Why did you choose the name Sudan Archives?
Sudan is an early nickname just because my mom thought it was pretty. Archives comes from my obsession with ethnomusicology.
First, why do you write?
It is a natural thing. I consider myself a poet. I am always jotting down questions and thoughts.
After two EPs, this will be your first album. Have you learned a lot since then?
I now have a better skill to work with others, before it was almost impossible. But now they only help me get to my true sound quicker now that I’ve established that on my own.
What should we expect from the album?
A clear cut but vulnerable soundtrack diary of my life.
You add violin. Do you have a classical training?
No. I am now taking violin lessons with Dominic Johnson a classically trained violinist, but his approach is basically to use my own songs as practice.
Would you say your album is political?
Yes, because me living my life without any music is political on its own.
"I don’t use metaphors to confront issues in this album"
A lot of times when people talk about empowering women, they often use male-associated attributes. Do you think you need to be that way to show you’re strong?
I think there is a misunderstanding of what is male like and what is women like, so no.
You said the album is « more confrontational ». In what way?
I don’t use metaphors to confront issues in this album. My earlier songs like oatmeal confronted the roles of a women and the stress that comes with that pressure. But I don’t think anyone would’ve guessed that because of the oatmeal reference. Now I believe I’m more clear in this album purposely.
You’re from Ohio and moved to LA. Do you still feel connected with your native town?
Yes, the keyboardist that will join me from my album release show is from Cincinnati, the only feature is a Native as well.
You will go on a tour across Europe and the United States. Do you like being on stage?
I used to hate it because I didn’t understand the art of performing but now I’m more in tune with that and almost dissociate myself from the art to make it more enjoyable for me.
The music industry is particularly judgmental. How do you deal with that?
I’ve been judged and outcasted all my life so feels familiar...