Upcoming singer-songwriter Mystee has unveiled her latest summer single, “deep end”, which bends the genre lines & combines glittery guitar lines & soft vocals with punk influences.
“deep end” is a celebration of the strength that it takes to pull yourself out of hard times and come out stronger on the other side. Heavily influenced by her experiences with risk-taking in skate park culture, the song is something of a triumph over failing relationships and personal demons.
Mystee has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding the creative journey behind “deep end”, along with what the song means on a personal level. Check out the full interview below.
Hey Mystee, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Mystee: Hi and thanks for having me! I’m a singer-songwriter, originally from Boston, but I’ve spent most of my career in the UK. I’m now living in Colorado and working on my solo project, Mystee, after years spent fronting the bands’ Glass Jackets and Wyllows.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Mystee: I decided I needed to learn guitar when I was six years old and saw someone’s dad playing at my school. From then on, music was my whole life. I used to write songs in my head when I was playing the outfield on my childhood softball team, instead of paying attention. It was only natural that I became a songwriter.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Mystee: I would say my style is a mix of indie-pop and folk, with influences from classic rock. The core of my music is my knowledge of songwriting as a craft. It’s all about getting a great song and the rest comes after.
You are about to release the new single “deep end” on June 3rd. How did the idea for this song come together?
Mystee: “deep end” came about during my time in Boston over the pandemic. Music was cancelled and felt so far away that I had to find something else to live for. That’s when I really started park roller skating and learned to take risks again. This song was largely inspired by skatepark culture and learning how to fall and pick myself back up again.
Did you always plan to release “deep end” as a single?
Mystee: Yes. I think in today’s industry, singles seem to be the way to go when you’re getting a project off the ground.
How would you compare the creative process behind this song, compared to your earlier releases?
Mystee: “Deep end” was a really easy song to write. I was playing with my mom’s guitar when she went upstairs for like twenty minutes to get something and I just started hearing these chords that I liked. The lyrics kind of wrote themselves. I think it was something that just really wanted to come out because, by the time she came back, the song was finished.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Mystee: This song is a symbol of pulling myself out of one of the darkest times I’ve experienced in my life. It’s about personal strength and self-love. It’s proof that I can still take risks and land on my feet.
If listeners could take anything away from this song, what would you like it to be?
Mystee: Don’t be afraid of failing or falling. Take that risk you can’t stop thinking about because things will only change if you change something.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Mystee: Thank you so much for listening! I hope “deep end” can help to empower you!
You can check out “deep end” on Spotify below or via further platforms here.