Edie Yvonne. Teen Pop’s fresh voice discusses ‘Delusion’ and beyond

"I am so lucky that I have an outlet for all of my emotions - taking hurt or shame and putting it in the lyrics and melodies I write"
21 February 2024

At just 15, Edie Yvonne is not your average Angeleno singer-songwriter. With her new single Delusion, Edie Yvonne rounds out her teen pop anthem trilogy, succeeding Girl Code and Queen Bee. Beyond her catchy tunes, our exclusive interview dives into her world, revealing the fusion of music, inspiration, and activism that shapes her.

When asked about her role as an ambassador for the Vascular Birthmark Foundation, Edie’s passion is evident. “Art and activism go hand in hand,” she states. Her personal journey, marked by experiences stemming from her own vascular birthmark, fuels her commitment to awareness and community building. This blend of personal history and advocacy shapes not just her music, but her entire artistic ethos.

Edie’s latest single, Delusion, alongside ” Girl Code and Queen Bee forms a triad of songs reflecting her high school experiences—each addressing themes from failed friendships to the perils of miscommunication. “The songs are diaristic,” Edie reveals, highlighting her journey towards finding a trusted rhythm in collaboration and confidence in the studio.

Edie discusses how her music’s emotional depth, particularly in On Your Mind, stems from personal vulnerability and conflict. She finds healing in turning pain into music, offering her a way to express and release deep feelings. Similarly, In the Rain reflects her knack for drawing inspiration from life’s moments, melding a stormy LA evening with personal challenges.

Despite her youth, Edie has navigated the complexities of the music and cinema industries, particularly through the challenges posed by the pandemic and industry strikes. She emphasizes the importance of creating one’s own content, a lesson learned from periods of waiting and uncertainty. This proactive approach has allowed her to maintain momentum and stay true to her artistic vision.

Edie’s musical journey is deeply rooted in family and early experiences in performing arts. Her passion for music and performance was shaped early on by her Nicaraguan opera-singing grandmother and experiences at the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts. A pivotal experience at a music festival performance solidified her desire to pursue a music career, captivated by the stage’s excitement.

In today’s diverse musical landscape, Edie hopes her songs will resonate and connect with listeners on a personal level. She values the power of honesty and storytelling in creating universal connections through music. “I’m just one voice in a sea of artists,” she humbly notes, expressing gratitude for the ability to connect with her audience and participate in a larger cultural dialogue.

When asked about her dream collaborations, Edie names Lola Young and Ava Maybee as her top picks, admiring their music and the emotions they convey. Describing her own sound as “dreamy, emotional, teenpop,” she offers a window into her artistic identity, one that bridges youthful energy with depth and introspection.

Above all, Edie Yvonne hopes her music will be a mirror for her audience—a tool for reflection and connection. “I hope they feel something or remember something and see themselves,” she says, underscoring the transformative power of music to speak to and for the listener.

As Edie Yvonne forges ahead in her musical career, her journey stands as a tribute to the strength of genuine expression, perseverance, and music’s universal appeal.

I just feel that if you are open and honest and share your stories, it helps to connect with others

What inspired you to become an ambassador for the Vascular Birthmark Foundation, and how has your personal experience shaped your music and advocacy work?

EY: Thank you so much for asking. It is so important to me that art and activism go hand in hand. Being born with a vascular birthmark, I’ve experienced other peoples’ response to difference whether it’s compassion or intolerance. Because of that I’ve felt compelled to promote awareness and to build community around shared experiences.

Can you share the creative process behind your latest single Delusion and how it completes the trilogy with Girl Code and Queen Bee?

EY: I wrote these songs as I just entered high school and the songs are really diaristic. I think they hold together as a trio. One focused on failed friendship, the other was about mean girls, and Delusion about challenges of relationships and miscommunication. It is also interesting to see the evolution of the sound. After my first year of recording I feel like we are getting into a rhythm of trust, collaboration, and confidence. I wrote Delusion on the guitar which we then took to the studio and started building harmonies.

On Your Mind emerged from a moment of vulnerability. Could you elaborate on the emotional journey of writing this song and how it reflects your artistic growth?

EY: I am so lucky that I have an outlet for all of my emotions – taking hurt or shame and putting it in the lyrics and melodies I write. It relieves me of holding onto those feelings and is so much a part of my process of letting go. I just got into an argument with someone close to me and the next morning I picked up my electric guitar and started playing out what I wanted to say and the song unfolded swiftly.

With In the Rain being inspired by a stormy night in LA and personal turmoil, how do you find solace in songwriting during challenging times?

EY: I try to channel the mood in real time. That night was so dramatic between the weather and my emotions. So I began writing on the guitar while I was sitting with what had just occurred.

Having released six singles in just six months at such a young age, what challenges have you faced in the music and cinema industry, and how have you overcome them?

EY: Challenges were the pandemic, the strike, waiting for auditions and opportunities. But it did give me the time and space to lean into writing and recording music. I’ve realized that creating your own content feels better than waiting for someone or something to come knocking on your door.

When did you first realize you had the potential to become a music artist?

EY: I was lucky enough to sing since I was small. My Abuela is a Nicaraguan opera singer. She sings all day everyday. I also started YADA (the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts) very young and did musical theater for several years – Chorus Line, Xanadu, Hairspray, Cats, Les Miserables. That helped build confidence. During the pandemic when the shows pivoted to online and we weren’t rehearsing and performing in the theater, I started writing my own music. I also took singing lessons from Katie Riggs when I was little and once she put in the microphone in front of me, I was hooked. There was one night on stage at what was once the Bootleg Theater for a music festival called Girl School that Anna Bulbrook produced. Kristin Kontrol invited kids to perform with her and colleagues like Karen O. I sang Fade into You. That experience – I knew this is what I wanted to do.

Where do you think your music fits in today’s world?

EY: I just feel that if you are open and honest and share your stories, it helps to connect with others. My biggest hope is that others can see themselves in the music. I’m just one voice in a sea of artists and am so fortunate to connect with listeners one by one on a daily basis. It is utterly amazing to have people sing your lyrics back to you. It’s an unreal feeling. And I’m so grateful for the amazing response and support. If I have the opportunity in the future to participate in the cultural conversation it would be a dream.

If you could tour with any musicians, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

EY: Omg the hardest question. I love Lola Young and Ava Maybee. I listen to their music all the time.

If you had to describe your sound in three words what would they be?

EY: Dreamy, emotional, teenpop.

What do you want people to take away from listening to your music?

EY: I hope they feel something or remember something and see themselves. I hope it speaks to them.

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