One of the Babes: Aurora Wilde
At our last #bossbabesATX meet, we hosted our first-ever after-party. We were lucky to have musician Aurora Wilde take the stage, and she blew us away—as always—with the killer depth of her voice and the genre-breaking style of her music (she plays a mean "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse cover).
We're happy to share this Q&A with the Austin-based artist:
Q: What inspired you to begin making music? Was it natural? Did you have any role models?
A: Listening to my mom and dad's music on long road trips, staring out the window, I think. I've been writing songs for as long as I could remember. I've always had this strangely emotional relationship with music, even just listening. My older sister, who's the coolest person ever, had me listening to The Strokes and Red Hot Chili Peppers when I was around seven.
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passion projects?
A: Always finish. Go all out and give it all you got—even if it isn't what you envisioned from the start. Stopping a project midway through because of unforeseen obstacles, fear and discouraging outcomes is the only way you can truly lose. Commitment is absolutely everything. I think creating a body of work shows growth, skill and true artistry.
Q: How do you stay inspired?
A: I honestly have no idea! What's even going on?!
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity?
A: On my new record, "Make Believe," I went into the studio with three songs. The track for "Million Miles" was originally produced for another song I had written. It brought back times I try to forget, and I became sad. I didn't think it matched the vibe of the other tunes. I didn't think I would be able to bounce back and write a completely different melody and lyrics on top of the track at all. Then I ended up writing about that negative energy I was feeling and finding my way back. It's now my favorite song on the record.
Q: What have been the most challenging moments in your artistry thus far?
A: Trusting my gut, and having to remind myself that every time I have been brave enough to just jump, I've turned out just fine.
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: Sleep. I always have the weirdest dreams. I wake up, I run to the piano or a live Carole King performance.
Favorite band: Currently in LOVE with Ryn Weaver.
Favorite book: "The Alchemist"
Austin Gem: Terra Toys. I'm still 5 years old, I swear.