Symon’s New EP is all about how f-ing hard your early 20s are
Symon is not just another 25-year-old musician on the rise. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she got her start in the game by being the lead singer in a now-defunct pop/rock band, The New Officials, who previously opened for Demi Lovato.
After parting ways, Symon decided to become a solo artist. Thanks to her raw energy and charisma, it’s no surprise that L.A.-based indie record label Artbeatz added her to their roster.
Although music is her main priority, this Gemini gal doubles as a radio host for Sirius XM’s Hits 1 Hollywood. We chat about her newest single “I Never Do,” her upcoming debut EP, and why pop stars rule.
Ah thank you so much! I am so excited to finally put this out. I feel very fortunate to work with a label that believes in my vision and trusts me. I was able to meet with many incredible directors and vibe with them. When I sat down with Alex Loucas [a.k.a.] “Grizz” I knew he got me. He understood my creative image and because of that, all my ideas came to fruition.
What are the ultimate signs that a guy is a fuccboi?
My 3 step guide to identifying a fuccboi would be:
1. Texting you at 1am to “hang out”
2. Inviting you to a table at a club with all his friends for date number 2
3. Posting a photo on a yacht that he can’t afford.
You also have “Say,” which is equally catchy and danceable! What made you want to create songs with an upbeat tempo as opposed to a track that’s a bit slower?
I have songs that will be slower on the album which show another side of me. The album that will come out is about all my ups and downs in this crazy yet beautiful time in my life. Your 20’s are hard! Actually, they’re really fucking hard, but beautiful too. So, you will definitely hear some slower tempos as well on the next part of the album, after this debut EP.
You count Madonna and Lady Gaga as your role models and musical influences. How did you discover their music and when did you realize that they made an impact on you?
I grew up being obsessed with pop music. I’ll never forget watching TRL as a kid seeing Britney Spears on there for the first time. My mind was blown from how she was just the ultimate pop princess with so many iconic pop records. I then did my research on who was writing those songs and became obsessed with the songwriters such as Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson.
Growing up, my mom would blast Madonna in our house and I was hooked. She would show me videos and photos of Madonna’s different fashion styles during each single or album, which led me to understand how important image was in being a great artist. She was just so badass and so inspiring. Lady Gaga is the same for me. When I first saw “Bad Romance” and saw what she brought into the record and into that video, I knew I was witnessing an icon being born for my generation. They are both incredibly talented and powerful artists. I strive to be like them.
Apart from being a solo artist, you are the co-host of Hits 1 Hollywood, where you interviewed super rad artists like Little Mix and Steve Aoki. What have you learned from interviewing people who are in the same industry as you?
I’ve learned so much from having the artist to artist perspective on the show. It’s very interesting to be an artist and then have role reversal in an interview. I think what’s so cool for me is that as an artist myself, I know what artists want to be asked and what not. I’ve also learned that I’m not alone. I’m not alone in the sense that the struggles I go through are the same ones that the biggest artists in the world go through. It’s been nothing but an incredible experience for me that I truly feel grateful for.
The last time we met, I remember that you told me that you were more of a tomboy than a girly girl. How did you develop your sense of style?
A big style influence in my life is my mom. She is so fabulous, but her style in the 90s is where I truly pull from! She would wear crop tops, tight light wash jeans, converse heeled kicks, with a Gucci backpack and some vintage frames. She definitely started my fashion palette. Gwen Stefani has had a huge impact on me music-wise and style/image-wise. Gwen has always been so sexy, but more tomboy, which I always tend to pull from. She’ll rock a white tank with some black straps with some dope cargo pants and look sexy as hell. Attitude is key.
If you had to pick one piece of your closet that describes you, what would it be?
My custom black bomber jacket designed by Stacey Joy. It has my name on the back in old English with one of my favorite symbols, an evil eye. Keep bad vibes away!
What advice do you have for girls who want to run the game like you?
I wouldn’t say that I’m running the game. I have a long way to go. But this past year, writing this album has been so therapeutic and has allowed me to discuss true feelings I had been dealing with. Things such as heartbreak, sexual experimentation, [being] scared to live on my own, eating Taco Bell at 3 am…my advice is to be real! Be real as fuck because there is nothing more admirable. I could have given up years ago on this dream to be a recording artist but I keep going and pushing and you have to trust yourself even when it seems lonely. When you start to trust yourself the real beauty begins.