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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: See What GRAE Had To Say About ‘Room In The Desert’

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: See What GRAE Had To Say About ‘Room In The Desert’

If you’re looking for your next alt-pop fave, look no further than GRAE. From the minute we heard her new track ‘Room In The Desert’ we were obsessed. You might recognize GRAE’s voice from when her songs were featured on Nancy Drew and The Bold Type. She has such beautiful vocals and her music will definitely have you grooving. Also just wait until you see this music video. If you hate bugs you might not love it but we highly encourage you to check it out.

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We were lucky enough to get to chat with GRAE about her new song and the video, so check out what she had to say!

How would you define your sound? What makes you, you?
My sound is a combination of the artists I love and listen to. I’ve really started incorporating my influences into my music, but of course, creating something fresh and “GRAE” is the most important part of that. I love experimenting with sounds and finding what works for me and my voice.

‘Room In The Desert’ had a pretty unique creative process behind it, starting with uncertainty and leading to a song that can be interpreted differently by everyone who hears it. Is the way you wrote this song similar to how your other music is written or is each song different?
I’ve never written a song the way I did ‘Room In The Desert,’ it was a unique process for me. I had no inspiration that day and decided to write something about nothing. It wasn’t pulled from personal experience until I re-read the lyrics after and sat with it for a bit. “Is it bad I cry most days” is the most relatable line out of the song for me. But other than that, it’s a song that’s meant to take the listener on a journey and everyone finds their own meaning. Usually what I write is very personal to me and I take inspiration from my own life, relationships and experiences. So it was definitely different to write.

What meaning do you hope fans take away from your music? Or do you prefer everyone finds their own unique meaning in your music?
I always hope my music can resonate with people the way I resonate with it. It’s saved me in a lot of ways, creating it. I hope if anyone is having a bad day, they can put on my music and feel like someone is there for them. Like a friend. And within every song, they are able to find their own meaning, something to relate to.

You have a new album coming out this year, is there anything you can tell us about what we can expect to hear?
I think you can expect to hear a version of myself that’s finally found her sound. I struggled with that for a while. This album flows nicely and everything sounds like it’s finally the same project. Despite having no more confusion on that front, my emotions are still all over the place on this project. There’s a lot of confusion over relationships and how I’m feeling. One song is saying “I love you” and the next is basically saying “I want to forget you,” then it goes back again. That’s how we got the name Whiplash… it’s so back and forth.

We were peeking around on your Instagram and we’re absolutely obsessed with your aesthetic, where do you draw your style inspo from?
Honestly, I don’t have one specific person or thing that inspires my style. If I’m being completely honest, I’m kind of oblivious to that world. In my everyday life, I wear the same pants and grey sweater every single day haha. I know for my shoots, performances, etc. that I want to have a sophisticated and edgy look. I told that to my now-stylist Carla, and she’s been killing the look. I couldn’t be happier. She really helped develop the next phase of GRAE.

Speaking of aesthetics, the visuals in the ‘Room In The Desert’ music video have us shook and we have to ask, how are you so brave around your “best little co-star,” aka the tarantula? 
I’ve always had a love for bugs since I was small. I’d go in the backyard, collect them in this bug catcher thing, and look at them until I let them go haha. Spiders fascinate me, I think they’re beautiful. Holding a tarantula was honestly a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to do it. It was so well behaved, there were absolutely no issues and we also had a professional wrangler on-site, so that eased my mind a lot. Also! You can thank my awesome team and amazing director Gemma Warren for the visuals. They are so stunning, I couldn’t be happier!

Image Source: Gennelle Cruz

How much were you involved in the music video concept and the idea to work with all these animals? Do you like having a lot of creative control over your videos?
Gemma and I first met over Zoom, as she’s more so based in LA. I remember her understanding the vision right away, I was honestly floored. Her creative direction and vision from the start were exactly what I was looking for and I’m so honored I got to work with her for this video. I remember having one specific thing in mind and that was the animals. I told her she’d be the best director ever if she could pull it off haha, and she, of course, did.

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If you had to pick between a snake, a tarantula, and a bird for a pet, which one would you choose?
A snake. Most definitely. I’ve been looking into getting one actually, I’m just not sure I’d be able to feed it the mice and such it requires as that trips me out. But I love them a lot and I think out of those three it would make the best “pet.”

Major props to GRAE for being that brave about bugs. We could never. But what did you think of the song? The music video? Is GRAE going to be your new favorite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or drop us a line on Twitter!

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