RZMRY is doing things a little bit differently. Aside from her unique stage name (who needs vowels?) she's aiming to make pop music that's not taken from the same mold. One listen to her debut EP, appropriately called GLD, and music fans will understand her desire to be different - as well as why she's an artist to watch. AXS conducted an e-mail interview with RZMRY to find out more about this up and coming singer, and learn about the music that most affected her the way she's hoping to affect others.
AXS: You grew up with music; did that influence your choice of music as a career?
RZMRY: I like to think that I didn’t choose music, but rather that it chose me. Growing up, I always gravitated toward music. If I wasn’t doing music, it would be sitting inside of me, bubbling over, ready to burst. I would hate that unsettling feeling, like there was unfinished business in my life. I planted my roots in both writing and singing at a young age and grown nicely from them. It took a journey to find the self validation I needed to keep going, but once I did I was able to rise above the fear and uncertainty of this career and pursue it with my whole heart.
AXS: Your EP is a collection of very different songs. What stands out to you about these four tracks?
RZMRY: I think what stands out to me the most is how these unique themes all fit together in the form of this one project. Everything from the beginning stages of a relationship, a story of coming out of a domestic abuse situation and having “rough” weekends — they’re all so astoundingly different, but they work together to form something beautiful. I think that’s a good analogy for how life generally works if we would just be so brave as to embrace “different.” [The first song] "Limelight" is usually the favorite, which is fun. GLD is mine. GLD is a confident song I wrote when I had none and it’s never failed to provide that confidence when I need it.
AXS: Is there something like that you're hoping to pass on the people who listen to the EP?
RZMRY: Generally, I want my audience to be able to take some hope, liberation and/or confidence from it. In my experience, music is good at making people feel less alone; I hope mine can do that for someone. I try not to get crazy specific because I want people to be able to take whatever they need from my songs from it. I know that everyone is going to relate to a different lyric or sound in a different way; that’s so exciting to me.
AXS: What was your process in making the record? How would you describe yourself when it comes down to actually creating music?
RZMRY: I like to think that I’m really laid back, but my creative process says otherwise. I have to find the right headspace and place to write lately. I’m not one of those people who finds ways to push through a writing block. If there’s a block, I allow it it’s time. I stop what I’m doing and do something that’s good for me physically, mentally or spiritually until it’s opened me up enough to be able to put pen to paper with no hesitation. I drink tons of water, so I always need that on hand in the studio as well as hot tea. On top of that, I need likeminded, good-energy people to work with — having someone who gets your vision makes it easy to bounce ideas back and forth and helps bring that vision to life. In the studio, I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I don’t care if everyone thinks a take is perfect, I need to feel like I did the best I could do and if that’s not the case, I run it again. Also, if I’m ever off on a note and notice it needs to be auto-tuned, I tend to narrow my eyebrows, get back in the booth and get back in the booth. I know where the bar is set. My bar is set much higher.
AXS: You don't have any current touring plans for the EP, but do you have any plans you'd like to make? Venues you'd love to play?
RZMRY: We make plans and God laughs, right? I want to seize every opportunity that is presented to me and go out knocking on doors when it’s not. Right now, the only plan that I have is to start playing live shows as often as I possibly can. I want to be so sick of singing these songs. That’s how I’ll know I’ve done everything I can with GLD. At the same time, I’m constantly creating and innovating, so I’d love to release some new material. It’s almost been a year, so it’s time. I’m very excited about that. I’m new to LA, but back in New York, it would be sick to play Webster Hall, Bowery Ballroom, Terminal 5. I’ve seen some of my favorite artists there.
AXS: What are the albums that have most affected you as a music fan?
RZMRY: The albums that have most affected me would be all three of Marina and the Diamonds’ albums. I met her during her second album tour after a show that had absolutely mesmerized me. Since the album was called Electra Heart, I had her draw a heart on my wrist on a whim and went on to get it tattooed. The reason I got it there was because I knew that when I put my hand in the air on stage, I wanted it to symbolize what I felt at that show, that I wanted to give back to my audiences. A heart was a perfect symbol for that. On top of that, she has always stood up for and spoken eloquently on the topic of women’s rights. It is what inspired me to educate myself more on what feminism really was. There were a couple other artists who aided that as well, but she was the first.
GLD is now available on iTunes.
For more on RZMRY, visit her channel on YouTube.