Who were your musical inspirations growing up?
I grew up listening to a lot of Madonna, Green Day and Radiohead.
When did you decide to pursue music as a career?
I was scouted by management though my high school choir performance, which is so random and crazy! But it was during my senior year, and I was in a place of choosing which college I wanted to go to even though music was really my passion. I didn’t know where to begin when it came to music, so having someone believe in me really helped lead me to where I am today!
What is the inspiration behind your new EP?
I haven’t decided if it’s an EP yet! I’m definitely going to be releasing new songs every month, and a lot of them are based on my relationships and the ups and downs of being in love, while also finding yourself at the same time.
You said you really know what you wanna say. What it is then?
A lot of my experiences while growing up, I’ve struggled with feeling accepted and like I belong. So I feel like a really important part or my journey is to be honest about my feelings, no matter how scary that might be, and hopefully that motivates others to realize that there are people who share those same feelings and experiences. I want people to be able to be vulnerable without being ashamed or have fears of being rejected.
How was being « you » in a traditional Persian family?
My parents immigrated to the US, so I’m first-generation American. They raised me on traditional Persian values, and I know my parents did their best and have always been supportive, but to be completely honest, but I still feel disconnected in a lot of ways even though I “came out” through my music video. I think In the back of their minds, they still view it as a phase, but personally me, showing them that music video was more for me.
You came out with « Only a girl ». Was that liberating doing that through music ?
Oh My God! Beyond liberating! I’ve hidden such a huge part of my identity growing up, so as soon as that video went live, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted. That was one of the most gratifying moments of my life.
"So many beautiful messages about how my songs have helped people come out to their parents or be more accepting of themselves, so it’s such an incredible feeling knowing that I did that for someone"
You seem pretty aware of who you are and who you want to be. Do you think this is a trouble time for this?
Not at all because I think people want honesty and have artists that they can actually look up to, so I’m honored to be that for anyone!
Are equal rights important to you?
One hundred percent! We’re all human and deserve to be treated equally. Period.
Have you had any fan letters regarding the impact you’ve had on their lives?
Yes! So many beautiful messages about how my songs have helped people come out to their parents or be more accepting of themselves, so it’s such an incredible feeling knowing that I did that for someone and makes everything I’ve been working on- all the hours writing and in the studio recording- totally worth it.
How does it feel to have had such a great response to your debut release?
I’m so grateful that I’ve had such an amazing base of supportive fans. The feedback has been incredible, and I truly feel so lucky to be in any position where my music is being heard at all! It’s a huge motivator to work harder and release more music!
How would you describe your sound?
It varies song to song but I definitely think it’s pop with hints of dance, alternative, and trap percussions.
What do you hope to achieve in the next years?
I can’t wait to play more live shows! I’m playing a couple of Pride’s and my first Festival this summer, but eventually...A sold out arena would be crazy, and honestly just connecting with more people!