Freelance Profile: Toronto-based Alt-Pop Recording Artist QUIETLOVE

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Tell us about your career, including your story, where you’re from and how you got started?
I’ve been a music fan for as long as I can remember, honestly. Getting a used acoustic guitar for my 10th birthday and becoming obsessed with music came very naturally to me. I used to make those awful instrumental demos on my computer and sell them on burned CD-Rs over lunch in college. From MySpace to TikTok, it’s always been a chore, and I love every second of it.

How did you find the name of your band?
I sat on the name QUIETLOVE for literally years – I originally came up with the idea in 2015. It was always on my mind as I knew I wanted to start a solo project at some point, but the time never seemed right to me. Fast forward to early 2021, locked in my room due to the pandemic – the timing was perfect.

Do you have recorded music available for fans?
Yes! If you search QUIETLOVE on any streaming platform (i.e. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc.), you will find my first 2 singles, as well as ‘Selfies’ (my latest single).

How would you describe your music?
I tend to do heartbreaking bops. Songs for all occasions, really.

What sets your band or your music apart from others?
I self-produce all my music, and I think in a way that really helped me create my own sound in an authentic way. I think if I had taken my songs to a producer, it wouldn’t be completely like me.

What do you enjoy doing outside of music that contributes to your music?
I like to run, it keeps my mind quiet. The exercise in general really helped me along with the writing/production process. Sometimes you get stuck in a rut, and letting that energy out and getting back to what you were working on has done wonders for me.

Name your two biggest musical influences, and why?
I really admire so many amazing new and old artists – but the ones I discovered producing their own records have recently been a big inspiration to me. Artists like NERD, Charlie Puth, Jon Bellion, FINNEAS, Russ and many more have shown me that it’s possible to record a hit record in your bedroom.

Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or subjects of most of your songs?
I usually write all my songs myself, but I love collaborating with songwriters/industry friends when I can. Collaboration is really important for your growth as a songwriter and artist!

What has been your biggest challenge as an artist? Did you manage to overcome this challenge? If so, how?
The biggest challenge has been overcoming trying to be “perfect”. I think a lot of artists/songwriters can relate to that feeling and it takes such vulnerability to release your art into the world. I used to rework ideas until I hated them and didn’t turn them off anymore. I finally got tired of waiting for “the right time” to release my songs, and then the pandemic happened. The past year has made me realize that there is no better time than now and only you can hold back. I found such comfort in knowing this.

What ongoing projects are you working on at the moment?
I always try to work creatively on something. Top secret, for now. But 2022 will be a good year. 😉

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Photo: Stephanie Montani

Photo: Stephanie Montani

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