What drew you to that lifestyle at the time?
It was sort of an outlet. I was numbing feelings, I was a very depressed child, I was very manic and the thing with me and drug use came in like a getaway. But when music came for me, that became my drug. That’s why in my music, with me not doing drugs anymore, I still make references to it because I feel like music is my drug now. That’s why my album is [titled] Silver Hill because that was a famous rehab in Connecticut that Edie Sedgwick went to when she was a child. So yeah, I just wanted to make that correlation with drugs and music and how it’s helped me.
Dope. Now, let’s transition for a bit. Tell me how you became the stylist for Elektrik Red.
Basically, I was a fashion editor at Persona Magazine, and I was a model before that. It was really cool because I just took my connections that I built off modeling and started pulling clothes from the designers and stuff. I just kind of fell into it. I appreciate it and I was definitely humbled through it, but I wouldn’t do the experience over again to be honest. I’ve always loved music. But I realized that there were steps that I needed to take in order to be more inclined in the music I was making.
So, how would you describe your personal style?
I’m really into mod fashion. It was called the “Youthquaker” movement that was going on in the 60’s, and it featured girls like Jean Shrimpton, Edie Sedgwick and Twiggy. It was in the center of London where it was going down, and it was a music and fashion movement.
You did mention that you’re moving to London, right?
Yeah. I feel like in the UK, that’s where my market is, and for me to go out there and to move with my best friend Peaches Geldof, I just think it’s going to be like a dream come true almost. It’s one step closer to my success. As I was saying too, London is where the Youthquaker movement started, and I feel like I’m going back to the roots of everything I stand for.
Are you done pursuing modeling?
I did some modeling weeks ago, but, with that, I don’t have an agent, so I’m going to wait until I get with an agency and then I’m really going to pursue it to the next level.
If you could model for your dream brand what would it be and why?
Dolce & Gabbana because Peaches is endorsed by them and I love the brand. [Laughs] It’s more of the idea of not being a dream and actually being possible.
Why do you feel people should listen to you and support your movement?
I’ve dealt with a lot of hardships in life, and if you want to hear an artist that’s not only pop but actually real, telling their story and making things relevant then you would want to listen to me. I really don’t make music for myself; I make music for the people who are just like me and may feel the same way or have gone through the same things that I’ve gone through, so they don’t feel alone. I just want to help people with what I’m doing.
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