The acclaimed singer-songwriter talks performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live and her two new EPs.
New week equals new music, and here with not one but two compelling EPs is indie-rock pioneer Meg Myers. Opening up with thunderous drums and crashing guitars, ”Thank U 4 Taking Me To 2 The Disco”, takes us through a range of transcending crunchy rock riffs and woozy alt-rock vocals. Leading into the second EP “I’d Like 2 Go Home Now”, Myers continues the alt-rock rhythms before dropping the tempo and putting heavy bass lines in the backseat. Exploring a more stripped-back sound, the singer taps into acoustic-style productions and weaves in her signature vocals.
Speaking on the release, the singer said, “The first EP was meant to acknowledge my healing journey through a very toxic relationship, and the second EP reflects the release and transition to self-respect and personal awakening.
With her third album brewing in the studio and set for release next year, we caught up with Myers talking, her Jimmy Kimmel Live performance, musical inspirations and what we can expect next.
Check out the interview below…
Hi Meg – how have you been during this uncertain time? How has it impacted your music and creativity?
Like a lot of people, I’ve been going through some heavy shit and deep introspection. I’ve written most of my third album and although there’s been a lockdown I’ve had some of the biggest emotional and creative breakthroughs of my life.
How did growing up in the South influence you sonically? Who are your musical heroes?
Although I only spent the early part of my life in the South I was greatly influenced by country music growing up, and particularly liked strong female singers like Dolly Parton, who wasn’t afraid to take charge of their artistic creativity and careers. My musical heroes are Enya, Sting, Tracy Chapman, NIN, Nirvana, Ludovico Einaudi, Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor and Bob Marley.
And how would you describe your genre?
Broken glass in gummy bears.
Where are the most unusual places you pull musical inspiration from?
Nature, spirit guides, intuitive perceptions of people’s emotional states. Fearlessly delving into my own dark emotional experiences to break from bondage and experience liberation.
Congratulations on your new single “I hope you cry” – what was it inspired by?
It was inspired by morgxn and my healing journey breaking free from life’s traumas by releasing pent up emotions.
And how did the collaboration with morgxn come about?
morgxn reached out to me, and when we met a creative process flowed out of our mutual reflections on pain, grief, and release.
Why do you think it’s an important song particularly at a time like this where people are feeling pent up and mental health may be taking a hit?
I believe by allowing yourself to truly feel your emotions you can release grief, regret, and rage in healthy positive ways rather than become self-destructive.
And you’ve got two EPs coming up: “Thank U 4 Taking Me To 2 The Disco” and “I’d Like 2 Go Home Now” – what separates them as bodies of work?
The first EP was meant to acknowledge my healing journey through a very toxic relationship, and the second EP reflects the release and transition to self-respect and personal awakening.
You had amazing success with your cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” – did you expect such a reaction?
Honestly, I had a premonition that the song was going to be a breakthrough for my career. When I had that realization I broke open emotionally with tears of joy and gratitude. A year later it hit number one at alternative and it was a beautiful confirmation from the universe.
You performed for Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this year – would you say that’s one of your biggest pinch-me moments?
In hindsight, it was amazing and a real honour. However, at the time, the pressure felt overwhelming because I was finally allowing myself to be in my body and feel again, rather than disassociating.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I hope my fans relate to my journey through the darkness to find their own healing paths to freedom.
What’s next for you? What are you looking forward to next year?
I’m currently working on my third album which will be released next year. I’m looking forward to more and more people doing the inner work necessary to reconnect with their true paths, inspirations, and passions, so that we can find harmony with our planet again.