Stacy Olieux Chats with TMI about her experience with writers block and her musical background
Is it harder to write or produce a song?
For me, it’s harder to produce a song. Doing it on my own, I use Logic and am not very good at using it yet. I have a lot to learn. But just coming up with chord progressions and melodies doesn’t come as second nature to me as simply as singing on top of chord progressions and melodies do. When I sing on top of them, it comes very naturally and the words just flow out of me.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? What do you do to get over it?
I do experience writer’s block. To get over it, I take a break from writing and listen to music that inspires me. This usually puts me back in the mood to write and gives me extra inspiration to come up with good material.
What is your musical background? Who or what got you into wanting to make music?
My musical background really came from my dad. He has a very eclectic taste in music. I would listen to all kinds of music growing up. I’ve always had an appreciation for music. But what got me into wanting to make music was the singer BANKS. She inspired me in ways I didn’t know I could be inspired. I loved her sound from the beginning and wanted to make music to, like her, connect with fans and express myself emotionally. She always says that putting your music out there is like putting your little babies out into the world and I totally get that. Making music puts you in such a vulnerable place and releasing it is like putting what you’ve made (your babies) out into the world for the world to see, and that can be scary, but also so rewarding if it is well received.
What is your favorite thing about performing live shows?
My favorite thing about performing live shows is the feedback you get from the crowd. If they’re vibing to your music, you take notice and it makes you feel understood and purposeful. I want to get to the point where the crowd can sing my lyrics with me because I just think that would be such an amazing experience. For you to go from being in your studio, singing lyrics that come from deep within you, to fans singing those lyrics back to you, maybe it even having a different meaning for them, it just seems like such a cool concept and something I’m really striving for.
Do you have a favorite song to perform or that you are looking to performing?
I’m really looking forward to performing my upcoming song, “Come Home,” because it just has so much meaning still attached to it and I think until I perform it, I won’t get that energy out of me. It’s a pretty dark song when you think about it. It has a lot to do with feeling lonely, overdoses, and a real plea to not be alone anymore. If I could perform that song and have fans understand and feel impacted by that song, it would make me feel so happy and like I’ve really achieved something.
What kind of music are you listening to right now?
Right now I’m listening to a lot of 6lack, BANKS, The Weeknd, and Drake. They each bring to the table something different, but something that I need. 6lack always delivers moody music that fits my feels. BANKS delivers on the inspirations and womanhood. The Weeknd. I just can’t get enough of his older music. It was so moody and it makes me feel so nostalgic. And Drake always hypes me up when I’m feeling low. I can rap almost any Drake song, just not in public.
Do you listen to any podcasts that are related to music? If so, which ones?
I don’t really listen to any music-related podcasts. I don’t really listen to podcasts in general. For a while, I was listening to a few to help me sleep, but never any for music. I don’t know why I never really got into them. I should!
Do you like to collaborate with others? What is that process like?
I’ve never collaborated with anyone else. Music is so personal to me that I haven’t reached out to collaborate with anyone else, but it’s definitely something I want to do. I want to expand from just working with myself to working with others. I think it’s a beautiful thing to make music with others. Music is something that should be shared, not just with fans, but among artists as well. I’d love to do a verse on someone else’s track or sing part of a chorus or something.
What is next for you?
What’s next for me is the release of my new song, “Come Home” on February 19th, 2021. I’m excited to see where that goes. After that, I’m hoping to put together an EP.
Please tell our readers where they can follow you!
You can follow me on Instagram: @officalstacyolieux, on Twitter: @stacyolieux, or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialstacyolieux
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