Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
I was raised a military brat, so I bounced around between California, Las Vegas, Colorado, and Ohio. I'm currently living in Cleveland. Who has been your greatest influence?
My Bloody Valentine changed the way I thought of songwriting and the voice. Grouper inspired me to self-record and produce, and showed to me the beauty of lo-fi. Smashing Pumpkins taught me the power of dynamics, and William Patrick Corgan currently influences me to be more open about mental health and trauma in my writing. The Cure is probably my all-time favorite band, and I definitely look to them for tone and production aesthetic. What is your latest and greatest?
I released my first self-recorded/produced single in 2020, Heavyweight Champion. No one touched the song except me. It's a hugestep for me as far as finding confidence in my production and my own skin in general. My band, NIIGHTS, recently released our sophomore LP, Hellebores, which was also quite a feat for me. We spent four years making the album. Are you performing LIVE soon?
I am! I have two solo gigs, a band gig, and a college radio show coming up this fall if all goes well. What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
I do hope to release a LOT of music and return to touring, but in broader strokes, I am just hoping for a year with less devastation, less loss, less division, less chaos, and less suffering. How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry has gone through?
I tried to adapt. I taught myself audio engineering, wrote a bunch of new songs, and made art. I did live streams and charity events to help save our stages and support venue employees that lost their jobs. I also started a Patreon, and having that kind of community support held me accountable to not let myself sink too far into the tar of depression, but my mental health has absolutely struggled. I bought a few months of therapy as my birthday present to myself last year. What would you say to your younger self if you could?
I would teach her about boundaries. I'd tell her that loving Jesus doesn't mean you have to sacrifice yourself for literally anyone that wants your time and attention, and that forgiving someone in your heart doesn't mean you have to allow their toxic behavior to return to your life. I would tell her to take up as much space as she wanted, and to not shrink herself to make other people comfortable. I would tell her that her voice mattered. And I'd tell her to practice her scales!!! On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you?
I'm very driven to share my stories/visions and to create in general. Probably a 9 or 10 there. But, in the way of maintaining social media or caring about algorithms, doing PR, building a 'brand'...? That stuff exhausts me and I burn out easily. Maybe 5. When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?
I rest, intentionally. And then I act. "Sit at your canvas every day so the muses will know where to find you." Sometimes you just need to go have a wild night, or get out of your head and see new things and meet new people. Sometimes you need to seek out inspiration and knowledge. There's a time for taking Life in, and a time for purging it. What goes up must come down. I do better when I embrace these natural cycles instead of trying to force something. When it comes to art, I also believe in quality over quantity. How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?
Loaded question! First we must define success. One definition for me means I've created something I'm proud to share. It means I've learned, I've grown, I've conquered my inner demons and spun straw into gold; pain into art. The 'luck' here is the raw talent one is born with, but success here is more about your work ethic and dedication to honing your craft. However, luck (privilege) can afford some people the time to do so more easily. If the definition of success is 'fame and wealth', luck can have quite a bit more to do with it... the who-you-know, right-time-right-place, and how-much-money-do-you-have-backing-you kind of thing. But even still, you can have all that luck in the world, but if your work isn't resonating with fans, you aren't going to have a sustainable career. Every artist's journey is different, as is the role of luck on their path, and their definition of success along the way. How can we stay up to date with you?
The platform I keep the most updated is my Instagram. Following on Bandcamp/Spotify helps too!
Links to any social /music account you want to share?
Instagram: @kid.tigrrr and @niightsband
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