An Exclusive Interview With Sunflower Child

I am 23 making lovey dovey or melancholic music out of my bedroom. A Coke by my side and a pack of cigs to calm my racing mind. I like to describe myself as the flower that has bloomed, died many times but somehow comes back to life after the tragic storm/winters. I write from my heart and experiences.

Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Ans: Don’t set your goals too high because if they fall through, you will never be disappointed. It’s something my dad told me that I have always stuck by. I try to make my goals realistic and achieve them the best I can.

Q: What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car?

Ans: This is a tough one, but I really love singing anything by The Front Bottoms. More specifically, it’d probably be their song ‘Ginger’

Q: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words?

Ans: retro, 90s, pop, romance, melancholy

Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the proccess?

ANS: I spend hours writing music and fine tuning things so they sound good to myself. Because honestly I write the music for me. It has helped me through some struggles in my life and the songs I write reflect my personal experiences of being a young adult. My favorite part has to be thinking about what feel I want the song to have, such as being dancy, slow, sad, happy, etc. I tend to listen to other artists to get the inspiration for my sound. It really helps listening to how they create their tracks.

Q:Who are your inspirations?

Ans: Clairo, Billie Elish, Cuco, Boy Pablo, Gus Dapperton, The Front Bottoms, Rex Orange County. I listen to so many genres from the 40s to the modern music that I could make a list that would blow people’s minds and probably take me 10+ years to write out. I am not joking haha.

Q: If you could perform with anyone, in the future, who would it have to be?

Ans: If I got to perform with Kesha, I’d probably cry. So either her or weirdly enough, Earl Sweatshirt (my fave rapper btw)

Q: Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now?

Ans: Right now, my entire EP is done and ready to go. It’s going to be titled ‘Growing Old/Getting Fat’. It should be released hopefully by October and I have so many fun things planned for it that I can’t share at the moment. But more than likely I will do some type of EP release show in my city.

Q:Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career or just advice about careers in general?

Ans :  Honestly, go for it. You never know what will happen if you don’t try. That applies to everything besides music. Like how are you supposed to know if you can work for a company you want to be at if you don’t put in the application? Life is weird and opportunities always present themselves, it is really up to us to put ourselves on those paths and take them when they come up.

If you are feeling nervous or not confident about your voice, just keep practicing, don’t listen to people’s hateful comments and keep being you. Seriously, this took a long time for me to learn but it has made me a better musician and I’ve found the people who love my work. At the end of the day 5-20 fans are still 5-20 fans. Someone cares enough to listen to you.

Q: If you had a soundtrack to your life what song/songs would have to be on it?

Ans :

-“Note to Self” by Modern Baseball

-“Grand Finale” by The Front Bottoms

-“When I Get Old” by Descendents

-“4Ever” by Clairo

-“Motivation” by Sum41

Q: What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Ans: This question makes me laugh because I started playing guitar when I was 8 years old and I was god awful. The first song I learned was “Fine Again” by Seether off their ‘Disclaimer II’ album. I then learned a lot of classic rock like Cream, AC/DC, The Scorpions, etc. because my dad plays guitar and was teaching me power chords. He eventually was too busy to teach me anymore so I stopped playing until I was 14. I picked up an acoustic one day and then self taught myself pretty much every Taylor Swift song haha. T-Swift for life. Then from there, I learned enough from her that I was able to learn whatever I wanted to. So thanks Taylor for being 1. pretty as hell but 2. writing songs about breakups, that made it more relatable during my teen years.

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