Introducing: Clever Songstress Raffaella

Tuesday 02 July 2019

With songs titled ‘NASA’s Fake’ and ‘Bruce Willis’, songstress Raffaella grabs your attention and makes you want more. Hailing from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Raffaella’s unique sound and charm sets her apart from other pop artists. After collaborating with the band Bråves, she has set herself on her own solo artist journey.

Raffaella has just released her newest song ‘Hell Yeah’ and will be on tour with Sigrid this fall. We had a chance to talk with Raffaella about everything ranging from creative influences to future goals, check it out!

Where do you find inspiration when writing?

Pretty much anything can inspire me. One time it was a recording of Candy Darling I heard at the Warhol Exhibit, another time it was a middle-aged Pakistani man fixing his patch of hair on the subway. Most of the time it’s a book or an album or a boy.

Who are your musical influences?

Regina Spektor, Billie Holiday, Lana Del Rey, Frank Ocean, Ezra Koeing…

How would you describe your sound?

Something like an ethereal/dreamy soundscape protected by barbed-wire-lyrics. Sonically, I hope it sounds like angel food cake; lyrically, I hope it reads like Anne Sexton’s reinvented fairytales.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you want to work with?

Jack Antonoff. I saw him at the airport once and bought a bright red neck pillow with a lobster attached to it so that if I ever meet him one day I can say I was the girl who sat across from him at JFK with a lobster on my neck. It’s a bit far fetched, but still a fun idea of a possibility.

How did you get into making music?

Both of my grandmothers are songwriters, so maybe it started off with my genes? I’ve been singing to strangers in public places since I could make noises, but I didn’t start creating my own music until high school. I wanted to get out of math class so I petitioned for an independent study – I worked it out so that I could replace pre-calc with writing songs inspired by Shakespeare sonnets & plays.

You’ve talked about being a fan of Sigrid, how does it feel now that you’re going on tour with her this fall?

It feels surreal. I’m stoked for the free concert tickets, big fan of hers.

What are your goals for the rest of the year?

I’d like to read more and scroll less. I’m also hoping to push myself to write as much as I can, be it in a journal or in a song. Oh, and maybe I should learn how to cook a meal for myself – I’ve gotten way too good at giving all of my money to delivery services.

Is there anything coming up that fans can look forward to?

I have a single release once a month for the next three months! ‘Balaclava’ comes out in July, ‘Ballerina’ in August, and ‘Fall’ in September.

Make sure to check out Raffaella new track Hell Yeah below!