Convo With Edie Yvonne
Welcome, music enthusiasts, to an exciting interview with a rising star in the music industry. She may be just 14 years old, but her talent and creativity are boundless. Hailing from the vibrant city of Los Angeles, she's a singer-songwriter who's been making waves with her recent work.
Edie Yvonne, the young artist behind the compelling song "Queen Bee" and the visionary short film about mean girls and their minions, joins us today to share her journey and insights into her artistry.
Edie's unique musical path has been influenced by her grandmother's operatic background, providing her with a deep connection to music from an early age. Her experiences at the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts have further honed her performance skills, contributing to her growth as a musician.
"Queen Bee" is a song that resonates with many, and today, Edie Yvonne will reveal the personal experiences and inspirations that led to its creation. We'll also delve into her creative process, exploring how she infuses her music with introspective lyrics and vulnerability.
Edie's music is known for evoking deep emotions, and she'll share her approach to crafting songs that provide a glimpse into her diary. "Queen Bee" aims to empower and bring joy, serving as a release for pent-up resentments.
Despite her young age, Edie Yvonne has already made a significant impact in the industry, and we'll hear about the evolution of her musical journey and her thoughts on the artists who've influenced her style and vision.
With an upcoming single titled "Girl Code" on the horizon, Edie will give us a sneak peek into what her fans can expect next. And, of course, we'll explore the messages she hopes her audience receives when they listen to her music, including "Queen Bee."
Balancing a rapidly growing music career with school and personal life can be a challenge, but Edie Yvonne manages it with grace. She'll reveal how she navigates these aspects of her life while finding inspiration for her songs. So, stay tuned as we dive into the world of Edie Yvonne, a young artist with a bright future ahead, and explore the stories behind her music and her creative journey.
How did your grandmother's influence and her background in opera impact your musical journey and the development of your unique style as an artist?
EY: She is always singing and humming constantly. All day, everyday. Music is what drives her. I’ve always felt very connected to her through music and her passion for music, even into her 90s, is inspiring.
Can you tell us about your experiences at the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts and how they contributed to your growth as a musician?
EY: Doing musical theater from such an early age I think gave me a love of performing and a lot of experience doing so. Maybe more than 20 musicals by the age of 10-12. I did it every season because I loved it until the pandemic pivoted to online performances. That’s when I started writing music.
"Queen Bee" is a deeply emotional song. Can you share more about the personal experiences or inspirations that led to its creation?
EY: From a young age, the more creative kids at my school were treated differently and very poorly by a gaggle of girls. It was like that for most of elementary school until I had enough and finally left the school early before graduation from 6th grade. It was very liberating to be free from their daily negative energy. They could be pretty cruel sometimes to certain classmates. At my new school I was met with kindness and compassion. But now that I started high school, things are changing and people show their true colors at this stage I guess - new dynamics to navigate. My new song / album GIRL CODE wants to take on this subject further.
What was the creative process like when you were writing "Queen Bee," both in terms of lyrics and melody?
EY: I was having a hard time with a close friend of mine and was trying to figure out how to deal with it. The lyrics hit me one day at school and the rest pours out especially when I’m reacting to hurt or disappointment.
Your music is known for its introspective lyrics. How do you approach songwriting to convey such deep emotions and vulnerability in your songs?
EY: I always think of songwriting like a glimpse into a personal diary. Sometimes when I’m really inspired, confused, or upset, it just feels easier to capture those feelings through song and be able to process them through storytelling. Especially knowing that someone, somewhere could maybe relate to it or understand the issue at hand.
Could you describe the atmosphere and emotions you hope to evoke in your listeners when they hear "Queen Bee"?
EY: Empowerment and joy. (Maybe a bit of revenge fantasy?). But a way to release resentments!
How has your musical journey evolved since you first started, considering your young age and the significant impact you've already made in the industry?
EY: I’m just getting started. You are so kind! Working independently there is a lot of freedom in that. It’s so early and I’m still learning so much. It’s been really excited being able to experiment in the studio, take risks, put ideas out in the world, get feedback. Being in the studio over the past year there is a new level of comfort and confidence that comes gradually from each new session.
Are there any particular artists or musicians who have had a profound influence on your musical style and artistic vision?
EY: So many different artists I admire. Blondie, the Bangles, Eydie Gorme who I was named after, Massive Attack, the Fugees, Prince, Missing Persons, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Cardigans, Mazzy Star, Portishead, Florence + The Machine, Fiona Apple, Carly Simon, and so many more! I just saw Beabadoobee at the Greek and I adore her and her music so much. Katy Perry, No Doubt, Fleetwood Mac, Garbage, always blasting Brittany in the car.
Can you share any upcoming projects or collaborations that your fans can look forward to?
EY: I am incredibly excited about an upcoming single Girl Code with a new producer Rio Root who is brilliant. I want to release it on my 15th birthday in November.
What message or takeaway do you hope your audience receives when they listen to your music, particularly "Queen Bee"?
EY: Power, confidence and fun. It feels light and joyful and hopefully can brighten your day or mood. Definitely tried to channel 80s 90210 vibes. The storyboard for the song was like Wonderwoman meets Xanadu meets Saved by the Bell.
With your rapidly growing career, how do you balance your music with other aspects of your life, such as school and personal time?
EY: I got to be in the studio a lot this summer and locked down several songs so I’m just easing back into school now and the drama that comes with it, definitely makes for lots of song inspo! Fuel for the fire.