the same time, but she was one of the writers on the record that one album of the year at the Grammys this year. But I think she went through the same program that, 8 (10m 4s): Yeah. I mean, so many amazing artists went to that. I, I met so many cool people there that I still speak to. Yeah. I loved that program. 6 (10m 14s): That's awesome. So you're doing chorus, you said, of course you're in that. I mean, that's super competitive, right. I mean the, that choir class or choir group, right? 8 (10m 25s): Yeah, yeah. Yeah. 6 (10m 27s): Okay. And did you audition for the, I would think you'd have to audition to even get into, to that chorus or choir. 8 (10m 34s): Yeah. So there was an audition process for that choir. And then also for my high school, I have done so many auditions in my life. I auditioned for nearly anything I could sing in. 6 (10m 46s): Okay. So you went from that into school and once you got into the performing arts high school, where you still writing music at all, or was it mainly just trying to learn vocal and classically marrying classically-trained vocal? That's pretty, pretty amazing. 8 (11m 2s): Yeah. So actually when I got to high school, I started the vocal program was quite harsh and critical and just very vigorous. So I was, you know, I was a rebellious teenager, so I kind of lost my passion for music. Cause I was just so annoyed by it. And I had to cut classes and vocal would take up half of our curriculum of the day. So I would just not go to school. And I, yeah, I just grew this resentment towards music and I didn't want to sing the music. I didn't want to be a part of the choir. I didn't like my teachers. 8 (11m 43s): And then I was getting ready to go to college and my senior year and I was like, I need to start writing and singing again. So I had a friend who had a studio over in Brooklyn and I began to record again, but in high school, I, I was so over the music I was being pushed to sing things I didn't want to. I had so many theory courses. I was just being rebellious and I'm sure I would have appreciated it a lot more now. 6 (12m 16s): Was it more, it just kind of a game, more of like a chore than something you enjoy doing? 8 (12m 22s): Yeah. I don't, I don't know. It was, you know, classical music. The, the whole community is quite strict. So I dunno. I don't think I fit into that structure when I was 15. I don't know if they knew how to handle chil children. I don't know. 6 (12m 48s): No. Yeah. You've worn scene. It sounds like you weren't singing anything you wanted to sing either. If it was classically-trained you weren't getting to do fun songs where you 8 (12m 58s): Yeah, no. I mean, I think that now I appreciate it a lot because I was able to like the repertoire of music that I just know from being in that program is quite amazing. And I'm so thankful for that. I just wish I could have seen that when I was in high school. 6 (13m 20s): Well, it's like the people that quit piano, right. They're like, oh, I wish I would've learned piano. You should've quit at five or whatever, but going to school in times square was that that's to me just seems like so foreign, like showing that the busy-ness just everything that's going on in times square. And then you're like attending high school. There was that like a trip in itself? 8 (13m 43s): Yeah. It was quite, quite hectic getting from the subway to school every morning. So many people, I don't know. It was never that crazy to me though. My sister also went to the same school, so we would go together. Yeah. It's just, 6 (14m 4s): Yes. It's all, you know. Right. If you grew up in Manhattan, it's probably not as big of a deal as if somebody that moved there from the middle of the country to like, okay, now I've got to, to kind of navigate this, you know, big city. But yeah. That's just, to me, it blows my mind, like people that go to school in the city, like I lived in San Francisco for a handful of years and I was just thought like, whoa, like, it's crazy. Like the people that are going to elementary school and middle school and high school, like in a city setting, like to me, it was just so foreign. 8 (14m 34s): Yeah. I love San Francisco. It's so, 6 (14m 37s): And it's cool. But yeah, it's just to me, I was like, whoa, like, I don't even understand, like, this is nuts, but I guess that's all you knew. So that was it. But from, from the school, you said you, your senior year, you went and you met this person or you knew this person and you went and started recording at a studio in Brooklyn. Was there something that shifted there or were you just like, oh man, it's my senior year. I need to kind of figure out what I'm going to do with this, with my life. Like what urged you or pushed you towards going back to writing and recording? 