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Artist Of The Week // UPSAHL

With a swaggering confidence and no-nonsense mentality, UPSAHL is the badass female role model that we can all benefit from in our lives.

UPSAHL 2020

There’s something extremely empowering and inspiring about women who don’t buy into distractions and falsities, and UPSAHL takes the throne with her self-assured confidence and alluring charisma. Releasing her sophomore EP Young Life Crisis, it sounds like she’s going through anything but a young life crisis, penning five tracks of acerbic and irresistibly hooking anthems that will put a fire in your walk.

It’s a collection of anthems to pump you up when you’re feeling unsure, inject some authenticity when you’re second-guessing your identity, and keep you on track to doing what’s best for you. MoneyOnMyMind details the hustling mindset to keep you focused on your goals, while People I Don’t Like cuts out the static of small talk and spits out feelings that we’ve all experienced but feel unable to say in an attempt to remain socially acceptable.

Between her fearless vocals and unashamedly honest lyricism, UPSAHL shows herself to be exactly what this world needs in a time of sugarcoated statements and fake niceness. She’s done with the surface-level compliments and small chat, and anyone who shares in her sentiment is invited to join the party in Young Life Crisis.

Blazing the path forward for more honesty and less bullshit, we spoke with UPSAHL further about her process in achieving this, and how she’s developed her firm belief in achieving her own goals.

What’s a motto you live by?

Don’t be so hard on yourself. 2020 has been a shitshow for us all, so I feel like I’ve had to learn to take the pressure off and not take life so seriously.

If your sound had a colour, what colour would it be?

Red all the wayyy. I don’t know why, but all of 2020 I’ve been feeling these red vibes. Maybe it’s because I’m angry at the world.. Haha who knows.

If you could set Young Life Crisis to a TV show or movie, what would it be the soundtrack for?

Alright hear me out, Schitt’s Creek – The Remix. Alexis and David are having a young life crisis the whole time, but trying to live their best life through it all, which is exactly the vibe of this EP. I also am just completely obsessed with that show – haha!

What did you learn from the producing process of your debut EP that you took with you into creating Young Life Crisis?

I feel like I had a much clearer idea of what I wanted my music to sound like going into this EP, so I was much more involved on the production end, making sure we got everything right, and I also learned how to record my own vocals for this EP, which was fun.

What are your fondest memories of recording the EP (besides having the finished product in your hand)?

I think the craziest thing to me about this EP is that it was all made over Zoom and recorded in my childhood bedroom in Phoenix. I wrote it coming from such a different headspace than I’ve ever been in my life, and I feel like you can hear that difference in the songs. My favorite memories from this process are the nights after making each of these songs. I would drive in circles in the middle of the night blasting the songs in my car.

What was the most unexpected surprise, whether pleasant or unpleasant, of creating the EP?

I didn’t realize this EP was literally my young life crisis on recording until it was finished. I think that was the biggest surprise for me – haha! The song, Young Life Crisis, was the last song we wrote for the EP, and that’s what gave me the clarity of what the whole EP meant for me. I accidentally narrated my young life crisis for the world to hear, just from writing songs every day in 2020.

There’s quite a confident mindset that dominates the EP, what helped you find/gain this confidence?

I think my biggest thing with confidence was just learning to fake it until you make it. Most days, I don’t feel as confident as I want to, but it’s all about a mindset. What you say to yourself, even if you don’t fully mean it in the beginning, will rub off on you eventually, making you actually believe it.

What advice would you give to someone struggling to find the inner strength to stay authentic?

If you aren’t obsessed with your life and owning your shit with every move you make, what’s the point? This is something I’m still trying to learn. At the end of the day, all we have is ourselves, so if we don’t feel authentic as fuck, we’ll never be fully happy, ya know?

What would be your fail-safe formula for getting through a young life crisis?

Tequila, sushi, a good support system, and crying. A lot of crying – ha!

And finally, slightly cliché but what does music mean to you?

Cliché answer, but it really means everything. Since I could remember, it was the only thing I ever wanted to do, so growing up, there was never another option for me in my head. The fact that I now get to do this as my job, and that I get to make music every day that people actually listen to is a dream come true.