PHOTOGRAPHY BY RIE RASMUSSEN
INTERVIEW BY KATINA GOULAKOS
Imagista talks to the talented song writer and performer Bishop Briggs about her creative journal to the top of the music charts.
Imagista: You grew up in Hong Kong and Japan, what was it like being immersed into such a different culture in America?
Bishop Briggs: Every place you go to has something in it that can be grounding or remind you of home whenever that may be. That philosophy was definitely the case when I moved to Los Angeles! There are parts that remind me of all the places I’ve lived in different ways.
Imagista: Do you consider yourself more a writer or a performer? Or both?
Bishop Briggs: Ooh that’s a tough one. I feel grateful that my soul feels full in both areas. The writer side of me comes out when I’m alone at home scribbling in my diary for hours or sitting with friends over coffee deep diving into our thoughts and feelings. The performer side of me comes out when I’m on stage completely immersed in the moment.
Imagista: Do you remember what it was like the first time you heard one of your songs on the radio?
Bishop Briggs: Yes! It was my song, “River” and I was in the car. I pulled over, filmed the dashboard, filmed myself, screamed, I didn’t know what to do. Then I proceeded to send that video to my mum and dad!
Imagista: Your music is very raw and evokes a ton of emotion, what is the inspiration behind your music?
Bishop Briggs: Thank you so much. My newest album, CHAMPION, came from a very prominent relationship in my life ending. I felt completely hopeless and I turned to writing to purge out all the conflicting emotions I was feeling. Each song on the album was a stage of grief.
Imagista: What is your writing process like?
Bishop Briggs: I love writing because it is constantly evolving and changing. With this album I found myself showing up in producers studios with voice memos, poetry, choruses and lots of tears and went from there to create.
Imagista: What are you working on right now that our readers should know about?
Bishop Briggs: I am working on some new music, new visuals and new moments in the live show that really feel special.
Imagista: What advice do you have for young artists looking to break through in the industry?
Bishop Briggs: Always have standards no matter how desperate you feel. Your gut is your guide and it will tell you when something doesn’t feel right. Listen to it. I would also say keep writing, keep performing and keep putting yourself out there.