Everything is Green: An Interview with philine

by - May 14, 2024

Photo courtesy of Satellite June

When philine writes a song, she invites everyone to spend a little time inside of her head.

Writing songs came naturally to her at a very early age. She remembers writing songs and turning them into full musical productions, performing them alongside her cousin in front of their families. She transitioned into writing songs in English when she was 11 years old, and when she was 16, she joined a songwriting competition that gained her a spot in the final 25.

“I had to write a song each week and was so thrilled that I experienced that I was actually able to do it,” she said. “That’s when I decided I wanted to become a professional songwriter.”

While she took piano lessons for about a year, she credits the music of John Mayer and Kacey Musgraves for influencing her style of songwriting. Her tender voice, delicate tunes and vivid lyrics grab the listener’s attention right away, but it is her wild imagination that really hooks and, ultimately, inspires. It is as if she is turning her feelings into real-life magic, letting her thoughts dance around in catchy melodies and shimmering chords.

The single “green” is the introduction to her upcoming EP, side-effects of living in a fantasy. It is a song that is meant to recognize the beauty that is all around. It isn’t so much ignoring the negativity of the world, but the power that can come from focusing on the good.

“I really wanted to start on a positive note,” she said. “For me, writing ‘green’ was such a turning point in life, personally but also creatively. I’ve only recently become more aware of what kind of power you hold with your words as an artist, and I really wanted to start with something calm, positive and hopeful.”

The songs on side-effects of living in a fantasy are such a deep dive into her imagination, but the creation process was a chance for her to drink in all there is to learn.

“I’ve learned, and am still learning, to trust my intuition,” she said. “Sometimes it’s hard to decipher fear from gut feeling, but I feel like during this process, creatively and personally, I am getting better at this.”

Getting just a little taste of what is inside philine’s head is an interesting mix of fantasy and reality. Translating her imagination into several minutes of instruments and lyrics is what makes her music so enticing, and her EP plans to connect people on an entirely new level.

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