Of all the talented people you’ve gotten to work with, which experience affected you the most?
JUSTINE SKYE: The Dream, when I got to work with him in Atlanta. I really learned a lot when I sat with him for two weeks.
You are signed to Roc Nation and recently released your new album ULTRAVIOLET. Can you describe the flavor of the album? Why Ultraviolet?
JS: Ultraviolet is not just a color to me, it is a feeling of confidence; like being a bad-ass. That is what I found when working on this project. Confidence when it comes to relationships, standing up for myself and not being passive or naive, like I might have been in the past.
What’s your favorite song on the album and why?
JS: Depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s “Wasteland,” sometimes it’s “Good Love,” sometimes it’s “Heaven” it really depends on how I am feeling in that particular moment!
How long did you work on the album and what were the highlights of the process?
JS: I’ve been working on the album for about a year. During that time, I had to scrap everything and start over because I wasn’t 1,000% confident in it. It was a long process, but a very good learning experience to just speak my mind and realize my vision. I believed in my vision, and stayed true to it.
Do you have any pre-show rituals? What does your request rider usually look like? (Do you request specific items/food to be in your dressing room?)
JS: Fiji Water and Red Bull are always mandatory. As far as food, it kind of depends before I get on stage because I’m kind of really nervous so I don’t really want to eat. I let my DJ, dancers and management pick what they want and I will just snack off of what they order.
I also pray before I get on stage and do vocal exercises, so that i am ready for the performance.
Tell us about songwriting. What is your creative process?
JS: I choose a beat and just freestyle. I come up with melodies, add some words in there, and I like to have other people in the room with me to like bounce ideas off of each other and co-write.”
Because of your signature purple hair, your nickname is ‘The Purple Unicorn’; you’re also known for your great fashion sense and style. Who is your favorite designer and what is your personal style when you’re not performing? Do you feel as though your style has evolved throughout the years? What is your favorite fashion trend right now?
JS: I don’t have a favorite designer; there are just so many and I love clothes! I like many, many designers and love to have a bunch of options. My style has definitely evolved but my go to? Sweatpants! I love to be comfortable.
What’s one thing on your bucket list that you haven’t done yet?
JS: There are a million things I haven’t done yet! Probably go to Japan.
What are you most proud of?
JS: I am most proud of having completed my debut album, Ultraviolet.
What did you learn about yourself? How did you grow as a person?
JS: Learning how to be confident in myself on this journey of making the album, and not being as passive as I was.
Who has served as your biggest inspiration in life?
JS: My biggest inspiration in life is God.
Latex bodysuit Dead Lotus Couture at The Residency Experience Showroom
Fur jacket Donny Brook at On The Edge Showroom
Boots Rodarte at on the edge showroom
Earrings House of Emanuele at The Residency Experience Showroom
Earrings The 2nd Bandit
Dress KAIMIN at The Residency Experience Showroom
Bodysuit Very Gathercole
Shoes THOM SOLO at The Residency Experience Showroom
Earrings House of Emanuele