Olivia Tindall | March 7, 2022
Rising singer/songwriter, and daughter of Brooke Burke, Neriah Fisher, will be releasing two new singles "You Won't Forget About me, Right?" and "At Least I'm Good at It" this year.
HAZZE MEDIA's Olivia Tindall asked Neriah questions about how she got started as an artist, and her creative process behind writing her newest singles as well as her older ones.
O: “Hello! Thank you so much for doing this interview. Tell us about your journey as a singer / songwriter. How did it all begin for you?”
N: "Of course, thank you so much for supporting me! Music has always been the love of my life. I wrote my first song when I was five years old. I remember my dad made a painting with a Wishing-well and at five years old I wrote a song about the painting. My dad hadt it professionally recorded and its still one of my favorite songs to listen back to. From then on, music became therapy for me and got me through so many challenging times in life. I truly don’t know what I would do without it. I make songs for myself to get through things and my wish is to be able to help others find their rhythm through my music."
O: “You'll be releasing EP’s soon— ‘You Won’t Forget About Me’ and ‘At Least I’m Good at It’. What was the inspiration behind writing these two songs which will be on the EP?”
N: "Yes I am so excited. It will be my debut EP! These are two of my favorite songs I’ve ever written. The whole EP just shows the array of emotions through the patterns and flows of relationships. "You Won’t Forget About Me" it’s about hoping that even after something ends, love still remembers you and thinks about you sometimes and "at least I’m good at it" is the more toxic side of the feeling when you know you keep going back to an ex that isn’t good for you. The songs I have both completely different meanings but are so honest. They are both songs you will love to scream in your car."
O: “What was the artistic vision behind the music video that will accompany the release of ‘You Won’t Forget About Me’?”
N: "For the first single of my debut EP I actually decided to direct my own vision. I edited it myself along with a lot of the other ones for the EP. I am super excited to share. When we did the photo shoot for the cover we decided to shoot behind the scenes and it ended up being a very cool element of the story of the song. The visualizer makes the song so much better for me."
O: “What is your typical creative process behind songwriting? What drives you?”
N: "When it comes to song writing I think I have a many different ways in which I do it. I’ve tried many different forms and I love them all. But the drive is definitely real life experiences. Every single song I write is drawn from something I personally went through. Every song I release is an experience I actually entered. That’s why the music is so special to me. Writing and even performing each and every song helps me move through my experiences and growth, because it reminds me of what I went through. I love writing songs to help me get out of bad experiences or feelings that I had."
O: “What do you want fans to take away from the music video for ‘You Won’t Forget About Me’?”
N: "From the music video and the whole EP itself, I want fans to take away that they are not alone. Everyone goes through similar life experiences. Regarding relationships, I think my music has a lot of messages that people can relate to. Whether you’re heartbroken or in love I think there are very similar universal feelings that connect people. We all know what it’s like to miss someone and we also all know what it’s like to be with someone that you don’t want to lose. I hope people listen to the EP from to back and understand what I went through by relating it to their own experiences."
O: “Do you have a favorite line from your new single ‘Want You Back’ and if so, why?”
N: "That song is still one of my favorites. It just reached 100,000 streams which was awesome! I remember writing that song acoustically on my guitar a few years ago in my college apartment. My favorite line from that song is definitely “I’m afraid if I leave you and I can’t get you back”! I think that’s why we named the song after it. To me that song was when I was in a place of not knowing if I still wanted to be with a person but also being scared that if I left I might still want them back and not be able to have them."
O: “How would you compare your older releases like ‘Loner’ and ‘Jumprope’ to your newer projects like ‘You Won’t Forget About Me’ and ‘At Least I’m Good at It’?”
N: "Those were two of my first songs I released. Since the songs have come out I’ve written hundreds of songs. I love both of those because to me they are part of the initial project that helped me realize what my sound was as an artist. This new EP is definitely a new sound and I think the story shares a deeper expression of why heart, which is something that I really prioritize in my music. And even after the EP, I have so many singles and an album lined up that will continue to show honest, vulnerable art and expression as an artist."
O: “What was the first song you’ve ever written? What was it about?”
N: "The first thing I ever wrote was called wishing well! I was 5 and it was based off of a painting my dad painted and hung in my room. I keep wanting to sample it or put it on my album because it definitely started my journey of songwriting. It is so fun to look back at all composition notebooks from my childhood that I wrote my first song in."
O: “To someone who hasn’t heard your music before, what do you hope new listeners would take away from it?”
N: "I hope people can see how vulnerable and honest I will always get. I really want to create a bond with my audience so we can all share similar experiences and be there for each other. I want people to know that they are not alone."
Q: “What is one thing you learned along your journey as an artist?”
N: "I learned a lot of new things about myself. It is crazy how much I learned how to write myself out of situations. songwriting really became my therapy. I also learned to never give up. consistency and patience is so important, I don’t know where I would be without it."