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Sydne Strauss Talks New Song, Growing Up in Taiwan, and What's to Come

Sydne Strauss' "Upstairs" is out now!

By Meikhel PhilogenePublished about a year ago 6 min read
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With her single, “Upstairs,” out now, we took some time to hear more from Sydne Strauss. Read below to learn more about Sydne Strauss, the story behind her single, and what’s to come.

Hi Sydne Strauss! Let’s start with how did you get your artist name?

Well, my real name is Sydney Strauss. When I first created my Instagram, the handle, "@sydneystrauss," was taken. So, I decided to drop the "Y" at the end, and later on when I started releasing music and creating my artist profile, I thought it looked cool spelt out. It is a very slight change, but I think it adds an edge to it.

What city are you from and where are you based now?

I am from a very small town close to Kansas City called Peculiar, Missouri, and I am now based in Los Angeles.

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music? How did you get started?

Ever since I was little, I loved to sing, dance and perform for my family. I was about 7 years old when I started getting vocal training and performing on stage in musicals. My skills for songwriting started out with me writing poetry in first grade. My teacher was really impressed with the flow and rhyming in my poems which inspired me to create melodies with the words that I would write, and sooner or later, I started writing songs.

Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?

I spent a lot of my early childhood in Taiwan, which is where my mother is from. I started to embrace that cultural side of me in my music, specifically, in my song, "Upstairs," where I sing a phrase in Chinese to connect back to my roots. I was also classically trained for many years, so I have the ability to sing opera which I decided to sample and incorporate in my song, "She’s no Angel." I grew up listening to all different kinds of music such as early 2000s Pop, Punk Rock, Jazz, Rap, Country, Gospel, EDM, and many more. My versatile music taste definitely made an impact on my current sound, which can have a little bit of everything, but still goes together.

How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?

I would say it is very versatile. My earlier songs are more of me trying new things to figure out what my sound is. Now, it is very Electronic/Hyper Pop with a soft, euphoric ambiance.

Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?

I love being around nature. Something about being outside gives me so much inspiration. I love going on hikes, going to the beach, or just sitting alone with just me and my thoughts. I have always been very adventurous. I love getting lost and finding something new.

Who are some of your main musical influences?

As of right now, they would be Charlie XCX, MARINA, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Doja Cat, The Weeknd, and Katy Perry.

What are some of your future music career goals?

Well, I plan to build up both my Spotify profile and social media platforms, and to have enough songs for a line up and start performing live shows. I also hope to eventually be signed to a label and be able to make my music career my full-time job.

Now onto your release, “Upstairs.” What inspired this song?

This was my first time toplining a track. One day, my producer, Max Greene, played the instrumental that he had already made, and I really loved it. So, I got to work, and started tracking melodies and filling them with lyrics. This was the first time that I had ever made a love song, so it really pushed me out of my comfort zone to reach deep down to the more vulnerable side of me.

What is “Upstairs” about in your own words?

For me, "Upstairs" is kind of like a fairytale. Locking eyes with someone for the first time, running away to be alone with them, and then saying goodbye. It’s like Cinderella at the ball, but instead just seeing someone you like at a party and having that magical moment, but being pulled apart by reality or when the clock strikes 12 and the magic wears off. There is a darker meaning behind the song which I subtly bring up in the second verse. I think something a lot of people can relate to is feeling lonely and craving intimacy which causes us to be naive and romanticize situations that aren't what they seem. Depending on the listener's perspective, the story behind this song can also have a happy ending too. Overall, it mostly focuses on the in-the-moment feeling which is more positive.

What is your favorite lyric in “Upstairs” and why?

“Wo yao ni, come find me, you want me wo yao ni” is my favorite lyric. Wo yao ni is Chinese for “I want you,” so it fits in perfectly with the phrase and rhymes too.

What message do you hope fans take away from your music and from “Upstairs?”

To go for what you want. The best part about meeting a stranger is that you get a fresh start. You get to be whoever you want to be with them. Chase after your fairy tales even if they don't last forever - you learn from the experience and enjoy the moment.

What’s one of your proudest moments of your music career so far?

Seeing all the attention "Upstairs" has been gaining. Before this release, I never saw any of my songs get much press or playlists, but this song so far is my biggest hit, and I am so excited to see where it goes. "Upstairs," so far has been added to over 50 playlists and multiple reviews have come out about it which makes me very proud.

What would you say are the greatest lessons you’ve learned so far?

The greatest lessons that I have learned are to not allow what is considered “normal” or “popular” to turn me into something that I am not. Being from a small town, most people go to college, get married, have a family, and never leave. That life always seemed like complete h*ll to me. I was always considered weird in school because of my ambitions, but I learned to not care. I would much rather have been made fun of, then end up doing something that I hate. I also learned that it's much better to prove people wrong than to fight back. Success is the best form of revenge, but the best part is that by then, those people don't even cross your mind. I have learned to not resent people that do me wrong, and instead be grateful for building my character and inspiring me to keep pushing.

What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects, or do you have any upcoming shows that we should be on the lookout for?

I just released a new single, "RUN," which is my final single to conclude 2022. Next year, I will be continuing to release as much as possible.

Where can we follow you on social media?

Before you go, let's ask you something random. What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is Perfect Blue.

Thank you for the great interview; wish you much continued success!

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