FYIG Chats With Spooky Pop Artist Skeleton Woman (aka SKo)

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Sure! I moved to LA from North Carolina four years ago. I’d gotten a commercial music contract and moved out without having ever been there and without knowing anyone. It was the best decision of my life. You couldn’t take me away from LA now.

How did you get your start in music?

I started out playing the violin as a kid and then playing bass in middle school and played in different bands throughout high school always as the bassist, never the singer. I didn’t start writing music and considering myself a singer/songwriter until college.

How would you describe your musical style?

I define it as Spooky Pop! It’s pop with a little darkness to it. One of my girlfriends would describe my sound as creepy, sweet and I liked that and carried it with me.

What can you tell us about your latest single, “Planes”?

The single comes from a space of showing up fully and being seen when I don’t feel 100% safe doing that quite yet. I wrote the song at various points of a relationship I was in as they were playing out. It’s very centered around this mindset shift from victim to empowered, that no one can disrespect me, they can only disrespect themselves.

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The video for “Planes” was shot over one day hanging out with friends. Does that give this video a more realistic vibe than other videos out there?

Yea, I think so. It definitely is a more laid back, in the pocket vibe. Like it’s just you hanging with me and some friends for the day.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?

There’s a lot more freedom as a solo artist. I make all the calls on mixes, creative choices, artwork, brand representation. The flip to that is that here’s also less hiding. It’s just you up there, I realize now that I’d been using bands to hind behind. It’s a different ball game to know I’m responsible for it all. In a lot of ways that’s freeing, in a lot of ways, that’s terrifying. It depends on the day.

What’s next for your career?

I’m a lot less attached right now to career moves and more interested in just living the art I want. I’m working on creating just for the fun of creating. What that’s meant for me career-wise is more visuals, more collaborating with friends, less doing projects that don’t lite me up.

What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?

I think social media makes artists feel like they have to define their brand far faster than what is fair or reasonable. Let the shifts happen. Just b/c they may be happening in the public eye doesn’t mean you can’t make them. Nothing is cemented. I meet so many artists that are fighting this. There’s juice in the pivot.

What’s your life like outside of music?

I do creative consulting, I’ve been spending a lot of time supporting other creatives in how to monetize and grow what they’ve been successful at on a small scale. I’m always interested in personal growth so right now I’m spending a lot of time on being less regimented actually. More play time, more spontaneous exploring, more no agenda.

Let the readers know where to find you online.

Yea, I’d love to meet you. The best place would be my IG @skomagic or searching SkeletonWoman anywhere where music is found.