Minneapolis-native Quigley is taking the electronic dance music scene by storm with her captivating and unique vocal style and her playful production technique that she simply describes as “pretty.” Comparing her sound to Grimes or Ellie Goulding, Quigley pairs fantastic lyrics and chopped up vocal samples with upbeat electronics to lend her voice to a generation of girls as they explore what it means to grow up and grow old, to change, to fall in love. Now residing in Los Angeles, the songwriter-producer is currently busy promoting her debut EP, Initium while writing and recording her next release in 2016.
Our very own Sam Lopez interviewed the singer-songwriter in her studio covering the topics of her taste in music, fashion and her fat cat Meatball.
How long have you been producing your own music?
I took my first production class at Minneapolis Media Institute in 2010, but it took me a few years before I was comfortable behind the laptop. I started with little snippets of tracks and my manager, India, really pushed me to make them into full songs.
How is it being a female producer in an industry primarily dominated by male DJs and producers? Do you find it difficult/easy?
I find it exciting! There is the potential for great change! It can be intimidating sometimes, but mostly I just enjoy seeing the look on peoples faces when they ask me if I’m a singer and I respond, “Yes, and I also write and produce my music too.” My biggest aspiration as an artist is to be a role model for young girls who want to be musicians. There is so much potential to tap into and I cant wait to see what the industry looks like in ten years when people assume all women can produce. Its going to BONKERS, and I’m going to be right there leading the pack.
Who are your major influences when it comes to writing songs? What about creating production?
When it comes to song writing, I am very inspired my artists who tell stories… whose words are poetry. I listened to a lot of Bjork and Prince growing up, both really shaping me as a songwriter. As far as production goes, I have always looked up to women like Kate Bush and Imogen Heap, who pioneered the production world for women in the industry. Also, I credit basically 90% of what I know to my ex-fiance, Vincent Frank. He goes by Frankmusik. I idolized him before I met him for the work he had done with Ellie Goulding and on his first record. We didn’t part ways in the best way but he changed my life, and I will always be beyond thankful for everything he taught me.