FYIG Chats With Singer/Songwriter Rhia

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
 
I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, where I began my career, which then took me to the US in 2010. My family is also of Indian background so I spent some time there as well when I was growing up. 
 
How did you get your start in music?
 
I started out recording myself singing to my Mum’s vinyl on an old cassette player, and I would try to play it back and critique myself in hopes of getting better. I started lessons shortly after and began getting hired for professional recording sessions when I was 10, doing sessions for the producers of Australian Idol and their Artists, and my career continued to grow! 
 
How would you describe your musical style?
 
Pop and electronic, ambient and soulful, with a strong focus on feeling. 
 
You’ve recently released your latest single called, “Fire”. Tell us a bit about that song.
 
 
 
Yes! I originally wrote it to pitch to another artist, but as the song developed I decided to release it as my own. It’s definitely a pop song which is a somewhat new direction for me, but I was excited about it and it felt like the right decision to make because I resonate with it a lot. It’s about taking back your strength from a scenario and/or people that have been holding you back / squashing you. That could be your environment, friends, family, love, or something else. 
 
What was it like to work with Samuel PK Smith on that track?
 
Sam is incredibly talented and he’s a wonderful person, I was really glad we got to collaborate on something together. I would definitely do it again. 
 
Do you have any plans for an EP or full-length album anytime soon?
 
Yes, I have two more singles coming out shortly with Adam Deitch and one with Break Science, plus more! I’m super super excited about these two. Like Fire., I wrote these back in Australia late in 2018, and it’s been an incredible process seeing these come to life. I was amazed too because I’d been listening to Break Science that whole year, their songs were my anthems, and then Adam coincidentally reached out to me to collab. It was meant to be! 
Rhia
 
You also write tracks for other artists. How does your approach differ when writing for someone other than yourself?
 
If I’m writing for other artists I definitely pay attention to their artistry and music because I want to be sure I’m writing something that they can identify with. I do research and I try to gauge what they’re into because it can be so subjective.
 
What is the audience experience like at one of your live shows? Do you have any coming up?
 
Yes! I have a lot of upcoming US show dates. These so far are in LA, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and there will be more cities added shortly. Details will be released soon. The shows are a lot of fun, I play with respect to my own personal experiences so as an audience member I would call it escapism, and hopefully, it’s empowering too if we’re both identifying a similar experience through my music. 
 
What stands out about you as an artist?
 
My personal life experiences which have shaped my artistry, and that’s part of where the soul comes from. What I ultimately want to achieve through my music (the long game), and probably my style of creativity, the intangible stuff; as again it’s subjective.  
 
What advice would you give to aspiring singers/songwriters?
 
Be open to imperfection for the purpose of growth, it’s a process. Don’t give up. And surround yourself with people that challenge you and inspire you. 
 
What’s your life like outside of music?
 
It’s all music, haha.  
 
Let the readers know where to find you online.
 
Instagram – rhiabahree_official
Snapchat – rhiabahree