When did you realize that you wanted to be a musician?
I thought I was getting away with something when I first started making up songs. I thought I needed to get permission or sign a contract with the government before I could write a song (I was like 9, okay?). But I’m such a rebel that I kept with it and here I am.
Can you talk about the first project you made as a professional musician?
The first song I recorded and released onto streaming platforms was a few years back and called Cash. I wrote it (just like I write all of my songs) and then went and recorded it with a producer. Now I produce my own songs too which gives me more creative and financial freedom.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a musician / what is the biggest challenge you have faced as a musician?
Imagine a painter having to build her art studio, brick by brick, mixing her own paints out of dry pigments, and organizing her own art show- then going out on the street and inviting people to come see her work. This is what it’s like to be a musician these days. While learning to produce music, learning about what music equipment I need to make my performances sound good, keeping my lyrics, sheet music, equipment, and dates organized, researching the music industry, and working on short-term projects so I have fresh content for my followers, the biggest challenge is balancing every part of being a musician while not losing my focus from the main thing I love- sitting in my room finding new melodies to match up with my poems. Taking that new melody/lyric mash-up to a drummer and jamming out in the garage. Polishing my creation into something I can share with people in a backyard concert. Then, of course, when the backyard concert is over, it's back to hitting the books and catching up on what was going on in the music industry while I was playing my set. It’s a fun loop we get to live in.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a musician?
I wish I could answer this question with the help of my piano because this is the exact thing I am talking about. Music can communicate things that words can’t. That is the most rewarding part about being a musician. I have access to a tool that can zap people into any time period, any emotion, any aesthetic! I can make you remember things you forgot you never knew. That is the most rewarding aspect of being a musician. And when musicians use that tool to unify people and help each other understand how much we all have in common, how many times we have all sat and felt so so hopeless, or SO on top of the world, or whatever really specific thing comes to mind- we have all been there and sometimes all it takes is a song that wraps up our intense emotions into a melodic, rhyming, catchy ballad, and everything makes a little more sense. That is the most rewarding part of being a musician.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
PRINCE, need I say more?
Who would be your dream collaboration?
I would sell my left hand to collaborate with HAIM. The 3-sister rock band can turn any day into a party. They are all poetically brilliant, and so talented.
What project has been your favorite?
The writing, recording, producing, and release process for my song Timeless was so fun! I did everything from designing the artwork to photoshopping the funky release countdown photos on my instagram. I learned how to make a lyric video on my own and printed out flyers which are now hung in over 15 states haha! I learned A LOT and the song means so much to me.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting to be a musician right now?
I would tell them It’s not a fight. It’s a dance, a song. It’s fun! The happiness you are wanting to find in your music career, you have to first find on your own, deep down at the core of what you love- music. Not in the audience, or the business side of things just yet, but anchor yourself in the reason you do what you do- the way you feel when you are making music.
What do you have in store for us this year?
I have a few songs out you can listen to while you wait on my next releases, which will be this summer. You can find me playing cities all over Texas and a few out of state this summer, so keep your windows cracked open and listen for the sound of my piano. Oh, and have your dancing shoes nearby; we like to tap our feet at my shows;)
Keep an eye out for more Lyana Skye music coming soon.