8 (15m 9s): I just think that I was at a point in my life where I needed to choose what I was going to go to school for and what I really loved. And I really felt some, I felt it's corny, but I felt empty and I felt like something was missing. And I, I just knew that I had to pick up music again and I had to start writing again. And my friend, he had just a home studio in Brooklyn, in his bedroom, at his parents' house and yeah, the first song, or maybe it was the second song we recorded. I released. And in high school I had gained a little bit of a Instagram following, so I just decided to release it. 8 (15m 55s): And I, I got a overwhelming amount of support and have been releasing music ever since. Wow. Yeah. So I'm really happy that I went for it. 6 (16m 6s): Yeah. Cause that's crazy. So you had a, you started to gain a little bit of a following on Instagram was that I'm always curious, was being, you know, in high school and around your peers and then having, you know, and a lot of people following you online. Was that something that people were like envious or jealous of you at all? Or did you not even feel that at all? 8 (16m 30s): I don't know. I mean, I think a lot of people at the school I was going to, we're doing a lot of cool things. Like, you know, I might've had Instagram followers, but some people were also going and doing shows on Broadway or, you know, leaving, not being able to come to class for a day because they were filming SVU or I think that, you know, maybe, but 6 (16m 52s): I guess it's a different aspect. I mean, it's different if, I guess if everyone in the school is being creative, but still, I always thought that was cool. Like if I was in high school and I had a certain amount of followers, I think people would just be like, oh, like hating on it. Or maybe if you went to a, not the performing art school, it'd be different, but I have no idea. Or maybe I'm just crazy. 8 (17m 13s): Yeah. No, I, I, I can see that. Yeah. 6 (17m 20s): But I guess you didn't have to deal with it. So who cares? So you put out the second song you recorded. It does. Well, and then obviously from there, you're like, okay, I need to write more songs. I need to release more songs. Like what did you do next? 8 (17m 33s): Yeah. So from there I kind of just went to the studio like every week and recorded and wrote and recorded and not everything has made it out to, to the public, but I, we kind of just released whatever felt comfortable and yeah. I mean, I've been doing that ever since. There's so much music that I have that I just feel like I can't release or I won't release just because I hate being super vulnerable. I like to keep it a little bit poetic in my lyrics that I put out. So it's not always super clear what I'm talking about, but 6 (18m 12s): It was too a little too vulnerable. You just didn't, you don't think that it's just too much or like, yeah. Tell me about that. I'm just curious. 8 (18m 21s): Yeah. Maybe with age, I will get more comfortable sharing some of the more vulnerable music that I have, but yeah. I, you know, I, I was just recording every week and then whenever I felt ready, I would put out a new song and it kind of just built, built from there. Yeah. So 6 (18m 49s): With the fruit, you said the second time you wrote, you released it was that prince and blue? 8 (18m 54s): Yes. 6 (18m 54s): Okay. And did that come out in 2019? Is this accurate information I'm looking at on Spotify? Sometimes they burn me. 8 (19m 2s): Yeah. So actually that was wrong. I actually put out a sock that before Princeton blue and it was called on your mind. 6 (19m 11s): Oh, that one came up before they screwed me up here. See, I told you, Spotify is known to burn me. That one, they pointed out as that one came out after. But anyway, So undermined came up first. Was that still in 2019? 8 (19m 25s): I think so. I think so. And yeah. And then Princeton blue. I was super excited to put out prince and blue and then all my videos have always been done by friends. I've never really spent any money on visuals. Wow. 6 (19m 45s): Wow. That's that's, that's cool. The new video is amazing for money. 8 (19m 50s): Oh, thank you so much. Yeah. Yeah. My really good friend's film that they are. I love them. 6 (19m 56s): That's cool. So all the videos you've done was prince and blue. The first video you ended up doing, 8 (20m 2s): I also had a video to, on your mind and Henry filmed that at his college, he was a few years older than me. Yeah. 6 (20m 12s): So you've done a video for the, you do you do a video for the song? That makes sense. 8 (20m 18s): Yeah. 6 (20m 18s): Okay. And so you, you have, you're putting out songs, you're writing a bunch of songs. You've got them kind of releasing and then towards the end of 2019 and then 2020 happens. And then how does that affect your game plan or what you were doing musically, 8 (20m 35s): Do you mean pandemic wise? 6 (20m 36s): Yeah, yeah. 8 (20m 38s): Yeah. So I was 19 and I had just turned started college when the pandemic started. So 6 (20m 50s): Where you go, sorry, real quick. Not to cut you off, but where you going to college for music also or something totally unrelated. 8 (20m 55s): Yeah. So I go to, I'm still currently in school, I'm in for arts and context. So I take a lot of writing courses and music courses. 6 (21m 4s): Oh, awesome. 8 (21m 5s): Yeah. Cool. So yeah, so school had transferred to online and I was actually selfishly a little bit excited about it because I had finally time to just sit and work on music and write and I'm sorry, the noise outside. 6 (21m 26s): Oh, good. The New York ambiance. I love it. 8 (21m 33s): Yeah. So I was really excited that I had some downtime to start writing and kind of envisioning what I, my plan was and what I saw for myself. But it was then hard to kind of get the plan into action just cause people weren't going to the studio, people weren't working. So it was definitely slow. But I think creatively, I grew a lot and I kind of was able to see who I was as an artist and really build off that. 6 (22m 4s): Were you able to just write a lot at home and then what we're able to, once the studios opened up go and kind of have a bunch of ideas to lay songs down, is that kind of what happened? 8 (22m 15s): Yeah, that is what happened. And it was super exciting to finally hear them come to life. 6 (22m 20s): Sure. W what was the first one you ended up putting out after you're able to get back into a studio and recording release music? 