Where are you based these days?
We are based in upstate NY.
Tell us about your stage name- Roan Yellowthorn and the idea behind it?
I created the name Roan Yellowthorn in college in order to give myself a safe space to exist inside of. I never felt comfortable with my given name because it didn’t feel like my own. Roan Yellowthorn feels like mine because no one gave it to me—I gave it to myself. It came from within and it feels true.
Your music has been described as ethereal pop; do you agree with that? Are you working on new songs?
I am working on new songs. I just finished recording a special album of re-worked material and I’m recording a new album of original songs in February. My first album [Indigo] was definitely in the ethereal pop vein. The new material I’m working on is a lot more raw and vulnerable production-wise. There’s less of a pop sheen on it. I feel like I’m finding my voice as I go and that’s hard to label but if I had to give it a name; I’d say the sound I’m settling into is kind of neo-folk.