Songstress UPSAHL, who is best known for her single ‘Drugs’ has just released her knew single ‘12345SEX’. The 21 year old is classically training and has been compared to Gwen Stefani. Billboard have called her an ‘industry mainstay’ and YouTube have named her as an ‘Artist on the Rise’. She has recently toured with the likes of Young The Giant, PVRIS and Fitz & Tantrums. The singer co-wrote ‘Good In Bed’ which features on Dua Lipa’s new album.
We caught up with UPSAHL at home and spoke about what inspires her, it being ok to not be ok, and the feeling of a fresh sweat set!
How are you finding the change in routine since lockdown?
I was meant to be on tour all spring and had just played the first show before everything got locked down. It was a bummer to have to cancel everything, but I feel really lucky that I get to quarantine with my family in Phoenix. I feel like a lot of people, including myself, have really fucked up sleep schedules during this time, so that’s changed my work flow a bit. I get a wave of inspiration and motivation every night once 2:00am rolls around, so that’s definitely messed with my normal routine, but I’m just trying to roll with it.
What would you recommend people do in all the ‘spare’ time they are now experiencing?
I feel like there’s this huge pressure to “make the most” of this time, which honestly can be kind of toxic. We’re living through such an insane time, so it’s okay to not be okay or feel inspired right now. That said, if you have the energy, it’s a good time to do something you’ve always wanted to do. I’ve taken up painting! And I’m working on my production skills! Oh, and, of course, quality time with the family.
What inspires you?
Everything! The smallest thing can get me on a train of thought that just spirals, and usually ends up as a song. It can be something somebody said in a conversation, a music video, a street sign, a random noise, etc.
Has being in quarantine affected your mental health in any way? If so, what do you do to overcome those feelings?
Yes. I feel like a lot of us are really going through it right now. Honestly I can’t say I’ve figured out how to deal with it yet, but I think what’s helped me stay sane throughout this process the most is being open about how I’m feeling. I vent to my friends, people I’m writing with, my family, etc, so I can at least get my feelings out in the open.
Share a fashion or beauty tip with us…
If you have a sick pair of pants with a cool pattern/texture/material/etc, you can literally throw on a tee shirt and some stacked jewlery and it’ll look like you actually spent time putting an outfit together. The majority of my wardrobe is just pants.
When you get a moment to PAUSE, what do you do for fun?
At the moment, painting has been super fun for me. I suck at it, but it’s so relaxing. I think that’s the one hobby I’ll actually carry with me out of this quarantine.
What is your favourite ‘at home’ outfit?
Sweatshirt and sweatpants. Especially when you throw on a sweat set right out of the shower before bed… Literally no better feeling haha.
What is the first thing you will do when lockdown is lifted?
I’m going to get dressed up, go out to my favorite sushi restaurant, drink a bunch of tequila, and go bar hopping with my friends. This lockdown is making me realize how much I used to take those kind of nights for granted.
What song makes you feel happiest?
Purple Hat by Sofi Tukker can get me out of any bad mood in less than 10 seconds. It’s the kind of song you just can’t help but dance to.
What can we expect from you for 2020?
New music! I’m wrapping up songs for my second EP right now, and then hopefully I’ll get to do a bit of touring if the world gets back to some sort of normalcy.