8 (22m 30s): The first song I put out was burning perception. Okay. I wanted to put something out that was fun and dancy and kind of a little bit cathartic, I would say just to like let go after all the downtime, but it was definitely something different for me because I am very used to kind of slow tempo music, but I had so much fun putting that out. 6 (23m 3s): What about life could be sweet? I mean, that song has a ton of streams on Spotify. What do you like? What was special about that? Do you remember it going crazy on like a playlist or was it a viral moment on Tik TOK or anything like that? Like what, what kind of put the, the wheels behind that one? Do you remember? 8 (23m 23s): Yeah. So Maddie is a very good friend of mine from back in the day. She is also from here. She grew up over the bridge, but went to high school in York. And I always looked up to her cause she was a few years older than me. And, you know, in high school, everyone thinks the older kids are the cool kids. So after high school, she, we were talking and we'd seen that we were both doing music and we got really close and she was a few years older in college. So I was just getting advice from her and stuff like that. And so we got really, really close and we decided to collaborate and we wrote this fun song at her apartment. 8 (24m 9s): And we were like, this is really fucking good. Am I allowed to curse? 6 (24m 14s): Sorry. Nah, no need to apologize. You can cuss. 8 (24m 19s): Yeah, this is really good. Let's record this. And we got in the studio and we did the little harmonies that it starts off with. And we were like so excited and the producer was killing it. And so we had the song, we were sitting on it for a while, just cause both of us were working on separate things. And we finally decided to release it after maybe like three months of sitting on it. And I'm so happy we did it. It is such a great song. I think so many people connect to it. I think it is such a feel good song it's so it's just such a, I love that song, but it was definitely something different for me. 8 (25m 4s): I really enjoyed collaborating with another female artist. I hope that I collaborate with so many female artists in the future. I think it's like always great work comes out of that. Especially if you guys understand each other and know who you are as an artist. And then we did the video in LA. That was the first video that I really had real production into. Yeah. And I actually really, I didn't enjoy that. I prefer doing like more DIY. I think that you don't people think you need more than what you do to make things look pretty. 8 (25m 46s): And I don't know. I just, 6 (25m 49s): I agree. I totally agree because it's amazing now. I mean, my iPhone can shoot in like just as good, you know, film as any a hundred thousand dollar camera, I mean minus lenses and all that other noise. But like in reality, you can make like cinematography, like high quality footage and, and in video with just like a phone and if you showed up to like a video shoot, you're like, all right, I'm ready to go. And you just have your iPhone. Like people would be like, ah, like who is this clown? But like in all reality, you don't really need all that anymore. Do you 8 (26m 24s): So true? Yeah. Some of my favorite music videos are shot by my sister cause she loves film and she shoots them on her iPhone. And I think they're the best videos I have. I love them. 6 (26m 37s): Yeah. It's so crazy. Like you could legitimately shoot like a commercial or a full movie, like on your iPhone and if you put it up next to anything else that you probably, unless you got a real good eye or like the, like you're using St lenses or whatever, like you can make it look identical. It's so crazy. So when you were doing this big shoe, was it just too much? And like, you're like, okay, this could have been done faster or you know, like what was it that you enjoyed more about the DIY aspect of doing your videos? 8 (27m 12s): I just think that having fun while shooting a video is super important and I, I like it to be personal. And I think that I, I, I do like the aesthetic. I think that I like the aesthetic of things that are a little bit raw, but I also, I, I think that the video for life could be sweet was exactly what it needed to be. It definitely drew inspiration from, you know, Maddie's brand and then my brand and kind of fit it in perfectly. 8 (27m 60s): But yeah, for myself, I just like a stripped back, beautiful visual and that's all I really need. I liked the music to kind of just speak for itself and I try not to take myself too seriously too. You know, I think that, I feel like sometimes if I take a video too seriously, I'm taking myself so seriously. And then, you know, even with money, like as much of this as the song is, you know, it's not a joke, but I would, I would hope that people don't take it too seriously. And I would hope that people get my kind of like humor within the lyrics. 8 (28m 45s): Right, 6 (28m 45s): Right. Yeah. That was going to say, there's kind of like, it's, it's got great, you know, really creative lyrics, but it's also kind of like, it's, you know, you're kind of taking a jab and like it's yeah. It's, there's like an underlying humor there, but it's not like this is some jokes song, I guess you do like as a perfect way to exit, you've executed it perfectly. I'm not explaining it very well, but like I knew what you were trying to do. 8 (29m 10s): Thank you. Thank you. 6 (29m 12s): Yeah. And like, but on the video in the beginning, it looks like it's going to be this very serious thing. Right. I mean, it's like the church it's got the stain, the glass and then show like you're, you're in like the cues and everything, but then there's like girls dancing. Like it's just like, it has two different sides to it. Like tell me about that video. 