This week we want to introduce you to another great local artist from Germany. Philine Sonny of mightkillya dropped her debut single "Lose Yourself" in October 2021 and we definitely think that her musical future will be bright, so we hope with this Q&A we can contribute a small part to that.
How did your musical journey start?
Music played a big part in our family life. But actually my journey started in 5th grade where I had the chance to take drum lessons. I did that for some years, was part of the school choir, played in various school bands and teached myself to play guitar. I've been singing all my life. I guess the 20 versions of Singstar, which we had at home, help on that as well.
How would you define your sound?
Maybe something like modern 80s coming-of-age guitar music. But as many say, it's kind of hard to define that. What's funny is that sometimes I have to think about the music I make sounds a bit like something old white men would make, til I look into the mirror.
Through the process of "Lose Yourself" I figured out how I want to write my songs, that I can produce by myself and that I can trust my intuition about it. This song opened doors for me in so many ways. "Lose Yourself" is about Depression and feelings about loss of control.
Which artist or sound influenced you the most in your work?
I love the fact, how you can see Springsteens world view in his lyrics. I internalized a bit of his sober, realistic but still romantic state of view. Actually I try to learn from him, how to write honest lyrics when you have that kind of world view. when it comes to sound aesthetics I'm a big fan of "The War on Drugs"
How would you describe your creative process when it comes to making tracks?
When you face difficult situations are many various feelings involved. The interesting part is for me to connect different feelings with words. That might sound very analytical, but that's not true. It is somehow like when you talk to friends and try to explain a difficult situation for many hours. But this time you only have for example 3:30 minutes of a song. So it has to be on point! After that the sounds take place. To try many variations is easy, but overall it can get exhausting when you have to finish the producing part and of course mastering the whole project.
Which artist would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I would love to make songs with M. Byrd. Doing something with Thala would have a cool outcome as well. I have an eye on the current upcoming german Indie scene. But apart from that I would give up my super cheap flat, when I would get the chance to work with Sam Fender for that, and I'm not overacting!
Recently Philine Sonny took part in a live session for Germanys Diffus Magazine which you can watch below. Enjoy!