Cristina Hart talks about being a music graduate, her hopes for a record deal and a mysterious missing toothpick [Exclusive]
Having dropped her debut EP Sell a Dream earlier this year, up-and-coming pop artist Cristina Hart has plenty of dreams on the horizon. Not only is she determined to be able to finally give up her day job, but she also revealed to us some of her ideal collaborations…
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
The best way to describe my music is this: relatable, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, bright synths, upbeat rhythms and quirky production. This EP is really inspired by Lauv, Zara Larsson and Alessia Cara.
What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?
I feel that the biggest challenge for me so far is to be able to balance music with other life commitments such as a day job. After graduating from music uni, it’s as if this sheltered bubble I was in burst and I realised how privileged I was to be able to focus on my music for three whole years – and almost regret not making more use out of it to be honest! When you graduate uni, it feels like adult life takes over, you get a job and all of a sudden it’s harder to schedule in time for sessions, let alone practise. I’m definitely not where I want to be yet but I’m slowly finding my feet and learning to balance work while still being disciplined and have fun with my music.
How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?
When the market is as saturated as this industry, some days it feels incredibly hard and disheartening. But to be honest, I try to remind myself that at the end of the day, what truly matters is the music and I need to enjoy that process – regardless of whether I make a name for myself, otherwise what is the point?
How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?
I think I’ve gotten so used to having full creative control as an independent artist that relinquishing control feels incredibly alien, and I really cherish being able to record and release the music once it’s ready. Throughout the process of making this EP, I’ve learned so much about so many different things from what it takes to make a record, to the visuals to the music business side of things; being an indie artist really means wearing different hats and maneuvering all the controls. I would, however, definitely love to expand my team in order to have feedback on my projects as I go along, as I find that the hardest creative hurdle as an independent solo artist is overthinking your material to the point where you’re scared to commit to recording anything.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
I draw influence from a variety of sources, of course listening to new music is key but I’m also very inspired by my own experiences or the ones from my close circle, as well as the movies I watch and the books I read.
If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
This is such a hard question! In terms of big dream collab, I’d really love to work with Lauv, Alessia Cara and the queen herself, Taylor Swift. Other than that, there’s so many songwriters and producers I want to work with but some of them include: Frances, Griff, Lostboy (Peter Rycroft), Maisie Peters, Lauren Aquilina, Orla Gartland, Rob Milton, The Nocturns and so many others!
Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know.
So, this one always goes down well and is so random! When I was ten years old, I stepped on a toothpick that got stuck in my foot. It was the most painful thing I’d ever experienced. My mum tried to pull it out but it broke and so half of it was still in my foot. I had to get surgery to get the other half removed and walked with a funny shoe at school for months. It was only two years later at a family dinner that one of my sisters made a joke about how it was so funny that they never found it during the surgery – and I had no clue! The placebo effect worked wonders!
Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?
I always like re-evaluating my goals to make sure I know why I want these things, and don’t want them just because that’s what’s expected of me or what other people are doing. My goal for 2021 is to get into as many sessions with lots of new writers / producers to write as many new songs as possible. Ideally, I’d love to get a management and / or publishing deal in order to quit my day job and become a full-time musician.
Where do you hope to be this time next year?
I’d love to have written and recorded many new songs I’m proud of, grown my audience and hopefully have signed a management and/or publishing deal!
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
Since I’ve just released my debut EP, you can expect snippets from the creative process in the coming weeks. While I get ready to record new music, I’ll be posting covers on my social media – mixed in with some funny random stories – I’m quite a clumsy person and there’s always weird funny things happening to me!
Hunter Schafer | Hunter Schafer loves seeing Euphoria fans recreating make-up looks from the show
Hunter Schafer says it’s “really sweet” to see kids recreating make-up looks from ‘Euphoria’.
The 21-year-old actress – who made her acting debut portraying Jules in the hit HBO series in 2019 – had a hand in her alter ego’s whole look for the show and loves to see fans relating to the characters and expressing themselves through make-up.
