Song: Hard Times
Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
TV Show: One Day At A time
DesiG is a Canadian Singer who recently dropped her new EP “Lucid Thoughts“.
How did you get started singing?
I always have sung since I can remember, I started to take formal lessons at the age of 6 years of age and haven’t stopped. I constantly am learning and growing and broadening my skills in music as the years go. It truly is a creative outlet for me and a way of expression.
What was the first ever song that you recorded?
Never Enough which was recorded when I was 10 years old.
What was the inspiration behind “Online World”?
I wanted to address the reality of the pros and cons of social media and how, there are a lot of opportunities and connections you can form but there is an equal amount of bad that comes from this world. It’s a world that I love, as I get to make so many connections across all borders. However, it’s so easy to be absorbed and disconnect from one’s true emotions and even people who we are close to. Social media is not always true to what we see in front of us. We only get a glimpse into ones life, whether it’s true or not and we need to be mindful of this possibility and true reality. It’s important to keep this in mind and to not let this world take over who you are or change you. This song is about the facts of the online world. It’s about the exciting connections and possibilities that this world can provide but also the challenges and some rude but true realities.
What was it like recording “Online World” and the rest of your EP?
It was amazing. It felt incredible knowing that I reached my goal of being able to share my stories in my original written songs. Recording in the studio was a lot of fun, hard work, and an incredible experience.
What’s the theme behind your EP “Lucid Thoughts” and why does it mean so much to you?
Lucid Thoughts is about having clarity and understanding. Commonly people say “lucid dreams,” but I am interpreting the same process but with our thoughts. Lucid Thoughts are when you’re thinking about something, but you’re aware that the events flashing through your brain aren’t really happening. Lucid thoughts for me is the hazy reality of being a teenager, and it can be at times very confusing and not knowing what to expect.
How do you come up with ideas for your music?
I take inspiration from others and see what I can build off of and make them unique. Sometimes I take my own life experiences and incorporate them into my songs in order to spark an idea.
What’s your process like as a songwriter writing each song?
First I like to make a beat in my head or with a beat maker and from there, I start to brainstorm lyrics until i come up with something for that beat or melody. That’s how i start off my songs, and then after I have a foundation, I tweak and build my songs and work with a co-songwriter who helps me when I am stuck, and we brainstorm together. I find it to be such a cool process because two minds is better than one when they are in sync. I then edit the song, which then gets sent to my producer. Each song and how it comes to life is different. There’s times where I start writing a song during break at school, or wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and I start writing. There are other times I am just sitting with my co-songwriter coming up with writer prompts to trigger some inspiration.
You’ve had great success through social media pushing your music. What have you found most helpful as an artist to push your work through social media?
As an artist I would say connecting with my audience consistently is very important. I ensure to be active not only in consistent and regular posting of content, but to engage through online lives with my fans and followers, and also do my best to directly respond back to messages.
What’s your process for making your social media content?
I typically post a photo of the day following up with a song I have recorded at home. I also try to put content of what I am currently working on and am very active on social media stories giving a snippet of my life to my following. I try to give a sense or a slice of my life so people know I am like them. It’s not all success and glory, life does have its challenges and obstacles and I am open to sharing as I think it’s important that my fans know that I am like them and we can all relate to each other.
You’re based out of Vancouver, tell us about the music market up there and how music in Canada is different in the US/LA. (i.e. Juno Awards etc.)?
I am just getting myself out there and learning about how the music market works. One of my goals is to get nominated at the Junos. I am not as familiar with the USA market, but I am learning as I go. One of my other goals is to be able to go to Las Vegas and sing on the same stage that Celine Dion sang on. She is truly one of my idols.