with Paul Dally
When did you start playing music?PD: I started writing songs when I was 12. My dad plays a lot of instruments and my mom loves playing music and dancing while we cook dinner. Music has always been a place of refuge and inspiration. I’ve tried to give it up professionally before, for pragmatic reasons, but I can’t help pursuing it.
What do you enjoy most about playing music?PD: I’ve played all over NYC for over a decade. I’m not the best musician or singer, but I like language a lot, and the way it exists in songs is different from other literary forms. The character that you can be in a song is malleable and evolves on its own. Songs, even if you wrote them, feel different over years. It feels like you’re creating this other entity and that invigorates the practice for me. It keeps me going.
How did it feel to be at Electric Lady Studios?PD: I’ll remember this shoot for my whole life because of this place. There’s a palpable energy when you arrive at the studio. You could argue that there is a purity in sound here. They treat the room in a way that the acoustics are just right, and to be in a space designed for that was very special.
How has your style changed over time?PD: I think painters, artists and writers in general have the best style. When I was young I was influenced by photos of musicians like Bob Dylan or The Clash and investigated that world. Now I wear a lot of cowboy clothing with more tailored and contemporary pieces. I found fashion through music then abandoned music for fashion, and now I’ve found a comfortable harmony between the two.