Sola is the alter ego of California’s electro-R&B starlet Megan Sola-Guinto.
Following a move to the UK, self-released singles Closure and Self-Destructing put Megan’s name on the map, landing support from BBC Introducing and Arlo Parks.
Now releasing music on Soul Kitchen Recordings, we spoke to Megan about her journey into the music industry and ultimate career goals.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for? At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I didn’t start writing music until about 6 years ago. I was at uni in Southern California studying opera and classical music, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to make my own music, but I’d actually never written any songs. I just wasn’t confident, and I had a lot of anxiety around making music for whatever reason. But I’d decided I wanted to transfer to a uni in the UK to pursue making my own music and being my own artist so I ripped the metaphorical bandaid and just started writing music. I immediately loved it, and I haven’t really looked back since.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I’m mostly influenced by my personal life experiences and how I see the world and world events. But I also take inspiration from other people’s lives and art so it really just depends on the type of song I’m writing.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
One of the main things I’ve learned is I’m super sensitive! I think the majority of music creatives are very sensitive, which is what enables us to do what we do so I’m grateful to be very connected into my sensitive side. But it can definitely be a double edged sword!
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
When you start getting some traction, that’s the very beginning of the climb, not the end, and it can take literal years before you actually stand on solid ground in the music world. I’m still in the climb, and girl, it’s steep, but I’m still going!
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
Pip Millet is an amazing singer and artist. Absolutely love her tone and the tracks I’ve heard. Oneda is a dope rapper in Manchester. Everyone neeeeds to check out her freestyles. And Sister Sister is a really fun indie pop group from here that I’ve known for a bit now.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
I’d think I’d have died and gone to heaven if I ever got to tour with SZA. She’s one of my absolute favourite artists of this decade, and it would be an honour to work with her in some capacity. And for my rider, I’m not sure yet honestly! I’m easy, beer and some food is always nice!
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
One of my favourite tv shows this year has been Amazon’s The Boys. I would probably lose my shit to hear myself on tv, especially if one of my songs made it on there.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
I have a lot on my bucket list actually, but a big goal of mine is to work with some of my favourite producers - like Lido, Flume, or GRADES - within the next couple years. So if any of you are somehow reading this, hit me up!