In today's interview sweet thang got the chance to speak with R&B songstress, Megan Gage. Mostly known for her single "Surrender" which Gage describes as an empowerment song about finding one's self, the singer-songwriter talks to us about finding her space in the industry, her writing process, and much more! #sweetthangarchives
Words + interview by Sasha Bannister
Before we begin, would you like to introduce yourself?
A: Hi! My name is Megan Gage. I’m a singer, actor, model and entrepreneur. I love creating and helping others create.
Although you’ve been around for about 3 years, you are still a relatively new face is music. How has this journey been so far?
A: It’s been fun! I’ve learned a lot of lessons about myself and how I best create. Not every lesson came easily and some I’ve had to learn multiple times because I’m stubborn. But every time I make or release anything, I find I’m always learning something new. It’s wonderful.
Growing up, is music something you saw yourself doing professionally? Would you consider it a career you always wanted to pursue or more of a hobby that grew into something more?
A: I actually didn’t decide to start doing music till late in the game. I was in my last year at Stanford looking at all the possibilities I had and realized working in tech wasn’t going to cut it for me. I needed to follow my heart and my heart took me to music. It was always deeper than a hobby. It was something I needed to do for me.
Once you started focusing on music, what part of the creation process came the most natural? (Ex. writing, singing, creating ideas or stories).
A: I’ve always been dramatic, so storytelling has come naturally to me. Typically, I approach each aspect of my art from the perspective of the story I’m trying to create. Everything else kind of just follows that.
The first time we are introduced to you as an artist is with your single “Nevermine” released in 2016. Can you explain the backstory of the song?
A: It’s crazy how often we’re conditioned to love against our own self interests. I wrote Nevermine about an alcoholic ex. At the time, I was in a process of discovering my own self worth. I realized that at some points, it felt like I was the other woman in the relationship. It was probably me giving myself a wake up call like “CAN’T YOU SEE? IT’S NOT WORTH IT. WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING THIS?”. But sometimes, you have to say the facts you know out loud just so you can finally accept them.
As an artist, do you feel it’s essential that you write about your personal stories and feelings in the music you release?
A: Honestly, I don’t even realize that what I’m writing is about me when I write it. A lot of the time, it’s where my subconscious gets to come out and tell me what’s really happening in my head. Music lets me discover and re-contextualize myself.
You followed up Nevermine with a string of releases throughout 2017 and 2018; mostly through features. Do you enjoy collaborating with other artists? Is the creation process similar to when you’re creating music for solely yourself?
A: I have this problem where I love creating but I’m extremely picky with myself, haha. When I release a track, I want to be fully involved in everything with it, from start to finish. I love working with others because it gives me a chance to just let go and trust the visions of the incredible people I get to work with.
You’ve worked with a handful of up and coming artists, are there any artists you would like to work with in the future? Do you have any dream collaborations?
A: There are so many artists I can’t wait to work with. I’ve got my eye on a few features, but I don’t like talking about things until they’re announced so you’ll have to keep an eye out!
Your latest single “Surrender” was released mid-2018 can you tell us what the song is about?
A: “Surrender” is about finding strength in giving up what’s not for you. Feeling empowered to say “you know what? I’m not gonna fight on this one”. I got tired of fighting my intuition and ignoring how I really felt about things. It’s about that point that you can really step back and see things for what they are. Sometimes, the things we’ve convinced ourselves makes us happy, don’t anymore. Surrender reminds me that I’m allowed to re-assess what does and doesn’t work for me at any time.
Like I mentioned earlier, this will be your 3rd year as an artist. As a creator who has yet to see huge success, what has kept you inspired to keep creating? Especially in a time where quality is overlooked for quick trends etc?
A: I know a lot about “making it” in music has to do with luck. Even when you work really hard. Even when the music is great. There’s still a part of it that has nothing to do with you. It’s random, but it also frees me knowing I don’t have to take anything personally. I just have to keep creating out of a place of love and truth and trust that it will come back to me eventually.
Do you have any plans to release music throughout 2019? If so, have you already started writing and recording some things?
A: I have a few projects lined up that I’m really excited for. I’ve got an upcoming single that you’ll be hearing in the next month or so. 2019, I’m really trying to focus on allowing myself the freedom to release music. I’ve been sitting and learning for a while, but I’m ready to run.
What are some of your overall goals as an artist?
A: I just want to do what I love every day. If I can work on what I want, with who I want, then I’m successful. Of course, I want to make money too, but that will all come. I want to start touring and performing more often too so I’ve got that on my mind.
Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: Thank you so much. It’s crazy but your support literally has changed my life. I’m excited to give you guys more this year. I promise, you’ve got a lot to look forward too.