Hey Defoe – So excited to be chatting with you!! What inspired you to start releasing your own music?
Thanks for having me! I’ve made music for a while and kept it hidden for quite a while. I guess I kept it hidden because of fear really. I knew I would regret it if I never released anything. I’m happy and relieved I took the plunge – it wasn’t so bad!
How would you describe your musical style as an artist?
I describe it as super feminine with touches of danger around the corner. A very visual experience that makes for great driving music along the ocean or the desert (even better for night drives).
What artists do you look up to right now?
I love so many artists for different reasons. I love Bjork for her moody extremes and visuals, Chiemi Eri for her acrobatic vocals, the Beach Boys for their harmonies, Tchaikovsky for his heart and drama, Billie Eilish for her delicate vibrato and vocal control, and Queen because they are just frickin great! The list goes on and on…
You just released the new cinematic video for your genre-bending song “Something’s Happening”. It looks like the video was fun to make – What was that whole experience like for you?
The video was super fun to make! Came with a few bruises though. The room was featured in Batman’s ‘The Dark Knight’ as the bat cave – I was majorly fan-girling out on being in that room! The room almost acted as a character in contrast to the gritty music. We had a great time filming, I loved everyone who worked on the set and we all had great vibes.
What was it like working to “visualize” the song – how did the idea for the video come about?
I knew I wanted something unexpected visually for this song. The obvious choice visually was running through a dark forest being chased by some creature with the jungly sounding drums. I wanted to contrast the gritty dark song with a clean sterile colorful environment, so the room we filmed in was perfect. We had a an published movie director film the video, which truly helped make the cinematic quality I was looking for.
The idea for the video came about during a full moon and I sat down alone in my living room and wrote the treatment. The fire I felt in my belly as I wrote it poured out of me. I was heavily inspired by the scene in ‘The Never Ending story’ when the empress holds the last glowing grain of sand in the black nothingness. Something about that visual stuck with me and it came to live in the “Something’s Happening” video.
Any special moments while on set – and where was this filmed?
The “Something’s Happening” video was filmed at the famous Popsicle Sudios in Los Angeles. The director’s wife and infant were there, along with my father and my husband – which meant a lot to me to me. It felt right and was nice to have that family environment during such an intense shoot to balance it out. I had a moment with two Madagascar cockroaches, ha ha! I am extremely scared of cockroaches so it was nice having that time to break my fear of them. But I’m sure if I saw one now in my home I would jump on a table and freak out. ;o)
You released your album “Too Soon To Cry” in July – Can we expect any new music soon? If so – can you spill some details about what you have coming?
I’m still pushing this album, but I’m always working on stuff in the background. It’s part of my DNA that keeps my insane brain, sane. I’ll be very excited to let these little birds fly. There will be another cinematic and dare I say “unexpected” music video coming soon!
Are there any other fun projects in the works you can tell us about?
This next music video is gonna be super-mega and I’m dying over the new treatment I’ve written for it. There is a few other creative projects that I’m working on and will release when the time is right. I’m writing new music now that will be released next year.
Are you planning to perform live anytime soon?
At this time I’m learning about my audience and fans. My music is eclectic and different – so I’m still learning what kind of fan base I can build and who is attracted to the music. I’ve been rehearsing and tightening up how the album translates to live performance – we hope to share the songs live next year.
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
I really like replying to people individually and supporting their creative ideas and endeavors. I’m a fan of my fans! It feels good to have a group of people who (as my husband always says) ‘picks up what I’m puttin down’ and gets where I’m coming from creatively.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
Facebook /WhatisDefoe and Instagram WhatisDefoe
Where do you see yourself in 5 years in your career and personal life?
I see myself scoring more films, being more hands on with filming and writing. Teaching my son about art and how to create it. And obviously writing, recoding and releasing more music!
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Find something you love to do and fight for the time to do it. If your not good at any one thing right away – try again and again – No one is good the first time. We are not all born to know how to ride a bike, but we keep trying until we do! Creating is the best antidepressant, and everyone is good at something. Whether it be a hobby or a career – go do it! Not because you want to, but because you HAVE to.
Thank you again for doing this interview with us and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
Thank you so much!
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Official Website: https://www.whatisdefoe.com/