Let’s discuss your project of greatest magnitude: your baby, your debut album.
It’s still in the making; it’s been in the process for 2 years. It is definitely a big step for me as well as a huge risk.
Artists tend to define themselves in different ways. Musically, one’s self-definition often possess a heavy emphasis on the reflection of one as an artist, as well as the first impression to the public of oneself reflected through their work. You’ve taken to the name HEIR. What is the story behind this?
HEIR is my artist name. I have decided to call myself HEIR first of all to detach from my earlier chapters and create a new one. My parents are musicians and they’ve always told me I’d always inherit the love for music, hence Heir.
Whilst living in Milan, you decided to recently move to London in order to finish your album. Can you explain your inspirational reasoning behind relocating to a different city?
I was going crazy in Milan, I was out of inspiration and I needed a new space. I always felt like I had too much and too many people around me. I needed to just wake up in the morning and see everything under a new perspective. London is one of the most vibrant cities I’ve been to. And it brings a lot of passion in me.
If you could describe to the readers the sense and aesthetic of your album in three sentiments, which would you choose?
The album will be called ‘’Daddy Issues’’ and it’s the diary of an angry kid. It’s poetic, provocative and so honest.
Where do you draw inspiration from lyrically to produce content that is appealing to the public, whilst staying undeniably true to yourself at the same time?
I have always been the greatest listener. I look at my friends and listen to their stories for hours and I have always been so fascinated by the two sides of the story. The bad guy in a situation always has skeletons in the closet. And it’s the bad guys I’m most interested in. The ones that don’t open up as much. I love the unconscious, the mental illness and the human brain. I feel like we all need that song to relate to, the song we can feel the lyrics of.
What is your personal favorite song on the album so far and could you tell us the story behind it?
It’s called ‘’Threads‘’. A metaphor about how video games, smartphones and technology generally have changed our relationships. I guess I went through it in my own experience as well as was guilty for it. We pay less attention to words now.
Which three musicians/musical talents (past or present) do you identify most closely with?
Frank Ocean, James Blake, Bon Iver.
Although you are currently recording your debut album, you’ve been acclaimed in the fashion industry for your individualistic street style. How would you describe your style?
Eclectic and versatile. I love being many women and taking a risk once in awhile.
Often one can express themselves most freely through both fashion and music. Fashion aesthetically represents a person without the need for words, while music expresses the core of a person through words and sound. Do you feel more expressive in one than the other?
I feel expressive in both because music doesn’t come without a personality and style doesn’t exist with no personality. So they go together.
When is the highly anticipated album expected to release?
Early 2017. Wait for it.
Text by Jennifer Paccione – Instagram
Photos courtesy of Patricia Manfield