Hey Francisco! So excited to be chatting with you! You just released your new single “Swollen”! How excited were you to get this song out into the world?
I’m ecstatic to have released this song. It’s been in the works since last December so I’m very excited that it’s out for others to hear. It’s crazy taking a step back and seeing the journey of this song from start to finish.
Listen To Swollen Now:
What did you hope your supporters would think of your new song?
My only hope is that my supporters can relate to the song. Whether it makes them cry, laugh or smile; I’m grateful for any feeling this song provides to them. Without people listening, the music wouldn’t be as magical.
Can you tell us the backstory of this song? Is it from a real experience?
I wrote this song last December. I was going through a week of chaos and stress and met this girl. We spent most of the day together and I found myself falling for the idea of her. We were complete strangers but somehow, I painted this picture of what I thought she could be and who she could be in my life. We haven’t spoken since that day, but I couldn’t get her out of my mind the days that came after. I decided to write out the emotions I was keeping bottled inside, which, ultimately became “Swollen.” To this day, I don’t think she knows that this song is about her. Wherever she is now, I hope she’s doing well.
You also have more projects coming out in 2020!! Can you spill any details on what your supporters can look forward to from you the rest of the year?!?
There is a lot of amazing music in the works coming out in the remainder of the year. I’ve worked with the most down to earth creatives on these projects and I’m very excited to share them with my supporters. If you know me, you know I love nature so look forward to a lot of that in these projects.
Do you have a creative say in your music? Did you help write all your new songs?
I have complete creative control over my music. I have total admiration and respect for those who go the DIY route. I write and produce all my songs in my bedroom. I spend the majority of my days in there and have been working non-stop, everyday, to carve my craft. A lot of the older songs were written in San Francisco. But I recently relocated to Nevada for creative and personal reasons.
What’s it feel like to be releasing your own original music?
It’s honestly so rewarding. I’ve waited so long to release music, and I know a lot of my supporters were anticipating it too. It’s gratifying to share a piece of me and my art with those who share similar feelings and have been waiting on my new music to release.
Will there be a music video for your new single? If so, can you tell us about the concept of the video
Yes, there will be a music video for “Swollen.” I’m so pumped for its release. The team and I have been working diligently hard to make it happen. When it releases, I hope my supporters adore it as much as I do.
What’s been the pros and cons of pursuing your music career?
Pursuing my career in music is like a perfect balance of happiness and anxiety. As a person who struggles with anxiety, I tend to think more about negative possibilities. But, having fun while creating music is the best part about this career path. I feel grateful to wake up every morning and do what I love to do. It’s gratifying to me and I wouldn’t change the path I’m on.
Is there anyone you want to thank that’s helped you get to where you are today?
My parents have been huge supporters of my music and career ever since I was a kid playing drums at recitals. But if it weren’t for Elissa Felman and the team at 19, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m fortunate to have her and the 19 team by my side. They’re amazing people and I’m glad to have them alongside my career.
What do you think makes your fan community/fandom different from others?
I love how uniquely diverse my supporters are. They’re amazing for continuing to support me and my music every single day. I love how intimate my relationship is with them, they’re the heart of my career and I appreciate them so much.
How would you describe your fans? – what’s three words you would use to describe your fans?
My supporters are undoubtedly the most important part of my music. Without them, creating the music wouldn’t be as exciting. Three words to describe them would be extraordinary beautiful people.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
I want my supporters to know that as much as I love producing and writing songs for myself, I do it for them. They are the backbone of these songs and I couldn’t be happier to have their trust and support in me. I want them to feel as if they’re a part of something beautiful in my music and shows. Intimacy is a big part of why I do what I do, so the more intimate, the more I feel content with what I’m doing.
Are you planning any IG Live shows to promote your new music?
Yes, I’m actually doing an IG live show tonight to celebrate my single release and hang out with my supporters.
What is it like performing in front of your fans? Are you excited to start performing your own music live!?!
I get lost in my own world while performing in front of my supporters. Their energy and engagement fuels the performance. I’m so pumped to start performing my own music live. It’s actually surreal to me because I’ve never performed original songs live in person to a bunch of people before.
What do you want your supporters to know that you think is important?
I want my supporters to know that embracing vulnerability is what makes you who you are. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Channel that energy into what you love to do. Be more than what you limit yourself to be.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
I’m a horror fanatic. It’s my favorite film genre and I indulge in way too many tv shows people might find too scary to watch.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
What do your fans call themselves? And How did that fanbase name catch on?
I actually don’t know what my supporters call themselves. I thought about doing a poll on some cool fandom names but thought it could be cooler to have them decide!
Many of your supporters are starstruck when they meet you! Have you ever been starstruck?
Yes, when Maggie Rogers DM’d me on Instagram it made my entire week. I was so shocked because she’s one of my main inspirations. Later on, I actually ended up working a few times with her producer Doug Schadt who worked on her EP with her. Crazy full circle moments like that make me feel so grateful to have the career that I have.
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
I love meeting people. If you ever see me around in pubic, come up and say hi!
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?
I’d love to meet John Mayer one day. He’s an important part of my life growing up and still inspires me to this day.
What’s your current go-to song?
It’s got to be Sink by Noah Kahan.
Why do you think social media is so important for teen artists like yourself?
I never was the social media type. I don’t like how toxic social media can be at times. It distorts reality and makes people go mad. I do think that it is an incredibly important part of being an artist. We live in a time where technology is key. Social media allows artists like me to connect with my supporters and share my life with them.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
It would be great to make a long lasting career in music. Maybe even start producing and songwriting for other artists as well.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Know that I love you for supporting me and my music. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if it wasn’t for the support and love you bring to the table. More new exciting projects are in the works and coming soon. Stream “Swollen” everywhere now! x