Written By: Jayme Face
You’ve probably heard Symon co-hosting radio show Hits 1 in Hollywood with Tony Fly and Michael Yo, her hit song “Say” and now you can listen to her latest single “I Never Do” out now!
upfrontNY: Can you tell us about your style of music and performance.
Symon: For sure! I would say the style of my music is definitely pop with a slight EDM, R&B vibe mixed in. I would say performing is by far my favorite part about being an artist. Obviously, creating of songs, the whole thing is amazing, but I would say 100 percent, hands down performing is my favorite part. I’m a connector and being able to connect with people in an audience like that, there is no feeling like that. I’m gearing up to do a bunch of shows when my EP comes out and we’re currently putting my live show together, but when I do perform it’s super fun, super interactive. It’s just a party!
upfrontNY: Tell us about your album and some of your latest tracks “I Never Do” and “No Way”.
Symon: Yeah, so in the last year a lot of changes in my life have happened. I’m from L.A. born and raised and it was always super easy living with my parents. You know, your mom doing your laundry and having home cooked meals all the time and coming home from traveling, but within the last year I decided to move out, it was time, so I moved out into West Hollywood. So many life changes have occurred, being on your own, being in your twenties, being a female in your twenties, it’s so difficult. People always tell you the twenties are the best, like no dude the twenties are horrible, they’re hard. You are coming into your own, you’re finding yourself, your place in the world, sexually, with friends, relationships, there’s so many things. And so what I pride myself on is always writing from my heart and being so true and authentic and that’s the kind of artist I always will be. Those two songs came from incidences in my life. “No Way” was literally about a date I went on with some guy and before even knowing my last name he just wanted to get in my pants. I went back home and wrote this song with my co-writer, Gino Barletta, and that came from that. “I Never Do” which I’m so excited about, is out right now, My single! I’m so excited! It was another incident I dealt with that we can all deal with. Like you’re with a guy and it seems perfect for you on paper, but when you’re with him you’re thinking about that other guy that may not be the perfect one for you, but he makes your heart feel something way more powerful. Everything is true, from my heart and that’s how I write.
upfrontNY: You recently had a single release party, how did that go?
Symon: I did have an amazing single release day. I happened to have had a show in Georgia the day the single came out. I had a show with Hey Violet and Chord Overstreet and we kind of just made it into my single release party, the station did. It was so awesome and I got to hear my song for the first time in Georgia and that was just crazy. What made it so amazing was all the new fans I got to meet and just fans in general, the people who showed up and that’s what it’s really about. It was a really incredible day and I’m just excited for the single to go to radio soon.
upfrontNY: Speaking of radio can you tell us about the radio show you co-host?
Symon: It’s so much fun! I co-host the show with two amazing people one being Tony Fly who is really a radio veteran, who has been in the game forever. The other is Michael Yo, he’s on “The Insider” and he’s a comedian and he’s just awesome. He’s totally the insider of celebrity gossip when he’s on the show. I’m kind of the artist counterpart which has been really amazing because I’m usually the one being interviewed, going into stations. The fact that I get to have this outlet in my life where I’m interviewing people and people that I admire such as incredible artists or actors or business execs; it’s just incredible. When the artists come in it’s cool because I know what they like to be asked and what they don’t like to be asked because I’m there. I’m experiencing the same thing on my end. So, it’s definitely an interesting experience. I’m learning a lot and it’s been really beautiful and I’ve made some incredible friends. I love it. It’s very cool.
upfrontNY: Since you have interviewed musicians on your radio show, who was a standout artist or a standout moment?
Symon: Yeah, I think interviewing and hosting Harry Styles’ debut album show hands down was the sickest moment. I mean I was like dying because I totally have a crush on Harry like no doubt. Who doesn’t?!
upfrontNY: What artists have inspired you as a musician?
Symon: Growing up my biggest inspirations have been Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga. Ultra-powerful, fearless women that just didn’t give f*ck about doing what they wanted and doing what they felt. I aspire to be the same way and moving forward in this next chapter. I just hope to grow more and more and be like them and not only their attitude but their music; it’s just iconic. Madonna was iconic. Like I said I look up to them musically, to them as people, but also their image is inspiring. Lady Gaga constantly reinventing herself, Madonna all of these women and having such a keen sense of style have made their careers which have made their brands so prominent. So, I truly look up to those women.
upfrontNY: You were also once in a band how is venturing into a solo career different? How was that transition?
Symon: The transition wasn’t easy because you’re used to people for so long and your creative process was writing with two other people. There were three voices in the mix in a session and that was just annoying because I never felt like I was heard. I never felt like I could write true to myself and as soon as I became a solo artist I always say my life was in black and white before and now it’s in color because I really got to be myself. That’s what I care about, being authentic and it’s just the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me.
upfrontNY: What do you like to do for fun?
Symon: I like to immerse myself in as much culture as possible. I was going to go to school for theology because I’m obsessed with religion and culture. I love going to foreign films or independent films. I love shopping, high end, low end; I love going to flea markets. I go to this flea market right by my house on Sundays, it’s so fun to find vintage glasses. I love stuff like that. I love hanging out with my friends. I’m obsessed with eating I’m a food-aholic. You know, the normal stuff.
UpfrontNY: You studied theology, how did you end up pursuing music?
Symon: No, I was going to go to school for theology. I got a scholarship somewhere, but I got signed to David Foster right at that moment, but you only have one shot and you can go back to school whenever. I was like sorry, that’s when I got signed to my first record deal with my band. I did not go to school, but I technically did have an education because I lived in Sweden and I learned how to be a musician and write with writers; that was my education.
UpfrontNY: Is there anything you would like to let our readers know?
Symon: Yeah, there is a lot more Symon coming your way! Check out the single and debut music video out on Vevo! You can stream on Apple Music and Spotify and you can buy it on iTunes. I also have a really cool feature coming out soon with an artist named London Future so get ready for that too!
Check out her newest single!
“I Never Do” (Explicit):