by the partae

Where are you currently based?

Nashville TN.

How did you first start playing music?

I have been singing for as long as I can remember making sound. My mom says that I was holding a note out long before making complete sentences.

What’s been happening recently?

Oh you know we had this thing called a global pandemic and it led to a lot of depression and stress and confusion and

loneliness and fear. Pretty normal stuff really ……

Your highly anticipated EP ‘Meridian: Vol 2’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

I keep saying that this project was not the result of trying to make something. It was not based on any external deadline. These songs were the things that got me out of bed and kept me connected to source and hope. I often think of songs as little bodies with different clothes. The songwriting is one part and then dressing them is another. A lot of the sounds were experimental and just felt what right in the moment.

How did you go about writing the EP?

Again these songs were often formed in quiet hours of panic and sadness and trying to make sense of a feeling. Like “you can feel hopeful and still need some space” — it was a moment where isolation was both the worst and best thing for me. It led me into my thoughts. It led me into myself. My healing. But also I was very sick of the loneliness. I was lucky to collab with friends and people I love dearly, and that – although virtual – was really a saving grace. 

What does this EP mean to you?

It means you can feel broken and still be ok. 

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?

I wrote a whole sheet on the credits on social media but besides collaborators Phoebe Ryan & Now Now. I also wrote and produced this with dear friends of mine, mixed remotely via London. and mastered in Los Angeles.

How did you approach the recording process?

I often just let the demo become the record so a lot of it is throw paint at the wall and see what sticks. But when I need to add layers I end up trying things from my home studio or working with others to help me bring it to life – like choir stacks in BURDEN. I had my friend Luna Shadows engineer and produce that session.  

Please tell us about your experience as a queer in the music scene/industry:

It’s lovely that there is more visibility but honestly it’s hard not being a queer artist with a perfect body and abs. It is as if media doesn’t want to recognize a true rainbow of queerdom. If it fits a general media pin-up look there is a lot of attention paid. I try to just continue to be boldly myself even if/even when i don’t fit a mainstream queer box. 

Who are you listening to at the moment?

G flip, Patrick Droney, and myself 🙂

What do you like to do away from music?

walk my dog. and see as much art as possible. drink coffee and wander museums. kiss boys. 

What’ s planned for the remainder of 2021 going into 2022?

kiss boys. take a break. go on tour in February 😉

Favourite food and place to hangout?

My friends make incredible food and I love to make coffee and hangout with friends in my living room.


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