Interview with Cherry Lena:
Thank you for taking this interview! What has 2022 been like for YOU as an artist?
It's been as much of a challenging year on a personal level as it has been a productive year on a career level. I am at my most productive creative wise when I’m in touch with my emotions, so let’s just say I have been turning lemons into lemonade this year more than ever before in my life. It has been challenging but greatly defining. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
When I first started, I had this innocence of life and no knowledge of the music industry at all. Back then, I was deep into jazz and would home record Jazz inspired vocals on Low-Fi beats I’d find on soundcloud. I was just doing it for fun. Since then, I explored so many styles and grew as an artist as well as matured as a woman. I can now finally say I migrated into a sound of my own. How did you come up with your latest project?
I wrote ‘Toxic Woman’ at a really dark time of my life. Everybody thinks it’s a love song but it’s not. The song is about depression and is a sort of letter to myself. It did bring me some comfort in a time where not much would, and I'm hoping it’ll do the same for people. Where are you from originally?
I'm from Quebec,Canada. I don't know if it’s because I moved around quite a bunch in different cities all my life but weirdly I don’t really feel like I’m from anywhere. Where do you live now?
Montréal, Canada Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made? Absolutely. I was in Berlin for a few months just now and we can totally hear the influence the time and place has in the demos I made there. You go to a place and you see and hear totally different things from what you’re used to. An artist’s best place to be sometimes is out of its comfort zone. What was the inspiration to make music your career? The passion has always been in me. I always sang and always wanted to be a singer. I don't think I can really pinpointed how it started, for it has been present since as early as when I learned how to speak as a child. It has been my deepest love since then. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
It always depends on the project. I sometimes come back to demos I wrote years ago and finally find the missing element to add to it. Other times, the whole thing is completely done in a day. It always depends on the inspiration, creative juice and what the project specifically needs. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is allow it to breathe and come back to it once you’ve seen and heard new things. How did your latest title of your music come to be?
‘Toxic Woman’ is called that way because it’s how I saw myself back then. In my perception, I was the toxic one, the only cause of all deceptions in my life. I think I wanted people to stay away from me because deep down I thought I would f*** up everything and everyone I’d get close to. I was convinced I was a ‘Toxic Woman’. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Excessively. I can always find some elements to be improved. I have to tell myself to stop when I'm contented enough but it is not easy. Sometimes my producers have to tell me to stop as well. Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
My music is nothing but emotional attachment. It is the chore of who I am. It’s all I leave behind. It's what I live for. I feel like I was put on this world to experience things and use them to turn them into music creations. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Sad Alternative Pop songs to cry to in the car at night. Where do they go to listen NOW? Spotify, apple music, everywhere! I’m on every platform. What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
Telling me my music helped them go through a really hard time. It makes it all worth it for me. The struggle, the deceptions, the failures. When I hear something like that, I know It’s all worth it. Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
I am actually preparing a project that is fully in french. I have never released any french music so far so I'm really looking forward to seeing the response it is going to have! It is a challenge for me to write in french, as I only did it in english so far. I love a good challenge and this one really excites me! Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview: