If I had to name one artist that has instilled a love for music in me, that inspired me to craft my own music, that has gotten me through my hardest moments, it would be Taylor Swift. At the risk of sounding like a copycat of Olivia Rodrigo or Conan Gray (whom I both look up to very much and I’ll touch on later), who are both massive Swifties, I think it’s safe to say that she has played and continues to play an integral part of my life. The way she can weave words that hold and support you no matter what you’re feeling is something that a small number of other artists have been able to achieve— for me, personally, at least. Without Taylor Swift, I certainly wouldn’t have begun to write my own songs. I wanted to be the next her. Luckily, I have a stronger sense of identity now, but her role in my development as an artist is so important. It took me a while to find other artists who touched me the way she did; I lived off of her and The Beatles for most of my life. (At this point it’s trite to say The Beatles are your musical inspiration— it’s essentially a given.)
When it comes to songwriting, I don’t really have a process that is set in stone. Most often, I get an idea in the middle of the night for some witty line to use later on or a general concept of a song. Sometimes, after these ideas occur, I might continue with them at that same time, staying up late to make sure I don’t forget anything. Other times, I promise myself that I’ll remember when I wake up in the morning what I was thinking about. I almost never do, so I usually base the decision on what I need more— sleep or a new song. I almost always write lyrics first, and I prefer to finish (as a rough draft) an entire song before setting it to music. Though there are times where I want to use specific chords to the point where I will craft a song around the emotions the chords evoke. Sometimes, there are piano melodies that I will write a song around too; rarely does a vocal melody come to me before any of these other things.