—interview by Bianca Betancourt @bybiancabee
Music's slightly lost it's edge—in a male and hip-hop-centric music industry it's becoming rare to find modern artists giving us a grittier, raw but still refreshing take on electro-punk rock and R&B. Up and coming LA based music artist Eternity is giving us a sound we didn't know we were asking for with her latest tracks—we spoke with Eternity below to get better insight into her sound, her influences and what more we can expect from the unpredictable soon to be star.
How would you describe your sound? Who are some of your musical influences?
A messy mixture of glam, grit, soul, punk, and rock n roll. I go through waves of influences and have been influenced at one point or another by nearly every genre. 80's new wave/post punk struck a chord in particular in my early college years. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of classic rock including Neil young, tom petty, and my all time favorite bob seger. I'm consistently discovering new artist just by living in la though so I'm constantly on different waves.
You're originally from the Midwest now a Los Angeles transplant. How did growing up in Detroit and your years in Chicago shape who you are as an artist?
I grew up in a small town 30 minutes outside of Detroit. I spent my entire childhood and teenage years fantasizing about being a city girl. I always thought I'd end up in New York. Oddly enough after not getting into NYU, I ended up in Chicago which ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to me. While Detroit really influenced my songwriting style, aesthetic, and sound...Chicago changed everything for me. I had a professor at Columbia who made us pick apart every single instrument used in the Sex Pistols first album who at the time I had never even heard of. The culture, the city, the people, the independence, made me feel like I was truly living for the first time. Although the first three months I sat in my dorm room in complete depression, I eventually found my way and people who believed in me and made me truly believe in myself. My years in the Midwest I believe made me into who I am thereby shine through in every aspect of my art.
What's the best and worst thing about navigating the music industry as a young woman?
The best thing is being able to show a millennial females perspective and be heard. The worst thing is that it's a constant struggle of objectification. These industry men attempt to make you feel like you're less talented than them because you're a woman, because you're pretty, because you can dance, because you're stylish. Its like you can't be these things and also be a talented musician in their eyes. Most men (or should I say boys) in the industry don't want to accept the fact that a woman can be all these things because it makes them feel inferior.
You have a super funky, eclectic fashion sense. How do you chose what to wear on a daily basis and why?
It really just depends on my mood. I know it's super cliche but it's so true. Some days I feel like a real vogue bitch. Some days I feel like a skater babe. Some days I feel like I just wanna stomp it out at the gay club in a wig and panties. Some days I'm just tired as hell and mobbin in my hoodie and Air Force 1's. Fashion is in my blood though and I believe when you have it, everything you wear is fashionable.
What upcoming projects do you have in the works?
I'm working on a 6 track album that I already released one song from, "almost cool". This album is really special to me because it's the first project I'll be putting up for sale on iTunes and Spotify. It's also really special because it was inspired by a lot of musicians that I didn't discover until after moving to Los Angeles which morphed my entire sound. I'll be releasing some self directed music videos to go along with the album in the next few months as well as throwing a release party for it this spring. Aside from that I'm also working on a few surprises for my new band "The Mess" which is a collaborative effort with my best friend Jeanne walker.