Last month I was interviewed by a local Los Angeles magazine, VoyageLA!
You can read the full interview here, and I'll excerpt it below. Weeeeeeeeee
(We discuss music, success, and bodies as magical flesh suits. Don't miss it!)
Felicia, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
For as long as I can remember, I have found an outlet in the arts — dancing, painting, singing, piano, music. I grew up listening to pop and musical theater, singing loudly in the shower, and did dozens of musicals growing up.
I’ve always felt too sensitive for normal life. If you need a friend who will cry at movies, TV commercials, or find inanimate objects such as pairs of shoes or old plastic toys deeply sympathetic, I’m your gal.
After college, I found work as an actor, performing in a Broadway tour and whatnot. But reaching relative success made me confront the fact that musicals were only in the vicinity of my calling, without actually hitting the bullseye.
In my twenties I began to seriously combine my love of music with songwriting and music production, and I worked in the shadows for 3 or 4 years before releasing my first two singles and music videos this past summer.
I’ve been married and divorced, have lived in New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and now L.A, and have had many different hairstyles.
I feel wise some days but also like an absolute fetus.
We’d love to hear more about your music. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a “human voice in an electronic world.” I like clear, listenable tunes that connect and reveal, versus obscure.
I am obsessed with the body and how strange it is. I want to capture the experience of living in a fleshy bloody magical movement suit.
I self-produce alternative pop music in a really disorganized way. But I find the result is better when I just go wild and then make sense of it later. I love e-drums and beats and playing with groove. The vocals have to be really true and not faked.
Often a song starts as one thing, life happens, and then the song becomes something else. The x-factor ingredient is time. Time usually helps a song make sense.
My love of beats + my musical theater background leads to some weird stuff. I think of rhythm as the body, emotions as the melody, and lyrics as the mind. It’s never that neat and methodical, though.
My songs tell stories. If you don’t know what the hell is going on, I haven’t done my job.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is being able to stand behind your creations without feeling like you’ve compromised telling the truth.
It’s the feeling of being unmediated and connected to your core, then writing, expressing, performing from there.
The best feeling is when people say they felt something visceral from your work. That they validated, seen, or some other sort of catharsis.
Something sweet for your ear holes, or even your eye ballz