Q&A with NORTH
Where did you grow up, and where do you call home now?
I'm from Southern Utah, and I currently live in Seattle.
How long have you been making music?
I have been studying and playing music since 1996, when I began learning piano. I took up percussion as my main instrument in 1999, and I still play classically to this day. I only recently returned to electronic music composition at the beginning of 2020. Prior to that, I was semi-active from 2006-2011.
What first got you into music?
My mom! She's been my biggest influence in many ways. She always had music playing for us while we were young, and she says I was singing recognizable melodies before I could talk. She fostered my creativity with musical toys and she enrolled me in piano lessons when I got a bit older. She bought me a drum set after my first year of studying percussion, and paid for years private lessons. I think in my 8 years of secondary school concerts, she only missed one performance! Now she's my biggest fan in my new music venture, and I love having her along for the ride.
Who inspired you to make music?
In late 2019, my best friend and past band mate, Jeff Heaton, passed away. This hit hard, and I sunk into a very dark place. I remembered some unfinished mp3s he had emailed me back in 2009-2010, so I dug through emails until I found all nine of them. Listening and working on that project reinvigorated my interest in making music and helped me process my loss.
Do you make music by yourself, or collaborate with other musicians?
For the most part I am a one-woman-show. I have collaborated with a few artists in the past. Some were amazing partnerships, some were nightmares, so I'm fairly hesitant to collab unless somebody really likes my unique sound.
Why did you write "A 2020 Christmas"?
I wrote it because I felt this strange year needed a unique carol.
What is your creative process like?
It usually happens really quickly. Most of my favorite songs were written in a couple of hours. During the month of July I wrote a song a day, so that really helped increase my creative output.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Thank you for listening! I love making music, but I also love knowing that other people hear and enjoy my music as well.
Are you currently earning a comfortable living from your music?
Not even close! Maybe one day, but for now I work at the library to pay my bills.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Carley Rae Jepson. I love her energy and fun melodies.