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I first stumbled across Brooklyn-based Mothica when one of her tweets was RT'd into my timeline - which admittedly doesn't sound too romantic in the great book of musical discoveries, but this is 2014 after all. The tweet was funny. I like funny. This led me to her Soundcloud page, which led to this one song, which led to another, which led to another. I was trapped. It's all about her voice. I can't get enough. I needed to know more.

This conversation features cheetos, PeeWee's Big Adventure and Riff Raff. She's strange. I like strange. For more information on Mothica, head over to her Soundcloud page (her Instagram account is pretty great too).


How did you get started?

I went to a high school in Oklahoma that offered a classical guitar elective. I started learning arpeggios and chords and started singing to accompany my guitar. I posted covers of my favorite songs on YouTube. Last year I moved to Brooklyn and showed a friend my YouTube and he told me about Soundcloud, where I collaborated for the first time.

Where do you find inspiration?

I think being an only child has caused me to feel a bit more fatalistic and dramatic about my personal experiences, emphasising and minimising different emotions. Musically, I'm inspired by female multi-instrumentalists like Bjork, Lykke Li, Santigold, and Grimes.

What risk would you take if you knew you could not fail?

Pursuing music and putting yourself out there is a risk in itself. Failure is bound to happen, but it's irrelevant when it's something you love to do.

What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?

I wanted to host my own animal TV show growing up, so memories of camp at a small zoo back home are my happiest memories. My parents let me own a lot of bizarre pets growing up like a coati mundi, sugar gliders, snakes, a tarantula, lizards, rats, birds, ducks, squirrels, geckos, ferrets and more. I still get ridiculously excited when I see dogs out in New York. Animals are therapeutic.

When was the last time you tried something new?

Hot cheeto sushi. Just add hot cheetos to sushi. It's my own creation, and it's just as bad as it is good. I also just started experimenting with distortion gates and sidechaining in Ableton.

Whose life do you believe you’ve had the biggest impact on?

I'd like to think the most positive impact I've had is on my dogs, Bamboo and Voodoo.

What are you currently working on?

I just started school last week so my major (Web Coding) takes up most of my time but I work on my music in between classes. I have a song finished with Bear//face that hasn't been released yet, and we may do several more songs together!

What's the most challenging thing you've ever created?

Probably a song I wrote on piano in high school about being ran over by a drunk driver when I was fifteen. I often use that personal experience as a motif in my lyrics.

What is something you believe that almost nobody agrees with you on?

PeeWee's Big Adventure is one of the best contributions to cinematic history.

What's the next big step you feel you need to take in your career?

I want to release my first EP, perform live, and casually run into Riff Raff at a social gathering.