Audriix: Writing from Personal Experience, Her New Song 'Waste A Goodbye', & The Backstreet Boys
By: Ezzah Rafique | Transcribed by: Isabel Elise |February 13, 2021
Pop artist Audrey, professionally known as Audriix, talks about writing from personal experience, her new song 'Waste a Goodbye', and having business skills.
Check out the interview below...
Your song 'Wasted a Goodbye', came out [on] February 12. So, tell me a little bit about it. Is there a message behind it? Or a moral that you wanted to, like, portray with it?
Sure. Yeah. I mean, I always write from personal experience, I think the bigger the biggest sort of aspect of it, you know, the big picture of the song is, you know, not taking any moments for granted. Don't waste any moments. More specifically, it tells the story of, you know, it's sort of that point in a relationship where you've tried everything to get it to work, and it just won't. And yet, still, you are hanging on to, you know, the hope that you won't have to say this goodbye, because you can't bear the pain of a goodbye. So that's pretty apt. I think that's pretty much what the inspiration is just being in that moment where you're really torn between having tried so hard, but it just seems like there's nothing you can do. You're on this merry go round.
So, was it different when you were writing this? And like the whole process of putting like a song out? Especially like, during quarantine and COVID and stuff? Did you find anything that you learned that you wish you knew prior?
Yeah, it's been a really interesting process writing during COVID actually, because obviously, you can't write in person. I've been really, really careful not to get Coronavirus, so I have not left the house at all since March last year. So, I've been doing these zoom co-writing sessions. And I actually really like them. They took some getting used to kind of I’ve you know, I've been doing it now for almost a year. Because it's different. You know, usually you're like in the room with people. You can be like playing the piano together, that kind of thing. But I found that it really works quite well actually. And Alex Reid who I wrote the song with and he produced it as well. He also did ‘Deep Breaths’ with me. But we have a really good system going where, you know, I've got my home studio setup, he's got his home studio, and we get on zoom and we write together. And the nice thing I would say about zoom is, you know, I used to have to fly to LA or fly to London, or fly wherever to do the, you know, to do writing sessions. And now I can just do them at home. And so, the nice thing is, instead of feeling like, Oh, I have this pressure of this, you know, I better get this song finished in the one day that I am here, we can come back. And, you know, try again, I was just last week writing with Alex again. And we were like, huh, let's like, take a couple days and back and like, keep working on this song. And it gives you that flexibility. to, to kind of like have a little more space, instead of rushing the creative process, which I really like. And it works out really well, you know, I will then you know, will like with ‘Wasted Goodbye’, like we wrote the song together. And then I recorded some vocals and, you know, kind of simple piano parts, sent that to Alex, then he made his track and sent that to me, we kind of went back and forth. And then actually at one point got on a zoom, another zoom together working on the sort of post chorus, big instrumental section, because at first that was the part that wasn't really working at first. And we really drilled that to, you know, try different things. And it was a really cool like process where usually you don't, you know, you wouldn't go back to the producers studio to like work on a quick little thing. But with zoom, you can so I've learned a lot, I would say, and a lot of new things that I actually like I hope that some of this sort of zoom co-writing stuff will, you know, will carry over post-pandemic as well.
Absolutely. So, again, with the whole process of like releasing music during COVID, has there been a big impact, especially on like your end for when you're releasing [since] you release[d] 'Deep Breaths' and 'Wasted a Goodbye' during [this] COVID time period? How has the process of releasing it been different? Because you have the process of like writing it, but then you also have the release of it.
Yeah, the release hasn't been that different. I would say, the only real difference I would say is you can't accompany it with a live performance. I mean, that's kind of the real biggie. And for me, you know, 2020 was supposed to be a big touring year for me, and, you know, I love performing and usually you'd want to, you know, release your music and then go and perform it and you can't do that. So, the big, I mean, the big difference is you're still releasing it in the same way on Spotify and posting on socials and all that stuff. It's just that you have to do it all digitally. You can't perform it live, which is a bummer. But, you know, forces you to try to be I think more creative with doing live streams on Instagram and that kind of stuff. So it's just, it's just kind of like heavy loading the digital, I would say.
So, I've read that you've been into music since a very young age and correct me if I'm wrong. You've been writing songs since the age of six [which is] really cool by the way, what pushed you into like pursuing music as a career?
