I really appreciate you all taking the time to ask me such thoughtful questions! I had a lot of fun thinking about the answers. I answered most of them in the video (below), however there were a few questions that I felt I hadn’t really done justice in my answers, which I didn’t realise until I was editing. I’d like to take a moment to answer them in this blog post so that I can give them thoughtful answers!
@th3na asked: what got you into astrology and tarot, and how do you think your life perspective and path are influenced by them?
I started reading Tarot as a teenager, but my interest in all things ‘hidden’ or occult started a long time ago. As a child I was “away with the fairies” and desperate to discover what lay behind the mirror of our reality. When I discovered Tarot at the age of 16, I was taught to read it by a wonderfully wise Psychic lady, who happened to be the mother of my boyfriend at the time. She taught me the symbolism of the Rider-Waite deck, and how to interpret a spread (a Tarot spread that I still use to this day) as well as about a lot of different divination techniques. I found what I was looking for. I’m pretty new to understanding Astrology on a deeper level (all the aspects of the chart rather than just the Sun), although in my late teens I played a game of guessing teachers’ star signs based on how they presented themselves to us. In terms of my perspective, I’d say that divination, astrology, and general wider reading into different practices have deepened my understanding of others and what to expect from them (and myself). I do think that my ‘path’ in life has been influenced by my spiritual practices, and I think as I get older I’ll have more ability to put my skills to use for others. I’m particularly interested in aromatherapy and Reiki healing, and later in life I intend to train further in these fields so that I can heal others.
@th3na asked: how do you fight or get over writer’s block/a lack of inspiration?
I wish I had a good answer for this! I rarely follow my own advice. I genuinely don’t write (because I struggle so much) throughout the winter. I write my last lyrics in the Autumn and I don’t write again until the Spring. It’s not intentional – I wish I could write more, and all year round – but it’s just what happens. I’m a slow writer at the best of times! I hope that one day I’ll be able to move to California or somewhere equally as beautiful and inspiring, and won’t be so tormented by long dark British winters as I think that has a lot to do with it. In terms of fighting or overcoming it, I try to just prepare for/expect it, and not beat myself up so much. It might feel like I’ll never write another song as long as I live, but I know that’s not true. I am just patient. I try to open my mind and heart to inspiration, I try to actively seek it out. I try to watch more movies, read more books, speak to more people. Then, one day, the phrase for a new song comes into my head and I’m thankful! I try to be actively grateful when I can write a song, and I try to enjoy it as much as I can. (That’s definitely what happened with Moonbaby Magic.)
@70scherrybomb asked: what’s the era that inspired you to be who you are?
As I mentioned a couple of times in the video, I’m very nostalgic! I think, rather than a certain time or era, it’s my nostalgia that drives me and is essentially “who I am”. It just happens to be that I am most attracted to the ’60s and ’70s aesthetically (if my understanding of the question is correct!) simply because I enjoy the music, fashion, films and actors/actresses of the time! It’s my nostalgic nature that pushes me to look backwards rather than forwards in the first place.
@aubadelove asked: how do you record your songs and who does the music?
Everything you hear in the acoustic songs were written and recorded in my bedroom! I have almost a criminally simple set up where I simply play and sing at the same time into one microphone. It’s definitely not the most efficient or technologically-advanced technique but it suits me well. I usually either upload my acoustic demos for you guys to hear (like I did with Bleed, Honey, Honeydew, Heaven California, Golden Heart, Moonbaby Magic), or I send them on to Ruben and he sends me back the most amazing ideas for where he thinks the songs could go. The final versions that you hear – Golden Heart, Heaven California – have all been produced by Ruben and he plays all the guitars!
Well, I think I have now answered all the questions! I really tried hard to answer them as thoughtfully as they deserve! Please let me know what you thought, in the comments. Like I said at the end of the video, if you have any further questions please do get in touch!