By Michaela Norton
Pittsburg, PA native and alt pop powerhouse OPALS is back with a new single "Middle of the Night released January 29th. With an inspirational outlook on mental illness and pushing through the dark to get to the light, we had the chance to chat about a little bit of this and a little bit of that to get to know the artist behind the stage name!
What got you started playing music?
My dad plays keyboard, he used to be in a band. I just take after him!
How has your past influenced your music?
I'd say only the music I've been introduced to in the past has influenced my music and not so much personal experiences (yet). I used to listen to alot of alternative rock and punk when I was younger and then grew into pop.
How would you describe your sound?
Genre fluid. That's my word for it!
How has your sound evolved over the years?
I used to record a lot of heavy music but grew to love radio pop and alt pop, so I went in that direction.
Did you always want to be a musician?
Not always, I wanted to be a lot of things. App developer, fashion designer, I tried going to school to be a therapist, nothing worked out.
If you could collaborate with someone, who would it be?
What’s your favorite experience you had while performing?
The overall experience of performing at Pittsburgh Pride 2019 was super fun!
What venue do you hope to play one day?
Madison Square Garden
What do you want your listeners to take away from your music?
To be your most authentic self, don't worry about what others think of you.
If you could be known for one thing, what would it be?
Being able to write in different genres of music.
How has this year changed you as an artist?
With covid happening and having to stay in a lot (besides work) I've been finding more time to write.
What’s your favorite song that you’ve written?
Its unreleased but it's called "Tip of my Tongue"
What inspired “Middle of the Night?”
I wanted to write something completely real and inspiring. I decided to write from my own struggles and turn it into something good.
Did you struggle at any point in the writing process?
Not at all! It all came naturally to me.
Anything else you’d like to add to the interview?
More music on the way!