Honestly, I never even really considered a career in anything else. I've been a performer and a music’s been my passion since I was three. So yeah, you read in my bio, obviously, but I started violin when I was three by my choice, which is you know, weird for a little kid I think but I was two years old, was begging my mom. And it was really fun. I heard of all these The Four Seasons and begged my mom to let me take violin lessons and she said no and I badgered her and badgered her. And then finally when I turned three, she said, okay, so I would, you know, she'd drive me a half hour each way twice a week for a 15-minute lesson because that's all I had the, you know, out. That's all I was able to do with my attention span and then started, you know, singing, obviously, that I've been singing in nursery school. And you know, I had a teacher who would play the guitar and we’d sing, and then when I was five, I wanted to start piano. And then when I was six, I was in first grade. I remember I don't think I was just so like a big Backstreet Boys that has been into like, boy bands and, you know, pop music. And so my first band in quotes, I would, was called the “Backstreet Girls”, and here's a group of us, you know, six year olds, and we, but we also wrote, you know, wrote some songs like I very distinctly remember, like, like, one of the first songs I wrote when I was six, actually, not that it was any good, but you know, and we, you know, perform for like, school talent shows some of the Backstreet Boys songs. The funny thing is actually one of the girls who is in the “Backstreet Girls” with me, is also in the music industry today. So, I think that's kind of fun. But I think, you know, and I did a lot of theater growing up, and, and so I just always, you know, obviously, at that age, I wasn't thinking [of a] career of anything, because you're just a kid. But that was just where my passion was, was in music, and all sorts of music, even from you know, I collected musical instruments from different countries for, you know. I've got 25 different instruments that are, you know, like bagpipes, I took bagpipe lessons for a brief amount of time, because I went to Scotland. And so, it was just this passion for music forming. And then, you know, when I got to the point where I was, you know, starting to think about what, well, you know, got to pick a career there, it was just really obvious to me. And the funny thing that's interesting is I, so I actually went to Stanford, and studied computer science, and also got a Master's in Computer Science and MBA, which everybody's like, why did you do that if you were pursuing music? And the answer is I actually did those all with the intention of pursuing music all along, but getting the business side because I felt like I had music theory and music lessons and training and stuff forever. And I was in a band and college and all that stuff. But I felt like all of the musicians out there, everyone's wonderful, talented musician, like, how do I set myself apart? Well, if I have the business skills, that's something that I can have other people don't necessarily have. So, I'd say especially my MBA was really, you know, learning about negotiations and marketing and branding. And actually, I worked with Tyra Banks on a class in personal branding that I like assisted her in teaching. And, you know, I've learned I just learned so much about that side of it. And I use that stuff every day. Honestly, just as much as I use my actual music skills, so always wanted to, you know, go back to your question. Music was always my passion, and there wasn't really a decision and I just kind of tried to arm myself with all the different tools that I need to try to give myself the best opportunity for success.
Audriix in 'Waste a Goodbye'
That's so cool! Do you have an artist or like a band that you get like in inspiration or like that influences your style of music?
For sure, I think I mean, the biggie. Obvious one that comes to mind is Taylor Swift. I mean, just in terms of amazing catchy pop music, but also just her isn't as savvy. I mean, she's brilliant, like the, the whole package of everything. I mean, she's created so much more than just she's so much more than just her music. And the way she connects with her fans and inspires people so positively. I love because I want to be someone who's, you know, a positive role model for young girls, as well. In addition to her Dua Lipa I think these days I'm really, really loving her style and her music. She's terrific. And also, I'll say I'm a big One Direction fan. That was kind of I mentioned, boy bands. So, versus Backstreet Boys. That was One Direction. I mean, I just love catchy pop music, and there's just in my opinion, no songs is catchier than One Direction. They're just, they just are great. And now of course, I'd love each of them individually as they're in their solo careers, as well. But yeah.
Great! I'll wrap up with like one last question. If you could collab with anybody in the music industry, obviously, you have a lot of influences and inspirations...who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with Olly Murs. Actually, he has some really great pop music. And I just think he's a really I don't know, he's been someone I actually have always had on my list is this is someone I would love to, to write with or do a duet with or whatever. And I know I don't think he's released too much stuff recently, but I just always really been a fan of his super catchy music and would love to collaborate with him.
Thank you. And obviously, congratulations for putting out your most recent song.
Thank you so much. I hope everybody enjoys it.