In this Emerging Headliner interview powered by JBL, Headliner gets to know Venus, an up and coming artist with a talent for writing soothing, infectious music and relatable narratives. In fact, this California-based songstress’ music is so ethereal and hypnotic, it even sounds pleasant when she’s telling you to eff off.
“It's a juxtaposition,” she smiles, acknowledging her song Eff Off. “It's got a sweet sound, but the lyrics are like, ‘What's going on here?’ I've always been into very ethereal sounds because people like music that people can attach to.” Venus admits to feeling a touch of nerves due to this being one of her first interviews. She needn't worry – she’s a natural, and is warm and generous with her time and anecdotes.
So who is Venus, in a nutshell? It turns out this independent artist does it all – Venus is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer who combines these strengths into an undeniable dreamlike fusion of indie/alternative, pop and new wave.
“I was always into producing instrumentals and I've always been in love with musical scores and compositions,” she shares from her home in California. “I guess that has to do with my band background. With all of the instruments that come into orchestral music, there always is a slight ethereal sound, so I try to incorporate a modern way of having an ethereal aspect into the music. My voice is also soft, so it just goes really well with softer sounding music.”
For Venus, music is the soundtrack to the stories of our lives. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that her music is always inspired by true events:
“I am the type of artist who has to experience something or go through something in order to write,” she confirms – “and that doesn't have to be negative. I remember I went to a James Blake concert and he said that he's trying to get himself to not always write when he’s sad. It's a lot easier to get in touch with the negative side of things for some reason,” she reasons.
“Music helps artists deal with those negative emotions, so that's usually why it's easier to write from that place. I also used to only write from sad experiences or negative experiences, so I've found a way to get myself into the headspace of writing music with all of my life experiences that I go through. I think it's allowed me to dive more into the wide range of music and songwriting.”