Interview – Estella Dawn

Estella Dawn is an artist that we’ve featured a few times recently, so I was very excited to finally be able to have a chat to her about her music! Her track Buzzcut can also be found at the end of this interview, if you haven’t checked it out yet!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Buzzcut. What can you tell us about the song and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

I think as women, we tend to do this more than men – we are conditioned to believe we have to shrink, re-adjust and mould ourselves to satiate the male gaze. There are so many products telling us how we should look, feel and smell, and countless more movies and shows telling us how we should act and behave. In our quest to find this perfect partner I think we can often end up compromising a lot of what makes us unique and special. I wanted to flip that narrative on its head with Buzzcut. This song is about holding your shape when embarking on a new relationship, an encouragement to “stay true to your own authentic flare.” To have someone be so enthralled with you that they would adjust themselves to better suit what they thought you wanted.  

You can get all my music from my website: www.estelladawn.com

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

I did have to change gears when everything shut down as I had planned to go into the studio and record what was to become the album that Buzzcut is from, but instead I ended up working on a bunch of songs that I felt didn’t need to be recorded in the studio with a band. I ended up releasing 14 singles that I recorded in my home studio. I would record all the tracks and then send them to someone I work with a lot, and he would put in some ideas and send them back to me. It was a very insular way of creating my music but, given the circumstances of the pandemic, I was very fortunate to be able to continue releasing music. Like everyone else, there were no live gigs so I really just focused on that side of things and building my online presence.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I write, produce and record all of my music. For this album, I made full demo versions of all the songs and sent them to the session people I was recording with. This way, they had an understanding of what I was looking for from them, but I also made it clear that I wanted them to be able to express their ideas as well. Also, by giving them fully fleshed-out songs, including scratch vocals, I was able to fully focus on producing the sessions and since we were in the studio for only 5 days to record 12 songs, there was a lot to keep track of! I then took those tracks back to my studio and edited them into takes, before adding vocals and anything else that I felt the song needed.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes, I’ve released Easy To Fall, Orange and most recently Cringe since Buzzcut, plus I have another single coming out on July 29th. It’s a cover of the Billy Joel song Vienna and is my first released cover song. It is my take on it so it is not exactly like the original, but it is still a great song.

Do you have any plans to release an album/EP anytime soon?

Yep, the songs I recorded in the studio will all be part of a full length LP that I will be releasing later this year.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I am often influenced by whomever I am listening to at the time, not in a trend-following way, but in a more deep artistic way. People’s creativity really moves me, and when I hear something that I really like I get motivated to write with a desire to move people in the same way. I am a ‘wordy’ writer and it is really important to me to explore feelings and experiences in my life and then write songs about them. What that means is that I might be listening to Hozier or PVRIS and really be loving their music, but I don’t feel like I have to express myself in the exact same way. 

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?
I am currently in Denver, Colorado and the music scene is great here. There are lots of amazing venues, from little clubs to Red Rocks! There is also a really good variety of bands around here, as well as lots of tours coming through.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Currently, I am finishing my album and then I will be looking to book some dates for the beginning of next year.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

A lot of my music is really upbeat and with a full band it is very dynamic and works well live. It is really important to me that when people come to see me live they get to hear my music and a few covers, that are not just like the recordings but have a life of their own.

Any last words for the fans?

It is very clear to me that there are a ton of artists making music and that this is an incredibly competitive industry where people can listen to, and follow, lots of different artists. So I really appreciate anyone taking the time to listen to my music, follow me on social media and streaming sites and come out and see me perform. So thank you so much for all your support!!

All my links : https://ff…stelladawn