Hey babes xo This week we had the honor of chatting with the amazing artists of the Pop Dot Come Coast 2 Coast Tour.
We spoke with Sabby Sousa, Holliday Howe, moistbreezy and RYL0 on tour life, performing live and all things music + life.
Check it out below and if you're in NYC, Chicago or LA be sure to grab your tickets for their shows- it's going to be epic! <3
1) How do you feel about your upcoming shows? Are you excited to be live in front of folks again?!
Sabby Sousa: I am sooo excited! First time performing in these cities too so it will definitely be a treat.
Holliday Howe: I'm so excited but there is still a lot to do in the coming days to prep for them!!! I'm excited to get back into doing live shows after over 2 years away from it... it'll be nice to just dance with people again!
moistbreezy: I'm super excited to be performing again! I had taken a break from performing live for a few months to work on new music, and will be performing some of my new songs at these shows. Really excited to see how people react to the new material!
RYL0: Since things opened up in Los Angeles in June 2021, I've been lucky enough to be booked pretty consistently since the summer. My first RYL0 live set was actually in July and things have been growing super quickly for me since. As for these upcoming shows, I'm so excited to be playing in NY and CHI. I'm based in LA so I feel a bit more in my element about that show since it's always fun having the friends that I interact with on a daily basis see me perform. NY will be fun too since I'm originally from NJ! My parents will be there in addition to a handful of my hometown friends. Since the new year, I haven't done any IRL performances yet so I am a little nervous to jump back into it at this scale, but I'm more excited to be traveling with a group with such great energy.
2) What's your favorite part of performing your music live?
Sabby Sousa: I love the feeling of being on stage. It’s when your art truly comes to life. You have control to be whoever you want to be and putting on a killer show makes me feel on top of the world.
Holliday Howe: The crowd usually!!! When people are enjoying what you're doing it's infectious and the atmosphere can be addictive. I love seeing which songs pop off and it's always fun to see who responds to what. I also love playing dress up and getting glammed for shows so that'll be something i look forward to as well!
moistbreezy: I do so much of the work for my project alone, so live shows allow me to connect with my listeners. It makes it all actually feel "real." It's that connection that drew me to music in the first place. The sense of community you get from live music environments. I also find performing live to feel very cathartic.
RYL0: Once I get on a stage and I hear my own tracks, it honestly feels like I'm performing in my bedroom. I spend so much time in the ideation and creation process of getting my music together (and then again to get it performance ready) that by the time I actually get up on the stage to perform, it all feels very second-nature. I do get really anxious in the hours that lead up to a performance but I'm most comfortable when I can feed off of a crowd– regardless of whether or not the audience has ever heard of me or my music before. Seeing how my music can move others and being able to make a connection with an audience is probably my favorite part of a live set.
3) When did you start making music?
Sabby Sousa: I started releasing music in 2016!
Holliday Howe: Oh god... it's hard to pinpoint. I started trying to produce PC music style stuff in 2015 and to me, that's when stuff started getting serious and more formal. However, I used to upload my songs onto youtube and play them at school assemblies too from the age of 12 and my favourite past-time as a child was making up random "endless" "songs" with no structure so it's hard to say really when it all began!
moistbreezy: I've had this project in some form for about 7-8 years. I started seriously learning how to produce in 2014!
RYL0: I started putting out music in Feb 2019, but the music I was making then sounded extremely different and was just a totally different vibe. I've always prioritized making music I wanted to hear and creating songs that I wish I could listen to, but back then my influences and tastes were a bit more skewed in the experimental, ethereal dream pop landscape. Now my main goal is make danceable pop bangers with as much depth and emotional range as possible and that's kept the work super exciting and free flowing.
4) Who would be your dream act to open for?
Sabby Sousa: Doja Cat <3
Holliday Howe: Rina Sawayama - hands down. Also Kylie Minogue or The Spice Girls - just to make my 4 year old self's dreams come true.
moistbreezy: Lady Gaga for sure
RYL0: For the longest time, my answer was Charli XCX since she's an artist who holds a lot of influence over my sound and style. Lately, I've been manifesting opening for other black artists existing somewhere on the pop spectrum because I think that camaraderie amongst black women in the music industry is important. On the most heightened scale, Doja Cat would be a dream for obvious reasons. I also think that we would just have a lot of fun. Tinashe would also be amazing because she's also independent and is such a versatile and innovative artist/performer in general. I would also love the opportunity to open for Rico Nasty... I think there's a definite overlap between our target listeners so the energy of that show would be absolutely incredible. But also if Charli ever liked my music enough for me to be her opener, I would still do that in a heartbeat.
5) What advice do you have for other young women in the music industry?
Sabby Sousa: Work hard and play harder. Staying creative is so important as artists. There’s so many elements that connect to making the music special and if you find yourself constantly creating you will never lose your work ethic and motivation.
Holliday Howe: Learn to do the technical stuff for yourself - you save money and can then use your production skills to work for other people. Production and producing electronic music still very much feels like a "boys club" but break down that gate!!! Being self-sufficient in this business is more important than anything
moistbreezy: I think for young women specifically, don't be afraid to assert yourself and stand your ground and be confident about your art. I think that's really important for women working in male-dominated spaces. Don't wait for others to give you "permission" to go after what it is you want, you have to just go for it 100% and eventually people will see you doing the work and catch on. But in the early days especially, people may question or doubt you and it's important to not let that get to you because no one else can truly see your potential except for yourself!
RYL0: It's hard because I don't fully feel like I'm in a position to give advice about the industry yet. Even though I've been actively putting out music since 2019, I'm just starting to break into the industry-nature of it all so I'm definitely still learning as I go. The past year has moved simultaneously very quickly and extremely slowly, and based on what I've experienced thus far, that kind of seems like how things go. I would say the most valuable thing I've learned only recently has been to work as much as I can while also being patient with myself and with the reception of my work. Setting a lot of mini-goals on my path to the bigger accomplishments helps me feel productive and gives the smaller, more tedious aspects of being an artist more value. Also, as a general rule of thumb I will always suggest leading with kindness when interacting with others and meeting new people! Being kind is the main reason I'm beginning to break into the industry now and I'm really proud of that.
Follow the artists below!!!
Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/sabby-sousa/1167011076
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sabbysousa/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/sabbysousa
Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/moistbreezy/1067013465
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/moistbreezy/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/moistbreezy