Introducing LA native Fiona Grey with her brand new song dirty dream
Produced by Grammy award-winning Mike Schuppan (Paramore, M83, Ziggy Marley) and mastered by Dave Cooley (Fitz & The Tantrums, Stone Temple Pilots), the release is packed with powerful storytelling and imaginative visuals.
In a Q&A with IndustryMe Fiona Talks about how she got started new music and more
What inspired you to start a career in music?
I don’t think I ever consciously “started” a career in music. I’ve been making music for as long as I remember when I was kid it was what I did for fun, honestly I just never stopped doing it. Both my parents are artists so it was almost the normal career to fall into.
For those just joining the Fiona Grey journey what is the one song from your discography that you would recommend they check out and why?
I asked my band this questions because I was interested in hearing what they would say. We all agree that our new song “Media Queen” off Cult Classic EP is a great representation of the gritty rock side and my pop side. It also touches on a lot of pop culture themes I write a lot about.
For me you’re a cross between Phebe starr and Florence and the machine how do you feel about such comparisons?
Oooh that’s cool! I’m into it. I try to not think too much about comparisons when writing music but I love hearing what people say. I’m really inspired by rule breaking female pop artists right now.
It seems that you are spearheading the dirty pop movement, for those who don’t know can you explain what that is?
Dirty pop is unfiltered, gritty, honest pop music. For me dirty pop is all about breaking rules under the umbrella of being a pop artists. For example, my song “Money” is a pop song with a 1 minute outro.
Do you ever feel like the pop scene is becoming oversaturated?
Yes. I think it’s great to see more people expressing themselves through music but I hope that we continue to make music that means something to us vs being overly formulaic about our art. I think so much pop music is made for “quick fame” vs good art. I think it makes pop music look bad when really pop music is just well written, contemporary music.
Describe the writing and recording process for your new single “dirty dream”?
I originally wrote the song on a voice memo and it was a ballad. The lyrics and concept of the song were written at a pretty sad time. When we got in the studio my producer, Mike, and I felt like going the traditional “ballad approach” was too obvious and had this idea to turn it into a disco song. I wanted it to be a break up song you could dance to!
A lot of your music seems to have a naturally risqué edge. Is this intentional or something that has developed of the course of your career?
I write and perform music as unfiltered and honest as possible. There are a lot of things that people identify as risque that are just me being open and honest. The music being sexual or edgy isn’t something that was intentional but I am conscious about not hiding my true, honest, primal emotions.
You’ve recently spent a bit of time on the road, do you have any pre show rituals you would like to share?
We don’t have a pre-show ritual but we have a post show ritual. After each show we sit on the top of our tour van and hang out, talk about the show and enjoy whatever new city we’re in before we rush off to the next. We’ll have a lot more roof hangs as we’re on the road for over another month!
Where are you most looking forward to performing for your national tour?
There are so many really exciting cities on this tour! One I’m really looking forward to is to Philly and West Chester. It’s my really good friend Emma Cole’s hometown show. She’s opening for me on tour for a couple dates. She’s incredibly talented and it’s gonna be fun to play her hometown!
Any final shoutouts or plugs?
My EP “Cult Classic” was released on September 14th! I’m so excited for the world to hear it.