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Usually, home renovations aren’t something musicians can trace their roots back to, but Miss Grit is a little different.
Her dad tackling their family’s basement while “blasting his favorite bands” represent the first memories Miss Grit has of “being mesmerized by music in a way that made me want more.” Fast forward years later to a solemn January where you’d find Miss Grit’s Margaret Sohn in a dorm room with nothing more than musical notes and ideas floating around in her head. Ideas that would eventually lead to her debut EP, Talk Talk. And that is where we begin…
Kendra: That now infamous January is forever in your story. With that, if your life was written out what chapter would we find that month and how many pages do you think it’d be?
Miss Grit: Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. I think chapter 5 of 13, and would probably be like a thousand pages long.
Kendra: That month created a wonderfully done record where so much is touched on in a handful of songs; from love to social anxieties. Growing up in the ’90s and early ’00s, there wasn’t a lot of talk about mental health and anxiety in music. Today it’s a commonality. How do you feel that openness will help music fans from here on out?
Miss Grit: I think music has a really special purpose for anything mental health related. It can be used as an outlet, weapon, or memory for a lot of people that need to use it as such. It’s important to be open about mental illnesses when the lyricist feels comfortable sharing because it can let all those people using music as an aid to know they are not alone(as cliche as that sounds).
Kendra: In terms of love, you speak about the unrealistic ideas of it that reality and pop culture pimp, especially to women. That makes me instantly think of romantic comedies. Do you feel there is one RomCom that is possibly the worst for women and their idea of love that stands above the rest?
Miss Grit: Well growing up in the Team Jacob vs. Team Edward era in middle school probably makes me a little bias. But honestly a lot of movies are guilty of it.
Kendra: My fiance is a huge Tarantino fan. We have some art inspired by his films in our living room. So about “The Bride,” do you think you could ever do a full Tarantino-inspired record?
Miss Grit: I love all of his movies, but Kill Bill will always have a special place in my heart. I would love to make a record that takes place in the world of Kill Bill (or in the eyes of Uma Thurman for that matter).
Kendra: When you went over to Shanghai to study did you take anything you learned day to day and implement that into your creative process when you returned?
Miss Grit: I think I learned that it’s ok to take a break from music. And actually, it helped me creatively to take a break from music. I didn’t play any instruments or try to write at all in Shanghai. I definitely felt really anxious while taking that hiatus. However, in the end, it refreshed me and let me start writing again with a clear head.
Kendra: With the EP out, what’s next for you in the coming months?
Miss Grit: I’m trying my best to write more music. I feel a bit more pressure for my next releases. I feel good about a couple of things I’m going to be releasing this year though. Also, me and my band are hard at work preparing our live show for some soon to be announced performances.