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Canadian native InYourDre4mz grew up dog sledding, hunting and ice fishing. Dreaming of some modern world she could get her hands on, it came as a shock to the first nation chipewyan when she suddenly found herself a rising internet star. Her music, blissfully nostalgic, channels the sparkly era of 90s pop and RnB, when the world wide web was first invented.

What would you do if you were given a do over? A second chance at life? InYourDre4mz’s debut track, ‘Rewind,’ is a fresh reminder that synths and emotive vocals can steadily groove together. Blending the songwriting of today with a matured, bubbly  atmosphere, ‘Rewind’ is the tune you’ll repeat over and over again. As if you were given that second chance, a newness washes over you like a VCR tape being slowly unwound.

InYourDre4mz has a colorful palette of influences. Her passion for singing arose with the introduction of her sister’s ukulele, which never left her side. Her mom, a single mother of three, often played the soundtrack of the early 2000s, adding another splash to the budding artist’s interests. As a teenager, she was captivated by the punk scene in Canada, sharpening an edge in her growing identity. The tape that plays of InYourDre4mz’s childhood is an emotional one; but it finds its way into her music, channeling aches and pains into beats and breathy swoons.

Read on to find out a little bit more about InYourDre4mz.

Your voice comes in so vulnerable yet strong in the beginning of this song – what do those opening lines mean to you?

To me the opening lines in Rewind describe staying in a relationship regardless of the fact that it’s toxic for both parties. It’s the feeling of walking on glass for that person, but realizing you both deserve better and wishing you could take back lost time.

Translating emotion to song is such a unique process for every artist. What is your writing process like?

It’s difficult to describe “my” writing process, because I feel like I don’t really have one yet. Im still learning a lot, so it’s always changing. Sometimes I’ll play an instrumental I found on YouTube and record melodies over it. When I get a melody or two I like I’ll start filling in the words and keep doing that until I have an entire song. Other times I’ll have a few words or verses in mind that I want to work with already and I’ll build a song around that.

Growing up, what was your personality like? Are you different now or the same?

Growing up I was a pretty wild kid. My mom called me monkey because of how crazy I was (and because I liked to climb trees). I talked A LOT and people around me thought I was really annoying. My mom still calls me monkey, and I still talk a lot if you get to know me! I don’t think much has changed besides the fact that now I know when I’m being a bug.

If you were given a second chance, a do-over, what would your life look like now?

I think if I was given a second chance at life I’d care less. I’d try to not let the little things get to me, and I’d tell my the people around me I love them every chance I get. I’ve wasted a lot of my life being petty. I think I would a lot happier now.

Where do you see yourself, in your wildest imagination, in five years?

In 5 years I’d love to see myself owning a cute condo in LA. One with a pool would be nice, I really like swimming. I’d be working full time on music (both writing and producing) but also part time on a clothing company. An occasional trip to Bali or Greece would be cool too.

If you won a grammy, who would be the first person you thank in your acceptance speech?

If I won a Grammy I think the first person I would thank in my speech would be my mom. My dad wasn’t around my entire life, and she raised me and my siblings on her own. She’s my biggest supporter.

What is one unreleased song you’re currently writing that you’re excited about?

I have a few songs I’m working on right now that I’m super stoked about. My favorite doesn’t really have a name at the moment. The song is a lot more r&b than my first single rewind, and it’s about meeting a really great person at a hard time in my life.

How would you like people to feel when listening to your music?

When people are listening to my music I want them to feel comfortable. Whether the song is sad and they want to cry, or up-beat and they wanna jump off the walls. I’d like it to be the kind of music that you can be yourself to.



photos courtesy of the artist

words / Mari Thomas

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