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Q&A with Skeletosphere

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

We recently got to know Mexican-American alternative artist Skeletosphere, and we think you should too. The LA-based singer and songwriter creates emotive alt-rock with grunge, punk, and shoegaze tendencies. Her newest single, "Mean," sounds dreamy and pleading as Skeletosphere sings about a habit of pushing people away. We asked her our most burning questions, and she graciously told us a bit about herself below.

What's the story behind your artist name, Skeletosphere?

The name "Skeletosphere" comes from a short story I wrote when I was in middle school titled "Skeletosphere". It was a short dystopian story about a planet whose inhabitants were all skeletons. The username I later chose for my first Instagram was also "Skeletosphere" and I just posted poems and pictures I took. When coming up with an artist name I thought reflected me the best, I chose "Skeletosphere". It was already a part of me and I wanted to honor those creative beginnings.

Can you tell us about the inspiration for your new song “Mean?”

When I write songs, they kind of evolve on their own without me having a real idea of what the final product is gonna be. For "Mean", I had one line that I started with which was "I could be mean when I mean it", and the song evolved into telling multiple stories of times when I felt like I was the one ruining a good thing. The chorus kind of resolves that and explains that moments when I've been "mean" in a relationship was just me being protective of myself because of how others have treated me. This song is really special to me because there is a very sweet kind of desperation throughout it all that has always been hard for me to admit to. This new era of music for me is my most honest and I think "Mean" is a great introduction to that.

Who, or what, has most influenced your music and artistic style?

I think I am most influenced by writers and musicians who are unapologetically real. In my own life, rock music has been the place where I've felt the most understood. Sometimes it's music with imperfect vocals, lyrics that don't make sense, confusing riffs, but the artists behind those songs care most about the stories that they're telling and that's always been the most inspiring to me. My favorite artists and bands are Hole, Fiona Apple, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Mazzy Star, and the Smashing Pumpkins.

What are you listening to currently?

Recently I have been sooo obsessed with Softcult, Momma, and Pretty Sick.

Listen to Skeletosphere's new single "Mean" out now.

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