Autrey perceives a dream pop world where the young are bored, lonely, and restless.
Hailing from Midland, Texas, Autrey defies genre stereotypes and delivers a fierce, independent sound reminiscent of indietronica artists, Lorde, Chet Faker, and Marian Hill. With lyrical battle cries and carefree vibes, Autrey’s music paints an aural picture of what it means to be a girl trapped in the conflicted, wild bonds of youth.
With the release of Autrey’s debut EP, Chemical Lonely, a week away, I contacted her about participating in an interview and found that besides being a brilliant songwriter and vocalist, Autrey’s a vivid personality with bright pink hair, a deep love for Cookout, SpongeBob, and adventuring. Her profound insight on the conditions of modern youth and objectifying of women have challenged my own thinking.
In this exclusive interview for Pursue Magazine, Autrey shares an inside look at the music industry and her journey from bedroom songwriter to rising star.
Tell us about your music career.
I’ve always known that I wanted music to be a significant part of my life. I’ve written songs since I was about 12, when I learned my first guitar chords. Coming from a smaller town it’s hard to hold on to hope that you can break out and actually chase big dreams. For the longest time I kept my music to myself, and I told myself a career was impossible. It’s kind of funny how things have turned out. As soon as I gave myself a chance, other people backed me up which was the most amazing thing. I was then admitted to study songwriting and music business, and was given the opportunity to record my EP, Chemical Lonely. Right now I am preparing to release the EP and working on writing new music!
How are you breaking into the music scene?
I personally feel like I’m breaking into the music scene through my portrayal of youth and seeing the world through the eyes of someone who has no idea what is going on yet, but continues to live, learn, and go with it.
What are your future goals as a musician?
To relate to the people that listen to me. I grew up shy, and music has given me a voice that I can embrace. Whether we relate based on a feeling or experience I portray in a song, I would love to put my voice out there and bring people together.
Besides music, what else do you like to do? Favorite things?
I could go on forever. I typically have a new hobby every week, but recently I have gotten into Krav Maga. It’s a self-defense that I think is pretty cool because after each class I walk around like I can take everyone (even though I just trip over the mats half the time)! I also love acting. It reminds me of pretending like kids do; it gives you the chance to be an entirely different person, and I’ve always thought that was so amazing.
Do you have any advice you’d like to give those pursuing their dreams?
Do not give up on yourself. There are plenty of other people who will tell you that you can’t do it, but don’t be one of them. Venture out, go above and beyond people’s expectations, and work every day at your craft. Understand that it is okay to be uncertain about where you’re leading yourself, but that is what makes life interesting.
What should we be anticipating from you?
My EP, Chemical Lonely is out on June 29! I am so incredibly excited to share it. This is my first work to be released onto iTunes, Spotify, and just about anywhere you can download music. You can follow my Instagram or Twitter account @autreyofficial for updates!
Download Chemical Lonely June 29!
You can find Autrey on social media @autreyofficial.
Caroline George – Column: Music
Caroline George published her debut series, The Prime Way Program, at age fifteen. Since publishing, she has been nominated twice for the Georgia Author of the Year Award, gained readership worldwide, and has spoken at various libraries, schools, tradeshows, and coffeehouses. Caroline grew up in Georgia but now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She spends most of her time writing, eating too much sushi, playing guitar, and spreading her passion for young authors throughout her community.