Growing up in a small close knit community in Connecticut, most kids were focused on sports and going out. Looking to distance herself from the community, singer RZMRY focused on her art and development as a performer.
Her parents have never let her falter from this path even when others told her to have a back up plan. They knew it wasn’t just a naïve dream.
Committed to extending her craft, RZMRY went on to self-learn how to play the guitar, ukulele, and piano. She didn’t want to be a generic pop artist that can only sing. She wants to be a complete artist that inspires others to be who they want to be and chase the dreams they seek.
2016 is gearing up to be a breakout year for RZMRY as she is released her debut EP that showcases her eclectic, progressive, experimental pop. Since introducing her voice to the world, RZMRY has been working hard on defining whom she is as an artist by fine-tuning her sound and embracing the qualities that make her voice unique. Later this year, RZMRY will release new music that further defines her sound and voice.
Learn more about RZMRY in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! So, now that 2016 is over, what are some words you would use to describe the year for you? What have been some of the highlights for you and your music? What are you most excited about for 2017? Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?
I would describe last year as high highs and low lows. A highlight of the year was releasing GLD. It gaining any traction was a blessing because coming out of essentially nowhere, I didn’t know what to expect, but that’s also why I released four tracks as oppose to one single; I wanted people to get the opportunity to get to know me. Another highlight would be moving out to LA. Your weather has me glowing inside and out.
My resolutions for the new year are two things: to practice more self love and to do a better job of supporting the women in my life. It has translated to supporting the one’s that need it who might not necessarily be in my life and has brought some new people into it. It’s only been a month and both these things have been very rewarding.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Could you see yourself doing anything else?
I did! I wish I could say there was this EUREKA moment, but in reality, I’m so headstrong that I had an idea when I was five and never let it go. I guess I can’t let things go? I have no chill, apparently. New slogan: No chill 2k17.
My earliest musical memory is a toy piano my Uncle Nick got me for my third birthday. I remember exactly where it was in the house we lived in and I was glued to it.
If I wasn’t doing this, I’d hope I’m doing something that still involves writing or helping other people. In a way, though, starting my blog The Fitter Blonde was to fulfill both of those things. So all the things I’ve wanted to do, I’m doing. I feel very privileged to be able to say that.
I’m curious to know how growing up in a small close knit community in Connecticut has influenced you as a musician today?
Connecticut influenced me because that is where I had the best musical influence, my choir director. She helped me gain confidence in myself singing in front of other people as well as taught me how to use my voice in the right way. Other than that, I think it gave me a box to break out of. If I had grown up in a place where everyone and their mothers also wanted to pursue music, I may have strayed away from this. I think I was born to move against the status quo. So even though it took an emotional toll on me for a long time, embracing it led me to becoming an artist.
How did you self-learn how to play the guitar, ukulele and piano? Did anyone around you know how to play these instruments?
The only people I knew of playing guitar were the people I saw in movies and that was enough for me to beg my parents for a guitar. I saw Freaky Friday and said it absolutely had to be a red and black telecaster. It wasn’t that exactly, but it was something and being taught how to play guitar made it really easy for me to transfer my knowledge over onto ukulele and piano.
Last year, you released your debut EP. When do you hope to put out a full album of songs? What has been inspiring you lately to write music?
I gotta admit, I don’t plan to release a full length album any time soon. I’m going to offer my music in smaller, but frequent, doses — that’s what the doctor’s ordered.
Lately, I’ve been inspired by the kind, intelligent, hardworking people I’ve been meeting and hip hop. My most recent public playlist on Spotify called, “new playlist who dis” definitely shows that. Obviously, I’m not going to culturally appropriate by bringing elements of hip hop into my music, but it inspires me to have no filter and say whatever it is I want to say or feel needs to be said. That’s important to me because I want my music to be a dialogue between my fans and myself.
You recently put out a cover of DNCE’s song “Toothbrush.” How did you decide to cover that song? Are you currently working on any covers now? What have some of your favorites?
That song was just fun to listen to, but when I heard it live, it made me feel some type of way, so I decided to sing it in a way that emoted that. I love a good throwback. I may have one of those coming soon… you’ll just have to wait and see! Other than that, I like covering something you wouldn’t expect me to cover. I’ve been seriously considering putting my own take on “Fake Love.” I love Drake. Not fake love, real love. I real-love Drake.
Do you have plans to tour soon?
A tour is not in my calendar (or my funds) just yet. Right now, if you want to catch me, I’ll be found playing venues in the LA area. When the time comes for me to tour, I’m going to do it right. I go full out or I don’t go at all. So when I do tour, no matter how small it may be, I will make it a show of epic proportions.
Who are some of your favorite musicians? What musicians would you love to work with in the future?
Katy Perry is bae, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Miley, Rita Ora, Charli XCX. I’d love to write or collaborate with one of these kick ass women. Other than that, I think it’d be rad to do a hook for someone like Drake, Future, Kendrick, Kanye, Chance. I’m a big music fan, so it’s hard for me to keep the list short.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs?
I want my music to give people confidence. I want them to take away a sense of urgency to be so non apologetically themselves that fear never holds them back from their self-discovery.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
I want to share that “GLD” is not struck over night. That is a concept that I struggled to grasp for so long. The social media driven society we live in makes us privy to seeing people’s highlights and success rather than the struggle and hard work behind it, but trust me, it’s there.
“GLD” is not struck over night. Whatever you are going through right now is building you not breaking you.