Posted On 30 Jun 2015
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It all started with an email. First an introduction out of the blue, then some rough ideas and tentative demos, and suddenly a blossoming artistic partnership neither artist could have foreseen was born. For the first six months of their collaboration, VÉRITÉ and producer Elliot Jacobson never spent a minute of their time in the same room together. Encoded in discreet packets of 1’s and 0’s, they traded verses and choruses, synths and vocals, drums and bass back and forth online, crafting and refining and polishing all the while. Two years later, those digital seeds have come to bloom with her debut release, the ‘Echo EP’ and she just released her latest EP entitled, ‘SENTIMENT‘.
It’s a collection that defies easy categorization, tight and danceable with alt-pop sensibilities and a dark emotional undercurrent haunted by her silky, ethereal voice. Lead single “Strange Enough” is already turning heads on both sides of the pond, with BuzzFeed calling it one of the best songs of the summer and The Line Of Best Fit hailing VÉRITÉ as a “rising pop star ready to make her mark.” Upon its release, the track hit #1 most viral on Twitter and earned her the #1 spot on Hype Machine, along with additional love from Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon, Refinery29, Idolator, and more.
The fact that VÉRITÉ’s songwriting doesn’t fit neatly into any one category is no accident. The disparate sounds of VÉRITÉ’s synth and percussion-driven songs are strung together with the threads of her emotionally charged lyrics.
Read more in All Access Music writer, Nicole DeRosa‘s chat with the lovely singer below!
Hi there! Where does this interview find you today? What’s on the agenda today besides our interview?
At the moment, I’m drinking coffee in my kitchen. I’m in for a pretty low key day at home today.
For those not as familiar with you and your music, how did you get your start in music? Who or what was the catalyst for you?
I’ve been playing music since I was a kid. I’ve always focused on being a musician, but never had a set intention or path. The beginning of this project was the final catalyst. It’s the first time I had written a body of work that legitimately felt like an authentic extension of myself. Once I got that, I went all in.
You just released your first single since last year’s Echo EP and the track finds you flirting with a big (and I stress “big”) electronic radio-ready sound. Can you share with me what your inspiration was for your current single, “Wasteland”?
Wasteland is about escapism and how I tend to say too much. It was written really quickly.
Who are your musical influences?
They rotate on a pretty regular basis. I tend to get mildly obsessed with songs, albums and artists for a period of time. In the beginning it was Nirvana, Green Day, The Cranberries, The Breeders. Recently it’s been Childish Gambino, Son Lux, Battles, & Raury.
Do you remember the first album you bought for yourself?
I’m pretty sure it was No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom.
What was the first song you fell in love with and why?
I’m not sure I 100% remember. When I was younger and was just learning how to play guitar, I played Zombie by The Cranberries on repeat for like a year. It was all I knew how to play. I loved how heavy it was.
Who would your dream collaboration be with, living or dead?
I would be so down to hang out with Bill Evans.
Who is in your current playlist? Any artists, musicians or genres we might be surprised to find in there?
Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, Battles, Raury, The Weeknd, amongst others.
What’s on tap next for you? What are you most excited about in 2015?
This summer I’m playing a few shows.. gearing up for a tour or two this fall. I’m most excited about everything.
To learn more about VÉRITÉ , visit her HERE .