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Raegan

In conversation with 1883 Magazine, Raegan discusses her latest EP, what she hopes for her audience, and more.

Raegan has the innate ability to hit a chord with her audience. There is something deeply personal about the music she writes, and it resonates with those who listen. Her artistry continues to grow in her latest EP aptly named Fuck, Raegan. With six tracks that take you through a whole plethora of emotions, the EP is a journey that any listener can’t help but find something for yourself interwoven between the lines and lyrics.

When speaking with Raegan, it’s clear she’s secure in her voice. Though she’s at the beginning of her career, she knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. It’s that type of fearlessness and ferocity that draws you into her. Like a whirlwind, it won’t be long before she becomes an unstoppable force in the music industry. Sonically, she has an ethereal, haunting, and dark quality that has garnered her a rapidly growing fanbase on TikTok and beyond. From tracks like 101 Dalmatians to Waltz, inwhich she laments about a past love ironically (and unintentionally) using Romeo and Juliet as inspiration, she hopes that some find solace and comfort in her words.

With Fuck Raegan upon us, she’s excited for it to finally be out in the world, so she can bring you the latest music she’s working on, sooner rather than later. For her, Fuck Raegan is a stepping stone to where she is today. But for now, she wants you to take whatever you want from her music as long as it’s something.

In conversation with 1883 Magazine, Raegan discusses her latest EP, her love for musicals, and more.

I know you’re on tour right now, so thank you for taking the time to speak with me Raegan! When you look at your latest EP, how much of your evolution as an artist do you see?

Like literally all of it! [laughter] My EP is a combination of songs I made over time. From the beginning of my making music to maybe a year ago. It’s me finding my identity, it’s me finding out who I am, not only as a person but specifically as an artist as well. And as I look at that, I feel like a little kid, and I’m just like, ‘Oh my God, I was so young and still finding myself!’ But I’m still so excited for it to come out. It feels so late for me. I made these songs so long ago, but it was truly about finding my identity.

Would you say that it’s kind of a lyrical journal? You’re just flipping back the pages and you’re looking over your journey?

Honestly, yes! Because I produce my music, I feel like the beats are so personal. Sonically, it captures the atmosphere of where I was at the time. So, I can listen to the EP and feel the emotions I felt when I made it. Usually, that’s what I do when I produce, I try to turn everything I’m feeling into a sound. You know, when you smell a smell it takes you back to a place, I’m trying to achieve the same with music.

Was being a musician always the plan? When did you fall in love with music?

Well, I planned to be on Broadway! I was going to be a Broadway star! I always did musical theatre. I always sang, acted, and danced, that was most of my life. Then I ended up going to a performing arts high school for acting not musical theatre. I lacked the musicality, and I was like, ‘Damn, the part I love about musical theatre was the music for real.’ So, I started making my music; I made beats and started writing. And then eventually I went into the studio and recorded songs. I started recording those YouTube beat songs then my music. People started wanting to produce for me, but in my mind, no one knows what I want more than I do.

So then, as a – I’m not going to say ‘former’ theatre kid, because that never really leaves you, what’s your favourite musical?

This is so basic of me, but I have to say: Hamilton! I listen to that soundtrack all the time. I think top to bottom, that’s my favourite musical. I have so many other favs, but I’m going to have to go with that.

Favourite song, if you had to choose?

Non-Stop. I love how he (Lin-Manual Miranda) combines all the songs into one.

Circling back, who are your inspirations when you’re writing music? What do you find sparks your interest?

I feel like when I answer this question, I sound crazy [laughs]. Honestly, me? I mean, I have so many subconscious inspirations, of course, but I’m thinking about myself and my emotions and expressing what’s on my mind. It’s about how I’m feeling and putting it into sound.

Switching it up, take me back to performing in Seattle, what were your thoughts and feelings walking on stage to that many people for the first time? 

My band and I would peek our heads around to see and we saw at least a thousand people there. They were still selling tickets, so it was at least a thousand. I was shaking before I went up on stage, but as soon as I walked on, all of that left me. I felt completely comfortable. I felt so comfortable. It really is my element.

That’s incredible. I’ve spoken to other musicians, and they say that it’s a feeling you never quite get used to. I think eventually with the evolution and trajectory you’re on, the crowds are just going to get bigger. Soon enough, you’ll be filling stadiums.

I’m ready for them! 

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?

Cinematic and experimental if I had to put it into a few words. Definitely cinematic. I’m just very dramatic, I’m very theatrical.

If you put your music to a Broadway show what would it be? And you can’t say Hamilton.

I would write my own. 

You would write your own?

I’ve been on this whole tour just brainstorming a bunch of things. I have a whole notes tab.

So that’s something that we might see in the future?

I would say far future [laughs]. Because I’m just brainstorming now, but it’s for sure a project that will be written eventually.

There is a haunting almost ethereal quality to your music. Where did that sound come from?

I have no idea [laughter]. And it’s funny because my mom used to be like, ‘Why are you so dark? Why do you make so much dark music?’ I literally don’t know! It just comes out of me. I’m sorry you guys, I’m just as confused as you are.

What advice would you give young Reagan?

To chill. I feel like I’ve always been, ‘Now, now, now.’ Just be patient. Everything is going to happen exactly how it’s supposed to happen. Believe in the process. Have fun with the journey.

What do you hope your listeners take away from the EP?

Whatever they want. I hope they feel heard and understood. I hope they feel confident. I feel like my songs in this EP are basically about flipping narratives and training your mind to think positively.

Can you talk a little bit about Waltz and why Romeo and Juliet was the perfect fit for that song?

It just happened. I didn’t choose it on purpose! I was literally just writing about me and my love story at the time. It happened to reference Romeo and Juliet half the time. I really dived into that script. And I was actually like, ‘For real it fits!’ and it aligned.

Moving forward, what’s next for you?

Entering new eras of myself and growing. My artistry is always going to be who I am. Constantly expressing myself and following my sole purpose of music and performing. I can’t wait for these songs to be out so I can start releasing my new stuff. I made these songs so long ago, and they’re cool but I want the stuff I’m making now out. I have a lot of personal growth that I want to continue doing and watering that sort of thing. I’ll be better than I was last year. And this is going to be specific, but I want to book another tour and support a headliner I’m very passionate about. Someone that I really fuck with. I want a stadium! Put me on that! 

Interview Dana Reboe
Photography Javi Perez

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