Fierce, fiery, and let’s definitely not leave out…flawless in both beauty and talent.
Yes, music kids and kweens, those are just a few of the choice words and phrases (along with buffets of others) we can and should come up with to describe the…everything served up by red-hot-and-rising twenty-year old singer and songwriter, UPSAHL.
And guess what, Philly? She’s taking all of her everything and more and putting it on the coveted Johnny Brenda’s stage tonight alongside Max Frost (8 pm…get those tickets) as just one of the many amplified stops on her currently slaying national tour.
But before Ms. UPSAHL takes a hold of your live music lives tonight, (and that she promises to do), she was kind enough to take a splendid seat at the Philly Mixtape tea table, where she broke fancy Lennox mugs about her music roots, artistic influences and her powerful new single, “Drugs,” which is indeed for anyone, anywhere who really, really indulges in…simply fabulous grooves. Really, who doesn’t??
Get lost in at all while saying hello to UPSAHL right about…now.
Okay, starting off our little spill, toss a couple of mugs on the floor in telling everyone the tale of how you kicked off your music journey…Doing music was never really a choice that I made, it was more of a thing that I just had to do. Growing up, my dad was in punk bands, and I had a band room in my house, so making music really just became second nature for me. After I graduated high school, I wanted to start pursuing music full time, so I moved to Los Angeles and started writing every day. Now, I have an EP out, and I’m having such a rad time on tour!
Which musicians inspired you on your music path and on a daily basis? Growing up, I listened to a lot alternative bands like Weezer and Spoon, and I think that edgier influence sneaks its way into each of my songs in some way. Currently, I’ve been listening to a lot of OutKast, Radiohead, and Mac Miller.
Getting a little Oprah-ish for a sec, why do you personally feel that being authentically who you are in today’s crazy current industry climate means everything? How about some words of inspiration for all of those out there who are just getting started like yourself…. I think the most important part of doing anything and trying to be successful at it is that everything you are putting out there should be true to who you are, regardless of what anyone tells you. At the end of the day, if you put out music that you aren’t obsessed with, you’re not going to enjoy performing it, and the fans are going to see that. I also feel like there are already people in the music world that have a lane and are absolutely killing it at what they do, so why would you try to replicate that if it already exists? I think my biggest piece of advice to artists would be to trust that your individuality is what is going to make people care about your music, relate to your music, and want to become a part of your world.
Switching gears to a little touring talk, what pre-show rituals do you do to get even more hype for those coveted stage spotlights? I like to be very distracted for the last hour leading up to the show, or else I’ll start overthinking everything and freaking out. I normally try to wait to get ready until the show is about to start. There’s something about the energy of just being in the moment and not really being able to think about it until you’re there that makes performing so much more special for me.
How’s the tour been going so far? And what can your fans expect from your set tonight at Johnny Brenda’s?!! This tour has been so fun so far. I’ve always loved performing, but being on the road and getting to play in a different city every day is totally surreal. I can not wait for the show in Philly! I guess fans should just be ready to have a good time during my set. There are high energy moments where everyone should be dancing, there are intimate and acoustic moments, and there are moments where everyone should be screaming “Drugs” as loud as they can. It’s just one big emotional roller coaster that we all get to go through together- can’t wait!
Last but certainly not least…..your attention slash headphones grabbing new groove, “Drugs”….spill. I wrote “Drugs” in a session with Killa Graham and Sean Kennedy, two producer/writers that I work with a lot. We had just gotten to the session and were just talking about parties, and Sean jokingly said, “Yeah we used to only go to the parties if we knew their would be drugs there.” There was a moment where we all kind of looked at each other and were like, “Well, looks like we’re writing a song called ‘Drugs’ today.” The song happened really quickly from there, and I have never been more proud to be a part of a song before.
And your 2019 and beyond ambition in one word or sassy little phrase would be…Eat more sushi.
Are you a local or legendary entertainer who’s simply slaying it in your craft? Then don’t be shy and spill some music tea with Philly Mixtape right here and here! The world would love to hear from you!!