Photographer: Justin Hopkins, Instagram: @jlhopkinsphotography
"Quinn O'Donnell is known across the Nashville area for her raw, emotional performances. Her particular blend of alternative rock (Death Cab For Cutie, The Cranberries) with atmospheric songwriting (Cigarettes After Sex, Phoebe Bridgers) gives her a timeless, yet unique sound with a rock and roll edge. Through her touring and local DIY shows, Quinn O'Donnell has made her mark in venues across the Nashville area and beyond."
Thank you for taking this interview Quinn! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
Of course, the new year has been great these past few months. I've felt very productive so far.
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
Yeah, I've been making music for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I actually wanted to be a bassist, but discovered I wanted to sing further into my high school years. My happiest memories as a kid were playing local shows with my friends from summer camp. I realized how much I loved performing live. Around this time, I wrote and recorded my first EP and released a couple of singles following it. I made my second EP in college and my first full album shortly after dropping out.
How did you come up with your upcoming project you're releasing SOON?
My second album is well on its way. I came up with the name, "Wherefore Art Thou?" while working at a coffee shop. I was pretty lost in thought and feeling very angsty and pensive about my life and the direction that it was taking, or lack thereof, haha. I had a sad moment of realization, I had no idea who I was or what kind of person I wanted to be. This album is about that, and how normal that feeling is for those of us in our twenties and thirties. No one has it figured out, and everyone is telling us we should.
Where are you from originally?
From here, born and raised :)
Where do you live now?
As of now? The eastside of town. In a year? Who knows, haha.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
I guess to some extent, I could see that. Maybe more so for other artists than myself. If it does for me, it's very subtle.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
So many heros of mine; Tom Petty, Sting, Anthony Gonzalez, Phoebe Bridgers, Ben Gibbard, my parents, the list goes on.
How do you want to shape your career?
I don't really have a plan for it, the only person I'm trying to please is myself. Whatever ebb and flow it ends up taking is what I'll be happy with.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
Very go with the flow. I found that having deadlines made me sort of "half do" things and I didn't like that. I wasn't nearly as proud of what I was making at the time versus what I am making now.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
"When we die" is a very sad song, haha. But I guess that's obvious from the name. The song is about a relationship coming to close and as we broke up, the last conversation we had as a couple was about what we thought would happen when we died. We were a very dramatic pair of people, haha. After ending the relationship and going home that night, I decided that I have no idea what happens, but I think it feels like losing that person. It was one of the worst feelings in the world.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Not really, I love releasing music. Once it's out, I feel such pride in myself and what I've accomplished.
Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
Oh yes, I wouldn't share it with people if I didn't.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Very emotional, but very honest.
Where do they go to listen NOW?
Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, wherever your heart desires! :)
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
My favorite was a DM I received from a thirteen-year-old girl who was going through her first breakup. She told me that my song, "Red Wine", had made her feel safe and that she would be okay. It made me cry.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Yes, I'll be playing quite a couple shows in the Nashville area and beyond this summer. I'll also be releasing quite a bunch of new music ;)
Are you performing anywhere LIVE?
I play shows very consistently for the most part. Check my Instagram for regular updates! :)
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!
Of course! I'm on YouTube and Instagram! Reach out anytime!
YouTube: Quinn O'Donnell
Thank you for this interview Quinn!
Anytime :) Thank you so much!