Areté, a songwriter from New York City, has released her mesmerizing single, Trip, and she spoke with The Fountain about the new single as well as her New Year resolutions.

TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far?

Thank you! The reception has been great — I’m loving the words people are using to describe the song, “daring, bewitching, thrilling”. I’m a huge fan of words and those mean a lot to me. 

TF: What kind of trip have you been on?

For the past six months I’ve been on a trip deeper into myself as an artist. I haven’t had a permanent home since August, and have been traveling back and forth between New York and Los Angeles as I record my EP, play shows, and develop into this version of myself. I knew I needed to break out of my own patterns and allow for the new. I’ve stayed everywhere, from an artist’s enclave in Bed-Stuy to a loft one block from the beach in Santa Monica. I’ve slept on lush beds, air mattresses, and couches … I’ve gotten closer with the friends I stay with, and I’ve stared into the void of not knowing where I’ll be the next day. It has been life changing.

TF: And what are your 2019 resolutions, are you working towards an EP or an LP?

I’ll be releasing an EP in the next few months, so everything is focused towards that right now – shooting my first music videos, continuing to develop my live show – as well as diving deeper into what it is that I have to say in the world. My 2019 resolution is to express my areté (my core) without concern for society’s rules, and releasing this EP is the beginning!

TF: Where has been your favourite gig to date?

I had a rad show at The Satellite in Los Angeles the day after Thanksgiving, which happened to be my birthday this year! Flashing lights, backup dancers, and celebrating with friends, old and new. I actually brought cupcakes and had helpers hand them out to the audience during my song, Cake. Best birthday, and best gig, that I’ve ever had. 

TF: Can we expect a performance in Scotland soon?

Yes please! I would love to come to scotland. I’d like to set up a tour of Great Britain as soon as I can. My sister married a British man years ago—they lived in Kirkcudbright when they first were married—and they’re now in Lancaster, England. So, I’m angling to perform across the pond as soon as humanly possible.