She said: “It was my first time acting, like coming into Jules. So thankfully the team on ‘Euphoria’, from Sam [Levinson], the writer and creator of the show, to Donni [Davy], it’s been a massively collaborative experience. So I had a lot of hand in helping bring Jules to life. And, particularly with the make-up with Donni, we had so much fun just kind of brainstorming these abstract, colourful looks that reflect a certain scene or emotional energy. I think we try to be pretty mindful of how make-up can accentuate or contrast something that we’re trying to portray in a scene. So it’s a lot of fun to think about. We had a lot of fun just constantly trying to outdo ourselves with the design.”
The model and LGBTQ+ activist added that the make-up team for ‘Euphoria’ – which stars Zendaya as troubled teenager Rue – didn’t abide by any rules when creating the looks and wanted to inspire the young viewers to “have fun” and “do whatever they want”.
She told Vogue: “I still can’t believe it’s reached as far as it has. I mean, it’s really sweet to see kids seeing themselves in these characters and being able to try that on. I also just think, as a whole, ‘Euphoria’ approaches make-up with a creativity that I hope is encouraging of its audience to just do whatever they want, because that’s kind of all we did for the show. We were like, ‘Let’s do whatever, let’s have fun with it!'”
Olivia Rodrigo | Drivers License hitmaker Olivia Rodrigo has made friends with Niall Horan
Olivia Rodrigo is glad she’s made friends with fellow pop star Niall Horan, after her “crazy” success with her record-breaking debut single, ‘Drivers License’.
The 17-year-old US sensation currently has the hottest single in the world, which has topped the charts in the US and UK, and smashed multiple records, including gaining 10.9 million streams in a single week on Spotify.
Olivia – who recently revealed she used to write One Direction fan fiction – said: “I’ve been talking to Niall Horan from One Direction, who’s such an icon, and he said really loved the song. He was like, ‘This is crazy, if you ever need any advice just let me know’. So yeah I’ve been chatting with him, but it’s been such a crazy rollercoaster ride and I’m definitely excited to have artist friends that know the ins and outs of the music industry.”
The ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ star admitted it’s “absolutely surreal” to have the artists she grew up listening to pay her compliments.
She added to NME.com: “I mean, that is just everything. All the recognition the song has got is beyond my wildest dreams. Taylor Swift – is my songwriting idol and I wouldn’t be half of the woman and a songwriter I am today without her – reached out and was so supportive of the song. I just found out the other day that Lorde likes it, Halsey likes it, all of these people that I have grown up listening to are saying they’re liking the song. It’s absolutely surreal to me – as I put little bits and pieces of their songwriting into the songs I’ve written.”
Alana Haim | Alana Haim always steals her sister’s vintage Levi’s
Alana Haim steals her sister’s vintage Levi jeans.
The 29-year-old singer has confessed she always sneaks into bandmate and sibling Danielle Haim’s wardrobe to swipe her best fashion finds, as she’s the “Queen” of finding vintage Levi’s.
Speaking in a joint video interview with her sisters, Danielle, 31, and Este, 34 – who make up the band Haim – for Vogue, Alana confessed: “I have to be honest with you, these are Danielle’s jeans that I stole and she asked me earlier. She was like, ‘Oh, where are those jeans from?’ I was like, ‘They’re yours!’ These are vintage Levi’s. Danielle is the Queen of finding vintage Levi’s. She really is the Queen.”
Their older sister, Este, also admitted she takes Danielle’s clothes after she finds great bargains in stores.
She added: “There’s gonna be a lot of that in this video. Danielle gets the things and we steal the things.”
As well as having an eye for finding Levi’s, Danielle has an “obsession” with Prada Sport and spends most of her time on the internet trying to track down clothing from the brand.
She explained: “I have an unhealthy obsession with Prada Sport. I’m always on the internet searching, finding.”
Meanwhile, Alana previously shared how she refused to dress in an overtly sexy way after she was asked to dress in a schoolgirl outfit by an unnamed music executive in the early days of her career.
She said: “When we were first starting out, someone said I should dress like a schoolgirl.
“And I was like: ‘That’s not going to happen.’ We’ve always had a very strong sense of self.”
The ‘Forever’ group creatively direct all of their own shows, including the tours, the set lists, songs and lighting, and are proud to take control of everything they do.
She added: “We’re the CEOs of our own company … And it bothers me to even have to say that because so many people think that’s not the case.”
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