We have dug the tunes from Spritely for awhile. The product of the music program at The University of Southern California, she is able to make pop tunes with a high level of intelligence and heart. Her website calls her brand of artistry “emo music, grown up” with mixes of electro and indie rock for good measure. We got the opportunity to speak with the rising artist as well as a special bonus – the release of the brand new (like, today) video for her single “Miles”. She has some cool things in store for the new year. Check it out below.
Tell us about Miles. What was the process of writing it and what’s the meaning behind it?
Where do you gather inspiration as a songwriter?
My life, surprise surprise! I am a hopeless (& dramatic and tragic) romantic, so many of my songs stem from that kind of thing. But at some point I started to realize that all my ‘heartache’ came down to a sense of existential loneliness, and thus began the path of spiritual/self-discovery that now dominates a lot of my writing. I still write about love and my experiences, but from more of an existential perspective: why are we lonely? Why do we hurt? What is God?
If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?
I was oh-so-close to going to college for communications, because that’s what my older sisters did and it seemed to be the responsible choice. I’d probably have graduated early, moved to Manhattan to be with my sisters, and snagged a quasi-creative 9-5 job at some company. I initially want to say that I would be miserable, but I think happiness is relative; without having seen and lived this musical world out here in LA, I probably would have been okay. However, I would not be thriving.
What made you get into music? Why did you want to become an artist?
I don’t know where the love of singing came from—it seems like I knew on some instinctual level from the day I became conscious/realized I was a human. The first distinct memory I have of expressing it was when I demanded that my mom to “get me an agent” so I could be Annie on broadway (which of course didn’t happen). But I knew that I wanted to “be a singer” years before that.
How would you describe your sound?
Catchy melodies over existential-love lyrics and angsty pop-rock arrangements. Really expressive vocal performance, big builds, wall-of-sound, lots of cathartic release. Boom.
How did you come to find that sound?
When I first started playing with a band I had absolutely no idea how to describe what was in my head, and I was terrible at giving song references. After years of them (and me) trying to figure out what I meant by “broken” or “floaty” or “grooving”, we developed the sound. As I started working one-on-one with producers, their tastes helped refine the sound even more. It’s constantly evolving.
What are you working on musically right now?
I am working on a big EP with my producer and best buddy Michael Armstrong. I’ve never been this stoked about music before—this is going to majorly expand the definition of Spritely, and I think people are really gonna like it.
What can your fans expect from Spritely in the next year or so?
See above, wink wink 😉