Love makes you crazy, but Iris's gorgeous spin on the adage makes for a hauntingly beautiful song. Her ethereal voice combined with sparse instrumentation is the perfect recipe. We talked to the up-and-coming artist about what's been inspiring her lately.
How did you get started in music?
Iris: Music is something that I involved myself in at a very early age. I knew early on that I wanted to sing, but I was very shy. I decided that if I ever wanted to do it professionally, then I would have to break out of my shell. I joined the choir and talent shows at school. I involved myself with anything locally that involved singing. In high school, I did musical theater and loved it, so I went to a musical theater and acting conservatory to refine my craft. I knew I wanted to be a recording artist, so I also worked with local producers in NJ and when I moved to LA, I networked and kept pushing to meet the best people that I really clicked with musically. I had a great band, Linus Young, for a few years - also produced by Malay, but unfortunately, we parted ways. I know that music is what I’m meant to do, so I kept writing and recording and it’s brought me to where I’m at today.
Tell me about your new song “Crazy” - what’s the story behind it?
Iris: "Crazy" is a song about how love doesn’t make sense. The thoughts that consume you and the things that you do seem out of character, but that’s what love can make you do. I want people to feel and remind themselves that love is powerful and beautiful, but it may not make sense to everyone else around you.
What’s your best way to deal with heartbreak?
Iris: I think you just have to remember that you're good enough and that everything happens for a reason. Spend time doing things you love and being around people you love.
What’s your writing process like?
Iris: It's different every time. Sometimes I'll have an idea ready, and other times it comes from a vibe from the music.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career?
Iris: I think that finding the right people to work with, that understood where I wanted to go, and who I wanted to be as an artist - that was challenging for a long time. A lot of times, people try to push you in directions that aren't for you, and you're not comfortable with it, so it's really sticking to what you believe in and who you are that helped me forge through that.
What’s your best piece of advice for young women?
Iris: Always believe in yourself, even if you feel like no one else does. There's always going to be someone that will see your vision, and you can build your dreams from there! Don't let someone tell you that you can't do something or be who you want to be because of whatever their feelings are about it. Always be true to yourself and be patient because I believe that good things happen to people who work hard, are consistent and don't let the word, "no", stop them from becoming who they were meant to be.