Brandy Schwechler goes by the catchy “Almondmilkhunni” which just so happens to be the title of her first EP. Released on April 8th, tracks from ‘Almondmilkhunni’ have been featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Lorem, and Anti-Pop playlists. Originally from Pennsylvania, Schwechler came up with her stage name as a funny alter ego while working as a barista. What started as a small joke has evolved into an internet fascination for her dreamy pop vocals and her magnetic musical personality.
Considered one to watch, we sat down to talk with Almondmilkhunni about the singer’s experience in creating this new project as well as how she chose to celebrate the big release in quarantine.
In an interview with Billboard you said that you wrote “Bandana” to portray an ex’s new girlfriend without “putting the other girl down”. Is this a belief or moral code that often guides your songwriting?
I think it’s just who I am as a person. I’m definitely at the point in my life where I just see past all of that petty type of behavior, and I’ve been able to reflect on my own toxic behaviors in the past and I’ve just grown out of that type of negativity towards other people. I know better now.
How has quarantine changed the way you have experienced your first EP release?
It was different for me but it was nice in the sense that I got to just celebrate with myself and really take the time to feel happy and proud of myself. So it was cool honestly.
Are there any new artists or songs you have been listening to throughout quarantine?
I’ve been listening to a lot of car seat headrest, Tink, Katzu oso, and Faye Webster.
What was the experience like working on the “Henni Heartbreak” music video?
The video was a very new experience for me, it being my first music video. I was super involved and when my team was helping me look for directors, I wrote an entire treatment for my vision of the video. We sent it off to some directors and then got a revised version of their ideas mixed with mine and then we had the music video. The craziest part was filming from about 9am to 1am.
What other artist do you think has impacted your musical styling the most?
I listened a lot of Usher, Ginuwine, Aaliyah and other R&B artists. This really influenced my sound and the type of music that I love listening to. I wouldn’t say much has changed – I just love R&B vocals and smooth melodic beats.
You sampled Usher’s “U Remind Me” on the song “Bandana”. Is Usher an influence of yours? Does that song specifically hold any importance?
Definitely. “U Remind Me” is one of my all-time favorite Usher songs.
How do you think being a dancer has altered the way you view performing live as a singer?
I think being a dancer gave me the confidence to be able to put myself out there in places where I would’ve previously been too timid or self conscious. I certainly don’t have any type of stage fright so I think that will hopefully translate to performing live for my music.
What has the response been from your long term fans about your new EP?
I’m just so grateful my day one fans have received my music so well and that people enjoy it. It feels surreal to think that ideas can transfer from my brain and body to a physical song to then be enjoyed by others.
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