INTERVIEW: Getting to Know the Imaginative Vision behind THAT POPPY
Introducing your new princess of pop. Meet doe-eyed, creative force That Poppy, breaking barriers and defining the art of unconventional, experimental artistry. Whether she's sweeping pop radio throughout the nation or releasing her crafty videos on Youtube, it is certain that Poppy has made herself stand out from the rest. Quirky, adorable energy adds a cherry on top of her creations, fully bodying the character and spectacle that is none other than That Poppy.
Her music reflects her creativity and magnifies it to show her full capability. She has quite an ear for catchy pop tunes, and uses this to incorporate a depth of lyricism and melody to produce a sound that is of her own. Poppy released her debut EP, Bubblebath, in February of 2016 and made a huge splash with her sound. Single "Low Life" (featuring Travis Mills) began the journey to her rise as a playful yet powerful artist.
We were incredibly intrigued by her talent, her look, and her overall imaginative vision. The pleasure was all ours as we sat and chatted with Poppy, getting to know the back story of her clever brilliance...
Catch That Poppy at SXSW 2016!
Monster Outbreak House -- Wednesday, 3/16 -- 8:00 PM -- 213 West 5th Street
What color do you feel like today? What does that say about your personality?
Pink! They say pink means confidence – I just like it because it’s girly and it’s happy.
How would your ultimate concert look like for your fans?
Hmmm.. Maybe we would go and build a magic park. It would have a centered raft in water I could float on. Everyone would just gather around this circle in the middle with a boat in the center, and everyone will be on land watching my water stage. There are little trains riding around and everyone would hang out. This would be in Japan.
With that being said, what has been your favorite show so far that you’ve actually played?
We did a festival in Mexico and that was really fun. It was great to be in another country, and some of my friends were playing as well. We met the Pixies which was really cool. A lot of really awesome people.
It’s fantastic to watch your music globalize like that! What’s the best part about hearing fan reactions?
I talk to them on social media and they usually send me really nice messages and send my music to their friends. It’s really cool, like a little community. I have my guitar player Titanic with me always and we make videos together and write songs. Having him to be creative with is a great thing. We worked on the Bubblebath EP together. It’s good to write songs with your friends -- A wall is broken down when you walk into the situation rather than writing with someone you don’t know. I like to be myself and with the people I know.
So how do you overcome an obstacle, for example, having an issue channeling your creativity?
I really try not to think about that -- not to focus on writers block or anything like that. The only way to get through that is to keep doing it. But when it comes to meeting someone for the first time in a songwriting session, I feel like you get nervous about judgment and that’s the hard part. Rather than being with your friends and getting straight up honesty.
What do you listen to before you go to sleep?
Recently, Of Montreal. I like them a lot. Beach Boys are great, Titanic and I both love them. And then the Beatles. Also I like classical, too. It's pretty all over the place.
So what about the morning?
Some pump up music! I really like Shamir's tunes. I just like being pumped up! I don’t really like mid-tempo music. It puts me to sleep. I want to be taken somewhere...
I really like synthesizers. We played around with some old synths and I think those sounds are way more unique rather than getting a new computer and playing with stock sounds. But I also really do appreciate live drums and guitar, etc.
If you could pick up a random / crazy talent, what would it be?
Teleportation! Being invisible is cool and all, but teleportation is very useful because I could go back in time, I could go forward in time.
Do you have any crazy random talents people might not know about?
I can crack my back really well... We recorded it before. We just lay the iPhone on my back and it sounds really cool. Maybe we’ll sample it.
“10 in 30” -- Rapid fire::
What couldn’t you live without?
I feel most energized when….?
I go on a run.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Favorite social media?
Every person needs….?
Last song stuck in your head?
This track by Of Montreal... *hums melody*
I never get tired of….?
You have a plane ticket anywhere (imaginary or not) -- you go?
Three words to describe yourself?
Kawaii Barbie Princess.
What makes you nervous?
People that ask me if I’m okay.
Describe the most beautiful sound you've ever heard…
It was like… Humming mice in a mansion of cotton candy... Meeeeep.
What is a personality trait you admire in other people?
Confidence. And the ability to be yourself. Just to joke around and have a good time with no worries. It reminds me to step up my game and really own it. When I’m feeling insecure, I try to just think that everybody in the planet has a purpose and is here to some reason. And we’re all contributing.
If you had a pet parrot, what would you teach it to say?
I almost got a bird and then I realized you’d have to really really train it. And it would probably outlive me. Titanic’s neighbor has a parrot that has to be like 80 years old and makes the phone ringing noise all day and calls out “MOM!” So… No bird for me.
Are you involved in any other art forms? Outside of making music, what helps you release your mind?
I like painting, making videos, roller skating, writing… I have a diary too. I write songs but I also write about my life. Hopefully one day it will make it into a museum or something. “December 21st: the day Poppy discovered she could…”
What is your first musical memory? First record, song, etc…
The first album I bought was Missundaztood by Pink. My dad was a drummer and he had his own studio when I was younger. I remember sitting on the floor and eating the microphone at a really young age. Everybody thought I was just going to be a dancer, but then I got really into music. It was scary at first. I started posting videos on the internet and writing a bunch… And now, here I am!
Have you had a defining moment yet?
We had a meeting with my publisher and we were sitting in his NYC office watching our videos with other people in the room, and you could just see the whole city from where we sat… It was really surreal. We started with nothing. We didn’t “know people” or anything. We just started making videos and it turned to something really big. If you really believe in it, it will happen. That was kind of a "wow" moment for both Titanic and myself.
What would you say to your future self?
DO EVERYTHING! As much as you can. You only have one life.