8 (29m 32s): Yeah. So we knew that we wanted it to be some kind of performance-based video. And then we had the idea of having my best friend, Sarah, and then my sister Molina be like backup singers or dancers because the song does heavily revolve a lot around, you know, women and what we want or whatever. And so we went to this vacant church in, I think it was like long island city and we didn't have much time because we didn't know when we'd got kicked out or anything. 6 (30m 16s): We didn't even like permit. We was just like, we're just going to show up. No, one's here. Let's do this. 8 (30m 21s): Yeah. So, so we put on the wigs, we did the makeup, everything was underneath their clothes. We got out of it. I'm in the same dress, the entire video, you know, we went, we ran through it. I performed it a couple of times. Then it was done really quickly. Like maybe within like two hours, maybe less. Yeah. And then my sister and her friend, my friend bodied, the dance move, they were so on point I was so proud of them and it was just really fun and not a lot of, you know, not, not so much. 8 (31m 3s): There was literally just the five of us and we got into it and that was that. And I think it turned out I'm so happy with it. I think it's perfectly dramatic, perfectly silly and perfectly beautiful. 6 (31m 15s): That's amazing that you're able to shoot it that fast. Cause it looks like a full-on production. Like it would have taken like all day and that you guys just went in there rogue style and then shot the whole video and a few hours. Like that's, I'm shocked. That's awesome. 8 (31m 33s): Thank you so much. 6 (31m 34s): Yeah. Well what else are you? Cause that just came out recently, but do you have other songs coming out? Like would you have a bunch of ready to go? Like what do you have coming up for the rest of the year? 8 (31m 45s): Yeah. So I have a bunch of music I'm kind of trying to line up for the year. I think that's something that's super difficult right now is that people are just, so people just want so much and expect so much in the music industry today. And I try not to let that rush me in anything, but I certainly do have something planned for next month hopefully. And hopefully I can start announcing stuff soon, but yeah, just a good, a good beachy vibe is what I can say is, but yeah, hopefully I can, I can keep putting out stuff that I'm really happy with without being rushed this 6 (32m 41s): Awesome. Awesome. And you just did a show right? In mercury mercury lounge and a New York. 8 (32m 47s): Yeah. That was my first official show ever. Wow. 6 (32m 53s): Wow. 8 (32m 54s): Yeah. So, so fun. So liberating and beautiful. And I just couldn't believe it. I was so excited and it, it really meant the world that I could perform there. I had passed mercury lounge, you know, my whole life. And I never thought that I would be able to perform there. So that was just, it meant so much. 6 (33m 14s): Which is your live show similar to like the videos or do you have a lot of people on stage or is it just you up there performing? 8 (33m 23s): I had a pianist with me and he played guitar as well. He's actually a friend of mine that I met at open mics because I go to open mic nights sometimes. 6 (33m 33s): Do you perform at open mic nights? Go watch. Oh, wow. 8 (33m 36s): Yeah. It's super fun. So I met him there and he is a fabulous performer and I was like, you need to perform with me on mercury lounge. So he played the piano and guitar for some songs, but no, it wasn't a whole thing there. It was just him and I, Yeah. 6 (33m 57s): How did you like doing like a whole set? Cause I w I at an open mic nights to what you get up and do a couple of songs and then they switched to someone else or 8 (34m 6s): They actually own the ones that I go to only allows you to sing one song. 6 (34m 9s): Okay. So you sing one song. So now you have a whole set to put together and you have to do banter in between or like it was that hard for you to kind of do all that. Or it just all came natural. 8 (34m 23s): I was certainly nervous before, but once I was up there, it was, it was pretty natural and it felt really good. And you know, I think for the first performance it went really well. I was really happy with it and it felt good to see like all the familiar faces like my friends that I hadn't seen in a long time, it felt very comforting. I think it went really fabulously. I, I had a great time. 6 (34m 49s): Very cool. Well, you need to come play here in Nashville so I can see your performance. 8 (34m 53s): I would love to. That would be an honor. 6 (34m 58s): Well, I thank you so much for, for doing this. I really, really appreciate it. I do have one more question. I want to know if you have any advice for aspiring artists. 8 (35m 11s): I would say don't be embarrassed. I think that a lot of people don't, don't go for their passions because they're too nervous of what others are gonna think. Or, you know, people are intimidated by what might be, but if you just go for what you love, it will work out for you. If you're passionate enough, I think you should go for what you love. That's what I have to say to them.
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