Hey Cenza!! So excited to be chatting with you. Where did your love of music come from?
My love of music came from my Nana. We watched a lot of movie musicals together when I was younger. I started taking piano lessons when I was 7, and then turned into a musical theatre kid (I still am at heart). It’s really just always been around, and I’ve always been a bit dramatic with my experiences with music. I think my love of music is strongly rooted in the characters behind the songs. Each song I write is from its own character in a way. It’s all very theatrical to me.
Can you tell us what your newest release “Thriving” means to you?
Being confident, bold, courageous, and self actualized. With a dash of camp on the side. I didn’t write this song about a ‘guy’— I wrote it about the feeling I often get second guessing myself for making a choice and owning it and about the desire to be unafraid of being perceived as intimidating just because I’m succeeding in something. I hope this song empowers everyone who hears it to own their choices and to stop feeling like they have to dumb themselves down or make themselves smaller to make others more comfortable. And to have fun with it and not take yourself too seriously.
What’s been your reaction to your fans’ love for “Thriving”?
As I’m writing this, it hasn’t come out yet, so I don’t know. I hope they love it and it can bring them some good vibes during these hard times. I wrote the song pre-covid, and I strangely need to listen to it now more than ever with all of these huge life changes. My close friends who have heard it say it’s very “me,” more so than my previous release. I hope it just makes people want to dress up, do a fun makeup look they haven’t tried yet, and dance around their quarantined room by themselves and eat cake and drink wine. That’s a lot of what this song is now to me.
How excited were you to get ‘Thriving” out into the world?
I can’t even explain. This song encapsulates so many of my experiences and my perspectives on those experiences that I’ve had over the past 6 or 7 years into 3 minutes and 45 seconds, and that’s really special for me. I feel like it will always be a relevant song in my life in some way. I’m not naturally confident, I need that push, so I’ll always need the message in this song. I have a lot of fears and insecurities, but I try to define how I thrive based on how I face them head on and do the things that scare me anyway. I hope this song helps people achieve that courage.
Do you have any other release plans for summer 2020?
Have a few features I’m working on — we’ll see. Stay tuned.
How do you want your relationship to be like with your supporters?
I love connecting with people over music. I strive for it to be as candid and open as possible.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
I’m a black belt in karate.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
I just want to get on that stage and perform these songs. I think it will be a while, but that’s always been my goal. I write songs with how I will perform at the absolute forefront. It’s the reason I’m doing this. There is nothing like live performance to me, and it is a true dream of mine to create my own show with my own songs.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you so much for listening to my music.
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us 🙂