How would you describe the feeling of finally sharing your first record with the world?
It feels very good but also a little bit bizarre. Excitement is the main feeling, but I’m ecstatic to have expanded on the soundscape of this project. I spent quite a while working on it; I wrote some songs on the record five years ago and some I wrote just earlier this year. I’ve taken my time, but I’m very proud of the result, so mainly I’m super excited.
You worked on the record in New York. Have you had difficulties being so far away from home and making this personal album?
My relationship with New York is complicated because it almost feels like an ex-boyfriend. I started going there in 2012 when I lived abroad for a bit and I did all my pit stops in New York. I fell in love with the city and tried to come back when I could, so spending the whole of fall there last year to work on my album made perfect sense for me.
It felt like a dream come true, but it was also challenging to be so far away from friends and family. Writing an album is such a personal experience, so not having that support system was a bit difficult at the time. I love New York because it’s as crazy as I am, and being there complimented the album-making process.