Interviewed by Glo(w)/Written by Glo(w)
I have a riddle: If musical talent is defined by the listener, and each listener has a different standard for talent, is there any one musical sound that can be universally agreed upon? The idea alone is laced with personal preference. True perfection, true talent has to transcend any ideal that can be argued. St. Louis native Bloom provides lovers of sound with a singing voice whose perfect tone cannot be denied. Bloom has a voice pure enough to silence a crowd. Her music holds your senses hostage. Each note that is sung is wrapped gently in full music chords made of charmeuse. Each song is woven with occasional raspy voiced grit necessary to season the taste pallet. Each line provides the imagery needed to enter other worlds only found in the mind of this musical muse.
It's unfortunate. Too often, singers are labeled “good” or “bad” with crumpled sticky notes based on their ability to belt ballads layered with gospel influence. And yet, the development of an exemplary talent does not occur in the chambers of amateur choir classes. Bloom is able to manifest any musical note, especially those that no man-made instrument can replicate. The tone of her voice accurately alters to convey the exact emotions felt when pen touched paper and lyrics stopped time. Bloom’s voice, with or without the modern and alternative productions enhanced by Dylan Brady, is perfect. And I dare someone to fight me on this.
Check out Bloom’s single "Raindrops" below.
How has creating guided or influenced your spiritual work?
It’s hand in hand. I’m always creating. You may not always hear all that I am or have gone through as an artist, but you can tell where I am spiritually from my music. It definitely affects my performances, and affects me being public and being present. If I’m not in a good place, people can feel that. Being in a good place enhances my life from all angles. It helps with my confidence, helps me not pay so much attention to the details and get stressed out. It’s easy to get caught up in self-doubt. It’s easy to beat myself up, or question myself. But it’s important for me to give out light when I am performing.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The things that you want to avoid the most are the things that help you grow, and shape who you are. When you look back on things, nothing is the end of the world. It’s never too bad to handle. You get through it and you are thankful because you learn. You always have to be open to receiving. Any resistance, you are resisting for a reason, and what you resist persists. You keep feeding it. Allow things to be. It’s all there for a reason. I find comfort in knowing that this and everything is beautiful.
How would you describe the St. Louis art scene?
I've always heard that the art scene is not supportive. It’s important not to overlook the support you are getting. It’s almost difficult to receive support and it is a bit close-minded, but I see the change. I see it coming together. It’s split down the middle. I always choose to see the more positive: I see what I want to see. I see more of the good. We could be more open-minded, but a lot of us are striving to change that and more people are becoming more open-minded. Still, a lot of people are trendy, but I love my city.
Do you think the political landscape here has caused a shift in the movement?
Totally. It’s done a lot of damage, but after Ferguson, it has completely opened up people’s minds. So many building became abandoned. People got involved with making the city more beautiful with community gardens and graffiti. There is also a wide spread art trend, and we are totally using art to express ourselves and to speak out. A lot of people are doing that through their art, especially painters and graphic designers. We initially lashed out, but we still missed the mark if you are pro-anything to the point that it separates you from anything. There’s enough room for everyone to be themselves and be diverse. Don’t allow trends to define you. Don't seclude yourself. No separation.
Some people use their art for activism of some sort, or to share an idea they believe is important. Is there a message you want people to get from your music?
it’s important for me to show that I believe in love and oneness, no separation, very accepting. My goal is to be inspirational to everyone, young and old, to become who they are. Be yourself. I don't want anyone to be me or follow what I’m doing. I don't give a shit. I care about people’s feelings, but when it comes to me being true to who I am, there is no one who can stop me from doing that. There is no one that can alter who I am. Once you have unconditional love for self and others, no one can tell you shit. Be comfy, not give a shit, and spread love.
When can we expect a project to be released?
I am releasing a 5 song EP with Dylan Brady producing and co-creating. The title is [SIN]ses. Originally, it was about the five senses, feeling in different ways. It’s very sexual. The title is also a play on the word. It evolved from Christianity. For me, sex was originally considered a sin. The EP is coming into itself. It’s still evolving. That’s why my name is Bloom.
Catch Bloom LIVE in Concert November 13th, 2016 at The Thaxton Speakeasy [1009 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63101].
Advance tickets can be purchased at experiencebloom.eventbrite.com.