In the event that you weren't already aware, Dizzy Fae is the next best thing out of Minnesota. The 20-year-old musician started getting some buzz last year after serving her Free Form mixtape to the masses and has been on a roll ever since. This past June, she followed up with the NO GMO mixtape which solidified her status as a rising star.
Today, we're premiering her music video for "Big Wall." Fae stars in the highly entertaining visual, playing the part of all the characters in the mix. Learn more about how it all came together in our exclusive interview with the emerging artist. Watch the action unfold in the video below and don't miss out on our wholesome chat.
What is the inspiration behind the song "Big Wall"?
I made "Big Wall" with Psymun, one of my main producers. When we get into the studio, it's a free flowing process that generally starts with us just grooving and being so present that lyrically I don't totally know what I'm saying until it comes out. It was a similar experience with our song "Johnny Bravo" where I didn't realize till a year later that I was reflecting on my own experience.
Reflecting back on the lyrics, I realized that it was not only a past relationship with a partner, but also an ongoing relationship with myself. Perspective is everything to me so when I was working with Isaac Gale on the storyboard, we made sure to leave parts of the narrative open for interpretation. Essentially, you’ll see a few different relationships at play, with varying emotions being revealed along the way that in the end show you that you think you know someone till you don’t.
Why did you decide to portray all the characters yourself?
Since this song is essentially about a mixture of different relationships, I wanted to take the opportunity to challenge gender dynamics and leave room for different perspectives to relate. And ever since my role in Khalid’s film “Free Spirit” I have had the itch to keep acting, so being able to play multiple roles was a fun challenge for me.
Tell me about the process that went into making the NO GMO mixtape. What was going on in your life when you were working on this project?
I started working on NO GMO right after dropping my first mixtape, Free Form. The rest of the year was a big growth process for me both personally and professionally. I moved into my first apartment, played my first show overseas, had a big crush on someone that didn’t work out, toured with Toro y Moi, learned to cherish solitude, and really started to prioritize healthy practices.
How has the environment of Minnesota shaped you as a queer black artist and in turn the work that you create?
In Minnesota, you either stand out or you don’t - there’s no in between. And luckily there is a lot of open space here to explore my identity and try different things. And there are other queer artists in the Twin Cities doing their thing, like New Black City, Dua Saleh, Kim Tee… so many lowkey gems pushing the culture forward.
How would you describe your sonic aesthetic? What's the vibe in your own words?
It’s a Dizzy world.
Given that you have a background as a classically trained singer and dancer, did you always know that music was what you wanted to pursue as a career?
Music has always been something that made the most sense to me. It’s a form of self-expression that umbrellas so many facets of my creative hunger. It wakes me up in the morning. So making it and listening back to the sounds that have been created from the depths of my being, that’s everything to me! I don’t like to hold on to things too long, so music is my outlet of release. A free space where I can purge and purify all that sits on my head and heart. Once I realized music could do that for me I was like, shit, count me ALL the way in.
Can you tell me more about your path to holistic wellness? Give me a verbal outline of your journey.
Growing up my pantry was always filled with processed foods, so it was the only life I knew. And then as I started to become more involved in dance and music, I realized the energetic effects that fresh foods had on my body and mind, so I slowly started making healthier choices. The big shift really started when I moved into my own apartment about 12 months ago and started cooking for myself, meditating, doing YouTube workouts in my living room, filling my space with plants, journaling, etc. And through all of these new practices, I’m realizing that the best way to share these benefits with my friends and family is to just live as an example, rather than trying to preach about it. It’s a constant process of discovery and self-education, but it's one of the most rewarding journeys I’ve ever decided to take.
What does self-care look like for you?
Self-care to me looks like a whole lot of listening to my body and mind, observing and being fully present for myself… showing all the way up. There are so many ways of doing that too- Whether it’s waking up and not looking at my phone and taking that morning for myself, or taking a bath so hot I’m sweating while singing along to Al Green. Just caring for myself in a way only I can do.
How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
Now that’s a journey, cause even when I think I got it right, the universe zaps me with a new challenge I gotta push through, but I acknowledge that and that awareness is what’s gotten me to where I am now. So hit me up in a few months with this same question haha and I’ll tell you if it’s still working for me.
It feels like we're all becoming more in tune with energy and learning how to read it better. What has that experience been like for you?
When it comes to reading my own energy, I've always found that sticking with my gut keeps my journey seamless. When it comes to reading other energies, I try to always stay tuned-in, while never bending to accomadate at the risk of compromising my own.
On a personal and professional level, how have you evolved from Free Form to NO GMO?
I’m just more honed-in than the last, and growing at the same pace artistically. There’s way more intention and discipline that was put in for NO GMO, a beautiful collection of what makes me me. It’s even in the names. Free Form to me is a free spirit on a chocolate river, singing as she will. NO GMO is the step off the river holding the map.
What else do you currently have in the works? What can we expect to see from you next?
Soon I will be announcing a big hometown event that I'm super excited about, and then in late October I will be headed back to Europe for some shows! Stay tuned, my loons.