*After discovering this talented rising artist via OkayPlayer.Com, HYPEFRESH®had to reach out to speak with this young gifted lady!
"Merging classical training with a unique DIY recording process, Sudie is an artist who’s truly forging her own territory. The 22-year-old singer, songwriter and musician, describes her sound as “something jazzy meets kind of crazy… It’s a sound she’s crafted all by herself, utilizing a pair of keyboards, a cheap microphone and a MacBook inside the confines of her tiny bathroom in Dallas, TX. Every true artist takes their own journey to finding their voice, and for Sudie that path took her from Texas to Dubai and back. Born in Florida, she moved all over the U.S. as a kid, including stops in Dallas and Atlanta, on account of her dad’s job as a pilot. The one constant was music."
This discussion with rising pop artist, Sudie - is different from other interviews. HYPEFRESH® Curator, Clark Kennedy sat down with the rising star to talk about the relevance between her life & music, and what part it played in her growing career. No spoilers here, read below to find out what she had to say!
We at HYPEFRESH® Magazine are big supporters of your music. Thank you for putting together the works that you do!
Wow, thank you! I really appreciate you guys! (smiling)
Lets start off by talking about your start in music... How'd you get into this career?
It all started with a piano... My older sister studied & played piano at a young age. Me being the younger sister of the two, I was influenced by this. I started messing around with the keys, (not taking lessons or anything) and then around 4 or 5 years old, I wrote my first song on it. It was pretty shitty at that time (laughing) because of being so young, however - singing was what I loved. I asked my parents to give me lessons so I could get better, and by 5-6 years old, I was doing so. And from there, it just escalated the more I practiced daily. It got to the point where I was doing lessons at least 3 times a week, minimum. As I got older, I constantly practiced, always looking for the best vocal coaches to keep me on my A-Game. Then years later when I graduated from high school (In Dubai) & College (Dallas), that's when I started getting into production. Though producing is still fairly new for me, singing & writing have always been my main things since the beginning.
What's your purpose through the music you create & how does it impact your life?
As you know, artists all use different mediums to draw up their purpose. Sometimes, creative people like myself, use outlets to express ourselves due to having so much on our brains! It can be difficult (at times) to get the point across to others. For me, it's definitely through music, writing and composing, creating relatable music. It was so important through my college days to expand my skill sets in different musical areas so I could express myself. It impacted my life fully by being able to communicate my thoughts through my creations and share what was going on in my life - so others could experience that.
Now you mentioned going to high school in Dubai... Did living there influence the music you create today?
Oh, definitely! Living in Dubai was an experience! It's majorly different from many places i've been or lived. Dubai is a such a huge melting pot of people from all over the world. The design and architecture is amazing. The culture & lifestyle there is incredible, *especially witnessing how often the natives pray there. (Its like 5 times a day or something). Being around this definitely influenced me in a "classical" music kind of way. I also had a classical vocal teacher while there in combination to being exposed to this incredibly influential culture. I think thats how it inspired me mostly.
Any artists in the industry you're influenced by? Whether from overseas or here in the states?
Ella Fitzgerald. Her voice was amazing, and had the strongest pull on me in how she utilized her voice. She influenced me to join a jazz band in High School! Bjork blew my mind away (chuckling) She's just simply incredible, I mean that goes without saying.. Sade - also played a huge part as well... There's so many, I don't event know where to begin (laughing). But definitely as a vocalist & singer, these would be the main three. Others are those such as Billie Holliday, The Beach Boys, etc;. We can be here forever on this topic (laughing).
Wow, your very diverse in inspirations!
Yeah, thank you... I definitely think so too! Thanks for saying that.
Lastly, Your newest single "Spill"... Tell us what life experiences fueled this track into fruition?
Oh for sure. Heartbreak fueled this track. A really long relationship that I was in - ended with a guy I was seeing previously. We lived together, and grew a bond, and then one day he decides to move, (like really far away, to a different state) As that happened, me and one of my girlfriends became really close. One night we had a girls outing together, and had a heart to heart about this, because she was in a similar situation (like mines). She cried, I cried, we talked for hours about relationships, and even prayed together! It was a crazy experience to have gone through this at the same time as a close friend did. So the next day, I found myself in the kitchen of my house, writing the lyrics to this track based off of everything from the night prior. Then I took those lyrics to the piano, composed a piece that would compliment the content and then I moved into the production process. I wanted to make the beat feel just like the situation was in that very moment I was reconciling with my girlfriend. ... yeah, thats the entire story.
And this track came to you all at once?
Yes and no. It was bits and little pieces that came over a period of time, sporadically. The situation with my girlfriend... her going through heartbreak in the same fashion that I just had previously, provided the closer in inspiration to "Spill". Sometimes the creative process CAN be systematic, but most times its sporadic. (chuckling)
Wow... This has been such an awesome chat! Thank you for taking time out to talk to us!
Same here! It was really fun answering these questions! I really appreciate you guys too!