Maxim Meyer-Horn

14 May

Noah Cyrus: “I’m Just Really Taking My Life by the Balls Now!”

In 2017, we met Noah Cyrus for the first time, and back then, there were big plans to make the teenager a global superstar by preparing the release of her debut album. Almost four years later, her debut album is still due to be released and the young singer has changed drastically. After struggling with her mental health, Cyrus shares her second EP ‘The End Of Everything’ with the world where she opens up about her depression. We had a very interesting talk with Noah and we thinkg her EP could definitely be a voice for many teenagers in our society.

Back in 2017, we had an interview with you in Brussels, where we talked about the plans of your debut album. Three years later, it all turned out differently. How would you summarize the past four years?

The past four years have been a massive roller-coaster. I don’t think any of us really knew what we were going to do with me at that time, and there wasn’t a full plan. I was just 17, and everything was totally new to me.

Being a young woman in this music business, it’s hard to be taken seriously and get completely listened to. It’s not easy to have control and say over what you’re doing as a new artist. I would say that the last three years have been me taking the control back of my life and my music. I’m just really taking my life by the balls now, and these four years have been pretty insane.

You released your first song as a teenager, but now you’re an adult. How did your songwriting or sound change in your opinion?

I don’t think the way that I write has changed because it’s still very me, and I don’t think that the way I wrote was that of a problem. I think that I’ll always write about things that happen to me. I was just very new to the scene and didn’t know who I wanted to be in the room with me to make music.

Now, I’m surrounded by people I really love like PJ Harding, Labyrinth, and Triangle Park, who’s one of my absolute favorite producers. They all became family to me and have helped me with making the EP. I have, for example, this song called “Ghosts”, which I actually wrote in 2018, and they helped me find the sound that fits the song.

The End Of Everything is a very relatable piece of art, which is way deeper or more personal than we would expect. Would you label the EP as a collection of sad songs?

I think there goes a lot of hope into my songs, but they definitely have sad meanings and came from a sad place. I think they’re more hopeful than sad.

“Ghost”, the opening track of the EP, is very deep and sees you opening up about your struggles. Is music good therapy for you?

Honestly, it really is. I love writing about how I’m feeling and think I can’t write hypothetically about things. I can write from the perspective of other people, but I need some truth in the records I make to really connect with what I’m writing about.

Let’s talk about the first single “Lonely”. How does the music video embody the feeling you had when you wrote the song?

The music video really captures how I was feeling when I penned the track. I felt so lonely even when there were thousands of people around me. Some of them wanted to help me and others just passed by…

The title track of the project is a little bit more uplifting because it tells us that we have to live more in the moment. How are you trying to do that yourself?

I’m trying to check in on my family and those who are important to me every day. I try to prioritize what’s important and what should come first because, in the past, I’ve done it differently. I prioritized things that should have been second on the list, and now I know. Of course, I feel bad when I fuck up, but I’m just a human as it comes.

The End Of Everything is so powerful because of the way you share your story. Do you hope the songs inspire others to talk more openly about their struggles?

I do because I think that the biggest thing you can do is starting the conversation about mental health if you’re dealing with mental health issues. In fact, they aren’t issues because at the end of the day I want people to talk about it and hope they can open up. I just hope it will get them somewhere better.

Do you think that your next project is going to sound similar or will have the same theme?

The next project will, of course, stay true to who I am because my music is just my music. I think that the album will be a little bit more produced because this EP is very raw and is based around guitar and piano. I wanted it to be that way and have this rawness, but I will continue to evolve musically.

When can we expect your first album?

I don’t know to be honest. We’ll get through this EP and we’ll see after that.

The End Of Everything is out on the 15th of May on all platforms. 

Photos by Brian Ziff

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