Samia Finnerty es una artista auténtica, transparente. Sus canciones lo demuestran así. Después de varios singles en los últimos años, recién llegó el esperado EP, The Baby‘. Un compilado de 11 canciones, lleno de experiencias personales y colaboraciones de su círculo cercano.
La mayor fortaleza de Samia es la honestidad en cada una de sus canciones. En esta breve charla platicamos acerca de cómo fue presentar su primer cuerpo de trabajo con un enfoque en la escritura, la transparencia con la que escribe y de cómo en su tiempo libre sigue escribiendo.
Abajo la entrevista en su idioma original.
My sound has changed a lot over the past three years. I’ve tried different things. Ultimately it’s like an indie pop project. The lyrics are really important to me, and the sound is supporting the story, more than anything.
I feel like some songs are really nostalgic. They sound as if they could have come out of the 90’s. Was that something that you were aiming towards?
Yeah, some of my most formative influences were from that time.
What was it like putting out a full body of work? The debut is always nerve wracking.
This was the first time that I wrote intentionally for a project. Up until now, it was sort of putting out singles as I wrote them. It’s been cool to be able to be completely sure of what I was wanting to say.
‘Waverly’’ could be playing on an indie movie, it has that feeling to me. Do you structure songs with a specific scenario, I’m talking visuals, live performances, album artwork in mind?
Pretty much everything that I write is autobiographical, events that happen in my life. I write them as songs, and try to support the story sonically. It is based on how that experience made me feel. It’s so much about New York and the culture, people, and community. It makes sense that it could sound like a soundtrack to a day that we have in that space.
Being that honest is hard, letting go of certain things to new audiences or people that might misinterpret that.
Absolutely. It’s more cathartic writing them, and it is more vulnerable while releasing and sharing them with people that I don’t know. It’s been an interesting process, especially with this songs, hearing people’s interpretations. They are diary entries for me. It’s amazing to see them interpreting those songs in a different way or relating them to their own experiences. It really does feel like letting go, and it’s no longer mine at that point.
You can actually hold a tune! It adds different layers to the certain song structures in this album. When did you know you could sing that good?
I grew up listening to a lot of musical theatre soundtracks. My parents bought ‘The Sound of Music’ which is so melodically dynamic. It really informed me. A lot of what I write has that influence, naturally. I think it’s a way to express passion, to emphasize moments, express emotional distress. It’s a combination of that and me being ridiculously emotional (laughs).
What do you do when you are not making music?
I write songs, mostly. That’s my favourite thing to do. Lockdown has been hard, I’m really social. It’s been weird not having access to my friends, and the community. I try to get outside as much as possible and hang with them.
If you are in front of a door and ring the bell, who would you like to open the door for you? To have a chat, or just to hang out.
Maya Angelou, I think. I always imagine she would have the answers to all my questions, I’d love to talk to her.
Gracias a Mariana Velasco por hacer esta entrevista realidad. ‘The Baby‘ está disponible en todas las plataformas digitales.