Lavinia Woods: You have experienced growing up in two big, eccentric, and active cities, LA and NYC. How have these cities influenced you and your art? Was it difficult for you to find your artistic voice amid all the bustle?
Samia Finnerty: I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from both places. I didn’t start playing live until I moved to New York because everything is much more accessible there and the community is much more autonomous. New York has been very conducive to me figuring out my style and preferences with my music.
LW: Your songs are heavily based on coming-of-age themes, especially within young adulthood. Why do you choose to write about these experiences?
SF: Probably because that’s where I am in my life. I like to write with a lot of honesty. A lot of my music is very autobiographical and confessional.
LW: What I love about your newest EP Scout, is the mix of relatable vulnerability and fun pop-aspects. What goes into your songwriting process?
SF: Scout was very different from what I have experienced in the past. My first EP took three years and so I was more certain with what I wanted to say and produce with Scout. I also knew I had to put more songs out and I wanted to put something positive and fun out there because, with everything going on in the world in mind, I thought it would be senseless to dramatize my life. I wanted to write with gratitude.
LW: Is it easy for you to be so vulnerable in your songs?
SF: Yeah. It’s hard to fully conceptualize what I’m doing while I’m doing it, and so that makes it easier for me to be very vulnerable.
LW: What inspired Scout? What was the process like creating the EP?
SF: I thought the pandemic would give me more time to write but it didn’t, and I think every artist kind of felt that. I only got four or five songs out of that time. I mean, with hindsight there was very much a theme of reflection and growth.