You better do what Symon says
Director: Michael St. Michael @michaelstmichael
Photographer: Jeffrey Moustache @jmoustache
Makeup: Ashley Donovan @ashleydonovan
Hair: Hailey Adickes @haileyadks
Stylist: Alexander Shera @alexandersherastyle
Interview: Dylan Rubinstein @dylanjader
Prune: You’ve been a performer for a majority of your life. Talk to me about the journey to get where you are today.
Symon: I grew up in LA, and obviously this is the hub of the industry. Since I was a kid, it was the only thing that made me truly happy and made me feel something. School was always hard for me and when I got into my first music class, that became my escape. I knew that I wanted to make music my reality. My first CD was Britney (Spears) and I was obsessed with those songs. I was obsessed with the writing of the songs. What is crazy and full circle is later in my life I lived in Sweden and worked with those writers. They’re the best writers in the world. When I was 16, I started a pop-rock band in my garage that ended up being on the Disney Channel, and we had great opportunities that came along. Now it’s crazy to think that I’ve been signed to Sony as a solo artist and I had a song that was top 50 in pop radio this year. It’s just beyond what I thought.
Prune: How did growing up in LA come at an advantage when trying to break into the industry?
Symon: The fact that you hear stories about kids who love the business so much that their families have to move or it splits their parents up – it’s very fortunate that I was already here. My parents wanted me to not be in it, they loved that I loved this so much, but they didn’t want me to be hurt. That was their fear, because it’s such a difficult business. At the end of the day, they saw that was the only thing I wanted and they were fully supportive, and always have been. I got to train in the best acting studios in LA and the best vocal coaches, because it was close.
Prune: Your current single is titled “No Way (I’m F**king You).” Talk to me about this song.
Symon: I feel like this is a time right now where women need to ban together, stick up for each other, and speak our minds. That is how I was raised. Sometimes I say too much, but I am who I am. I think that is what people respect about me, that I do express myself so easily. People take advantage of people so easily, and I had a situation where a guy literally just wanted to have sex with me – didn’t even want to know my name – and it’s ridiculous that people think you’re just some girl out in LA. No. There is so much more to me, there is so much more to all of us. I was going to speak up. I’m going to fuck you when I wanted to fuck you. I’m going to do things on my terms. I think everyone in this world should be that way.
Prune: Your debut EP is on its way. Tell me about the music to come.
Symon: I’ve been working on my debut EP for the last ten months, and it’s going to be coming out soon. It is a body of music that I am so proud of. I’m in my 20s, I’m dealing with dating, relationships, heartbreaks, and so many ups and downs. It’s just me being candid and being me. It’s raw and everything coming from these real-life changes. My next single comes out July 7th with my first debut music video. I can’t believe I’m at this point, it’s very very exciting.
Prune: Your sound is not comparable to other current artists. How do you take your unique approach at pop and use it to your advantage?
Symon: There are so many incredible artists out there, so many incredible pop girls currently. You have to find a way to break through and stand out. I’m just being me, and that is all I can do.
Prune: As your fan base grows, what is it like to have more and more people discovering and enjoying your music?
Symon: It’s kind of crazy. I was in Vegas for the Billboard Awards and me being there was wild. My roommate went to dinner with some friends from high school she hadn’t seen in years, who happened to be in Vegas that weekend, and she was telling them that I was her roommate. They were like, “wait? Symon like Say Symon?” That is crazy for me. I’m just at the beginning right now. I’m still climbing and have a long way to go, and a lot to accomplish, but I have to stop and say this is pretty awesome that I’m even at this point and have the upmost gratitude.
Prune: What current artist are you a die-hard fan of?
Symon: I am obsessed with Lady Gaga. Nothing comes between me and Gaga. I adore her creatively, I adore her as a person, I love how she treats her fans. I think she’s such a visionary, and I love how she doesn’t give two shits. She does what she feels.
Prune: In your early career, you toured with Demi Lovato. What is it like to learn from someone so talented?
Symon: When I was in my band, that was a really cool opportunity we had. It pushes you. I admire her and her work ethic, and pray to have that success. It’s cool to watch her in her element.
Prune: You’re also a host at Sirius XM. Talk to me about that aspect of your career.
Symon: It’s been so crazy. I never had been in broadcast in my life. The way I got this was insane, and I am so grateful for Sirius XM Hits 1 for believing in me to put me on the primetime afternoon show. It is the sickest thing ever. I’m the artist to artist on the show. What’s crazy is all of these people have become my friends now because we’re all at the same events as artists, and it’s cool to have the relationship where they’re on my show. It’s so cool and I absolutely love it. I’m good at talking and never shut up so it’s great.
Prune: What are your future goals as an artist?
Symon: Create really good music that inspires people and inspires me. I want to be happy. I want to be on some incredible tours and win some dope ass awards. I want to have my own fashion line, I’m really big with fashion, and I’d love to be in films. I want to have the big career I’ve always dreamt of having.
Prune: Let’s talk fashion. Talk to me about your day to day style, and the importance of fashion in your life.
Symon: I’m super influenced by high end things like Yves Saint Laurent or high end street brands, and then I love mixing and matching. I also love a good find at Forever 21, it’s all about a good eye.
Prune: Time to fashion prune. What current trend would you like to eliminate?
Symon: Instagram blogger girl makeup. Over accessorized blogger content pisses me off.
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