In a music video for Cayenne's single Driven’ Away in October 2020, she glitches from living room to park against the backdrop of a pixelated, glitchy pop track, in a sound she describes as heavily influenced by 90s to y2k pop rock and pop music, and inspired by the likes of artists such as Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, SOPHIE, Mitski, to Soccer Mommy, known for an experimental, genre-mashing style.
But she doesn’t see this bedroom-made futuristic glitchpop as too far a departure from her work with sobs. “Genre-wise, I feel like my indie-rock background ties in with my electronic, pop-focused solo project, and I’m trying to merge these genres together,” the 23-year-old says.
I wake up and…”get coffee, some breakfast, and get some yoga in through this app called Alo Moves, which I’m usually on for 20-30 minutes, and sometimes if I’m feeling it, an hour. And my day starts after that!”
Skincare… “My skin is dry, so I never skip out on moisturiser. I'm currently using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum (S$10), followed by Etude House Soon Jung 5-Panthensoside Cica Balm (S$27), and finally Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream (S$43) on my eyes."
Before heading out... "I’ll always do my brows, even on days that I don’t wear much makeup – I’m currently using the Innisfree brow pencil and brow mascara. If I was getting ready for an event or a show, my essentials would be my Laura Mercier Silk Crème - Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation (S$80) Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (S$46) (I use it as eyeshadow primer too), and Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara (S$17.90).”
Creative influences… “The music I make is very heavily influenced by ’90s and y2k pop-rock and overall pop music – my songwriting is just very pop. Some artistes and bands I love: Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, SOPHIE, Mitski, Charly Bliss, and Soccer Mommy. But I’d have to say my biggest influence would still be my band. Just from being in Sobs, I’ve learnt and grown so much, I wouldn’t be where I am today without my band. My band is my biggest influence."
On being a female musician in Singapore... “It definitely feels empowering to me. The music scene is male-dominated, but the recent rise of female musicians definitely encourages and inspires more women to make music.”
Images Kimberly Ong
This article originally appeared in the April 2021 issue of L'Officiel Singapore.