New York has always been known for its vibrant music scene, but SEE is the most striking we’ve seen in a long time to come out of the Big Apple. Her music videos are famous in the LGBT+ community for their themes and have accumulated millions of views, although her latest has raised a few eyebrows for featuring a giant pink monster. We spoke to the singer-songwriter about THAT video, her unique look and influences on her music.
We just shared the video for ‘Green Line Killer’ and we love it! But can you tell us what the hell is going on in the video?
Thank you!! Honestly, I was just looking to create something really crazy and weird. I think everyone keeps trying to read into it and are trying to find some sort of deep meaning but it’s just supposed to be silly and make people laugh. Having the word “killer” in a song was too good an opportunity not to do something scary/horror related, so the monster was born. But given that, the song is still fun and upbeat so it had to be cute and fun. It’s been cool hearing everyone’s interpretations of what is going on though.
Your music videos are a staple of the LGBT+ online community. How do you feel about that?
I’m really happy that the community has been connecting with them! When I was growing up there was basically no content for LGBT+ people, and I think it made figuring out who we were a lot harder. But there has been such a surge in the past year or two and I’m stoked to be a part of it. We’re finally getting our time.
Do you have much creative control over the videos for your songs?
Yeah! Like a lot of artists, I’m a control freak, so every step of the creative side of the videos I’ve been deeply involved in. I’m lucky to be on a super supportive label, and they have been very trusting in my vision thus far and nothing has been forced upon me. I think the best art comes out when people are allowed to do what they want. I’ve been working on treatments for some new videos, and creatively it’s been a new medium for me, but it’s been so fucking cool and an amazing learning process.
Your eyes are incredibly striking with those contacts. What inspired you to include them in your overall look?
Thank you! I really wanted something that looked different. As I got a bit older, I think I lost the slightly goth and weird side of me because I got super into beauty makeup and got sick of dying my hair crazy colours. This was my way of bringing that back. I think there are a lot of artists in my lane who are following the LA alt-goth look, which honestly looks great, but I felt like I didn’t feel comfortable looking like everyone else. I look up to artists who push the boundaries a bit, hopefully I can be included with those artists in the future.
Are you excited for your US tour this April? And is there any chance we’ll be seeing you in the UK anytime soon?
Yeah, I’m super excited! I’ve never been on the road before, so I’m sure I’ll be learning a lot and having a ton of new experiences. I’ve also gotten word that I’m going to be touring in May and June in the US as well. I would absolutely LOVE to come to the UK soon. I’m sure it’ll happen eventually once the right opportunity arises.
What’s your favourite part about performing live?
There are certain songs in my set where I feel like I can lose myself in them. And there are these moments where I get into this trance but all of this energy gets released and it’s addicting. The other most amazing thing is watching and hearing people sing your songs with you. It’s one of those things that I doubt will ever get old!
Is there anyone on the New York music scene we should be keeping an eye on?
I’m friends with guys in a band called Fox Hollow and I’m convinced they’re gonna be doing some great things in the next year or two. Their lead singer is one of the most natural performers I’ve seen, and he does this amazing gender-bending act on stage. Really different. I’ve also been producing an EP for an amazing folk/pop singer named Kirsten Maxwell and her songs really hit you hard emotionally and I think she’s on the verge of getting huge. There are so many amazing people in NY though, it’s tough to only talk about a few.
Are there any artists who have had a major influence on your current music style?
I would say there are bits and pieces of artists that I’ve taken with me over the years. Moving Mountains, As Tall As Lions, Radiohead, The Killers, Marina and The Diamonds. A bunch more, but those few are coming to mind right now.
Have you got much going on for the rest of this year?
Yeah! I have a bunch of new songs and am planning out the next few singles and music videos, the first of which will be coming out early summer if everything goes as planned. And more touring! All summer long I’ll be doing shows, and hopefully touring even more going into fall and winter.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you guys for having me! All of my socials are @eyespysee <3