Sonic Soliloquy: Edie Yvonne's 'On Your Mind' Speaks Volumes
Meet Edie Yvonne, the 14-year-old virtuoso hailing from the City of Angels, who astonished the world with her debut album "At Ease" when she was merely 13. As she stepped into her musical realm, Edie revealed her alluring singles "With the Light" and "Eyes of Lies" on her 14th birthday and New Year's Day, like two beacons lighting up the night sky. But Edie's enchantment doesn't end with music; this multitalented gem also shines in mesmerizing short film performances. Her soul-stirring single "Stain" bravely confronts society's prejudices, while her heartrending "In the Rain," born on an explosive Los Angeles night, explores the depths of trust and vulnerability. The anticipation for Edie's forthcoming release "On Your Mind" swells like a tidal wave as it prepares to grace our ears on August 11th, beckoning another magical chapter in her enthralling odyssey.
An utter testament to Edie practising detachment, this track feels like a loosely-held thread that is tangled between love, patience and the blurred lines of understanding.
Enter the captivating realm of 'On Your Mind,' a place where Edie Yvonne's introspective tunes transform into heartfelt confessions. In this enigmatic anthem, Edie wrestles with the conundrum of emotional disconnect despite physical intimacy, crafting a lyrical masterpiece that echoes our collective experiences. Teaming up with rising producers Nicky Swedin and Cormac Liotta under Rrose Productions' watchful eye, 'On Your Mind' morphs unvoiced feelings into a sonic tale that surpasses the mundane. With bated breath, we await Edie Yvonne's forthcoming single 'Queen Bee' and its accompanying short film delving into the world of mean girls and their entourage, as her artistic odyssey continues to interlace intricate bonds between soundscapes and narratives.
Test this melancholic masterpiece down below -
We had an awesome opportunity to chat with the artist and ask her some questions. Here's what she had to say!:-
1. Picture this: You're just 13, stuck at home during the pandemic, and BAM! You write a whole album. How did that happen, Edie?
EY: During the pandemic, I was trying to fill the time creatively and was fortunate enough to have Zoom singing lessons, zoom guitar lessons and, zoom songwriting lessons. I had done a photo shoot with a photographer Nogen Beck and one of the photos looked like an album cover. So we made an album sleeve with the picture which is in my room next to my guitar and keyboard. So I made the music to fill it.
2. Who are some of your biggest musical influences and how have they shaped your artistic style?
EY: I have a wide range of artists I admire, I love Prince, Mazzy Star, Blondie, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Massive Attack, The Bangles, No Doubt, Fleetwood Mac, Bowie, Hendrix and The Beatles!
3. As a young artist, how do you navigate the pressures and expectations of the music industry while staying true to your artistic vision?
EY: It is so early on at this stage but so far I’ve tried my best to stay true to the tone and music I’m trying to create, even when there may be a push for a more commercial sound.
4. "Stain" hits right in the feels, Edie. Can you share more about that moment when you stepped out into the world after quarantine and faced intolerance? We're all ears.
EY: The anxiety of being a kid during that period of time was palpable. The excitement of going out in the world for the first time, after being alone (with my close family) for so long, I just forgot, or just wasn’t in the headspace that I would have that experience - it just wasn’t on my mind. I got dressed up and was happy. So the first stares felt like a shock, being reminded all over again that some people can be so aggressive and intolerant. I have been contacted by listeners with various stories of how feeling or being different affects their lives and how the song speaks to them which means the world.
5. Your lyrics often resonate deeply with listeners. How do you tap into such raw emotions and vulnerability when crafting your songs?
EY: I think it’s important to allow yourself to be open and honest while writing. Singing what you feel perhaps can mirror what others are experiencing too, simply tapping into basic universal emotions.
6. Can you tell us more about the short film that inspired your debut single, "With the Light"? What made you want to explore the character of Jade?
EY: My family and I tried to stay really busy with creative projects in our household during and after quarantine. We are a family of actors, writers, curators, and producers so collectively we put together a short film called At Ease. The mantra “I am happy, I am happy, I’m at ease” really anchored us through that period of time. Trying to feel at ease during a time of turmoil was the goal/challenge. My nana had just passed away and I was thinking a lot about that loss and how it affected our family. So with the short film, I had an opportunity to write a song. It was amazing to hear the music at a local film festival during the credits and it really gave me confidence to make more music. I am working with a producer Douglas Boehm who is producing an instrumental version of the song. He slowed it way down and I can’t wait for it!
7. When you're not creating music, how do you unwind and recharge your creative energy?
EY: Recently I’ve tried writing in my journal more, especially at night to wind down and collect my thoughts. It’s very meditative and healing and helps me see things through.
8. Can you share a pivotal moment in your career when you faced doubt or adversity? How did you overcome it and continue to pursue your passion?
EY: I think that with acting there is a lot of rejection and with the pandemic, a lot of things halted. So momentum or projects on the horizon stopped. But it gave me the time to work independently and really discover my passion for songwriting.
9. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your musical journey so far?
EY: Getting to work with genius producers and collaborators has been the biggest gift, along with hearing when listeners are able to connect with one of my songs! One mother of a baby with a birthmark reached out from Europe to say that the song Stain gave her hope and inspiration for her daughter’s journey and that meant everything to me.
10. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who are just starting their own musical journeys?
EY: Growing up I met two incredible LA artists - Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Diaz who my mom worked with. They had an artist collective called Slanguage and worked primarily with kids and teens, sometimes I took some of their family workshops. They had a class called You Got to See it to Be It. And they are so right. I think it’s important to really trust your vision, and surround yourself with people who support you. But I had to make music and put it out there to know that is what I want to do.