Artist Spotlight Interview - Stacy Citron
Stacy Citron tells all with her new single "Not That Deep".
The song is a flurry of quirky pop perfection in the vein of Taylor Swift.
Lacking nothing in the way of actual talent or production, the track is funny and done so well it's almost ridiculous.
You'll laugh, you'll dance, you'll show the song to your friends. It's that good.
Now, Stacy has a good track record under her belt with her previous singles. And these songs are all different.
There are beautiful southern folk songs, and more to dig into with Stacy and we suggest you do.
With this new, bright new pop release, we had to find out why she took this direction and where things are headed next.
RAG: So Stacy, let's start with "Not That Deep". This is an amazing pop song and you obviously aren't holding back because it's also really funny. Where exactly did this come from?
Stacy: Thank you! I’ve always been a say-it-like-it-is person, I don’t know any other way to be! The inspiration for this song came from a horrendous tinder date I had during the beginning of the pandemic. I think, like a lot of people, I was just wanting human connection?! Let’s just say the connection I got was a dud in every possible way.
RAG: This song is such a far cry from your previous work, what made you change things up?
Stacy: I love my previous releases and stand by them but I think back then I was trying to write music I think people wanted to hear from me. I was going off of what industry peers were saying more than what I was actually wanting to sing. I also had a lot of loss and hardship in 2018 and 2019, so I think the music reflects that.
Heading into 2020, I wanted to stay true to what I was feeling in the moment and embrace my confident side- then we got hit with a pandemic. Instead of heading back to the comfort of what I knew, I jumped into the fun of what I wanted. I was also really lucky to find a dream collaborator and producer Jon Clifton, who immediately dialed into my vision and helped create it.
RAG: Do you think you'll keep in the musical direction with the next release?
Stacy: Absolutely, with the caveat of I will keep releasing music that feels authentic to me. My next single that’s coming out in December is very different from Not That Deep, yet it still holds the authentic and simple structure of storytelling that has become a mainstay in my music. Spoiler alert- wait till you hear the treat I have for y’all for Valentine’s Day (especially if you love NTD!)
RAG: How did all of this actually start for you?
Stacy: *cues Star Wars voice* I was born…..JK!
I’ve always been a singer. I was a musical theatre kid and even competed in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival a few times, but I always felt dialed into something truly wonderful when I was singing.
I also delved into the comedy world but I just found that more opportunities naturally happened when I would sing. At first it was dive bars and holiday parties and then it extended to local gigs around LA.
RAG: Songwriting and singing wise there are so many styles between your songs, can you give us some of your biggest influences in music? What artists or bands really changed you?
Stacy: I grew up listening to an eclectic mix of music as a kid. I was raised on the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Etta James. My dad had a Victoria from 1920s, and it had records from The Cotton Club with Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday. I also grew up in Seattle so I was exposed to Nirvana, The Smiths, Jimmy Eat World, Alanis Morissette and others. I also grew up in the late 90’s pop era and owned every boy band and teen bop cd. I just LOVE music.
Artists that really inspire me are too many to name. I mean, Lauren Hill is just Queen. As is P!nk (who’s music brought me joy during really hard times) Amy Winehouse (lyrically I think she’s one of the best when it comes to storytelling with a quick wit and truth). I also really love Lil Dicky and Lizzo (I mean, dream of all dreams to just sit down and talk with her. I love everything she’s EVER done). I could go on and on about this. I better end it there haha!
RAG: Before we go, is there anything you'd like to say to your fans out there?
Stacy: Thank you. I am BLOWN AWAY by the support foe Not That Deep. The amount of dms and shout-outs I have received from people who have had similar experiences reminds me why I make music and why I have the best fans in the world. I hope that NTD is a sex positivity anthem that stays around for a hot minute. We all need a good laugh and a good reminder on how to treat people, so I’m thrilled people like my tongue and cheek approach. Seriously though- THANK YOU. I know there’s an endless amount of music you could be listening to, and the fact that you are listening to me is such a gift and I’m so grateful. Xx
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