Who is August? How would you describe yourself in a nutshell?
I would describe myself as a bad bitch with an affinity for Takis. I also collect watches.
Where are you originally from? Tell us about your hometown.
I'm from LA. I lived in Hollywood until I was five or so and then my mom, stepdad, and I moved to the valley. Since then, I've moved about five or six times mostly through North Hollywood and Burbank. That said, I don't really identify with one part of LA over another. The first high school I went to was in Culver City, my first job was in Canoga Park, and I've been going to school in Downtown for the past year so I feel like I've been pretty immersed in several different corners of the city.
Tell us the story on how music got started for you?
It was mandatory to audition for choir at my school and I got picked. Had it not been for that, it probably would have taken me a lot longer to get into music, if ever. That said, my parents are musical people but when I was little I definitely thought I'd be an archeologist before becoming a musician.
What can we expect from the upcoming release of your EP?
The upcoming release is definitely a departure from anything I've put out before. All of the drums are programmed so it definitely has a more modern sound than the "Ghost" EP, but it's still a bunch of sad ballades so it's not that different haha.
Is there a particular artist you’re inspired by when it comes to your music?
Musically, my inspiration is all over the place. As far as production is concerned, I'm really into late 70s/early 80s dance music so like, Patrice Rushen, Donna Summer, and Evelyn "Champagne" King. Aside from that, I'm also a huge fan of Eydie Gormé, especially her collaborations with Los Panchos. She had a flawless voice so she's definitely someone I constantly find myself trying to emulate when I sing.
What is your proudest moment in your career so far?
Being that I'm heavily involved in the production of my music videos, I always feel a little proud of myself after they're done. Granted, there's about 1,000 things I always feel like I could've improved upon but it's been a really great learning process for me. I wrote, directed, and cast both of the videos that are out now, and for the latest one I also did hair and makeup which made for a very stressful shoot if I'm being honest.
What experience has most shaped you?
I definitely feel like my background has played a huge role in who I am and how I view things. There's nothing homogeneous or typical about how I was brought up. My parents are from two different cultures and being that they've been separated my whole life, I've experienced both of them in completely different ways. Even financially, I've experienced such ups and downs; there were times when my family was really well off and then times when my mom and my brother were sharing a bedroom. There's definitely a lack of foundation there that makes me feel really insecure at times, but I'm starting to appreciate it as my biggest asset. It's given me the skill set to hang and adapt.
Any upcoming projects that will get your fans excited?
I'm working on an EP and a mixtape with Cowboy Lansky. He's a stupid talented producer and engineer who I've known my whole life so I'm really excited to finally release some of the stuff we've been working on.
Definitely to direct a feature film.
What are you reading?
To be honest, I really don't have the attention span to read anymore however, the last thing I did read was "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and it's a book about the American funeral industry. Highly recommend!
What keeps you busy aside from music?
I love doing makeup as a hobby. I've also just got back into dancing after about a year off so eventually I'd like to incorporate that into what I do musically as well.
Currently binge watching?
Nothing at the moment but I have been keeping up with RuPaul's Drag Race this season so I've been pretty invested in that. I've been a fan of Valentina since she started not too long ago so I'm definitely rooting for her.
Any advice you can give to aspiring musicians out there?
When pursuing something like music, you really have to work hard to get anywhere. I will say that aside from practicing and hustling, confidence is a really important tool in music and life. Nobody believes in me as much as I believe in myself and that feeling has done nothing but encourage me to work harder and propel me forward.
If you will be given the chance and opportunity to help a specific charity, what would it be and why?
This isn't exactly a charity however, my friend Doris Muñoz started a benefit called Solidarity for Sanctuary which raises funds to cover legal fees for undocumented families at risk of deportation. I think that now more than ever its so important to be doing this kind of activism and I find Doris so inspiring. I actually met her because she reached out to me about playing one of her benefits so I feel really honored to help the cause in some small way.