Wynter Gordon is no stranger to the music industry. She has collaborated with everyone from Travi$ Scott to Diplo and has even written for icons such as Mary J Blige when she was only 17. The world has a way of offering things only when the timing is right and there couldn’t be a better time for Wynter Gordon to make her mark. Once you stumble on her, you are pretty much hooked. Not only is she strikingly beautiful but she is also undeniably talented. We recently caught up with her to discuss the new single ‘Bleeding Out’, Aaliyah and what her 20s continue to teach her.
Interview by: Shantel Noel
hGRL: I’ve been a fan of your music for a few years now, and I feel as though you have really evolved as an artist. What did it take to get to this point? To really come into your own?
WG: I’m still evolving, but I really appreciate that you’ve noticed my growth. One of the best things about being a musician is you really get to explore who you are, which is never easy especially with the complexities of being a woman. Having said that, the one definite thing I’ve come to realize now… I’ve really begun to mature, come into my own and and get a real sense of who I am, trust my gut and filter peoples opinions of what “they” think I should be doing. I feel as though [I am] just starting to really tap into my potential as a creative. I spend a lot of time mood boarding, and in the studio experimenting with sounds and imagery.
hGRL: Tell me about your new single ‘Bleeding Out’. Your lyrics always seem to pull at heart strings. What is this song about and why have you chosen this particular song as your new single?
WG: ‘Bleeding out’ is about the first man I truly loved. Falling out of love isn’t easy, especially when it’s your first. this song is the only way I knew how to explain it. Though the love isn’t the same, I’ll always have a special place for him. He was one of those important life lessons and a huge inspiration for me. ‘Bleeding Out’ is the most vulnerable track on my EP Five Needle. Although, it’s one of my lowest points, where I’m insecure and broken the song feels alive and as a result felt like a natural place to start.
hGRL: I noticed that your birthday falls on the same day that the world lost Aaliyah. Do you recall where you were and what you were doing when you got the news that she had died in a plane crash?
WG: I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was celebrating with a bunch of friends at six flags in New Jersey. At that point, the uniform of the summer was AF1’s and bandanas so, we were all over dressed [for the weather]. It was announced on Hot 97 and we were all in disbelief. It didn’t seem real or fair to think anyone has to leave before they’re able to reach their full potential and enjoy everything that life has to offer. She was so young, talented and special. I went home and stared at her poster on my wall above my bed wondering why….
hGRL: I’ve had the ‘Hard Way’ on repeat and I am obsessed with the visuals. I really like the angles and the western feel I get from it. I’d like to know what is one thing that you had to learn the hard way? It can be in love, life or even your career in the music industry. I’ll let you choose.
WG: How much time do you have?! I could probably write a book! [Laughs] Not to sound sappy, but the first and most important thing I’ve learned the hard way is that in love, life, business or whatever it is, you really have to trust and love yourself. You can’t trust anyone else or make decisions if you’re already on shaky grounds as a person. Everything that is built needs a solid foundation and that starts from within. No one is going to take better care of you than you will of yourself so, take of yourself, love yourself, trust yourself and then others will be able to contribute in an effective manner.
hGRL: I’ve been a little obsessed with asking people what their twenties have taught them about themselves/life. What would you say your twenties have taught you?
WG: I always say that one day if I’m blessed to have grandkids, I’ll be able to tell them “Grandma was a rolling stone!” [Laughs] I’ve traveled to places I never imagined, had the privilege to be on stage and sing for the thousands. I’ve had whirlwind romances in Paris that lasted a week, and inspired creatives that I grew up idolizing. My twenties are still teaching me there are no limitations on how interesting and great life can be – change is necessary for growth and as many times as I’ve said the words “I can’t”….I actually did, and will continue to do. [Smiles]
hGRL: Let’s talk fashion. You have a very unique sense of style. Where does that derive from? Your style strikes me as a mash up of different eras. Is there a particular era in fashion that you connect with the most & why?
WG: I’m inspired by everything around me. I mean while I’m inspired by legendary/iconic women, I’m also inspired by pictures and video of indigenous tribes somewhere on the planet who have a sense of style so far removed from our realm. Whether it’s musicians, movie stars or mothers and daughters I find women in general inspiring. I’ve always been a curious, experimental person, it’s not in my nature to settle on one style or one anything for that matter. I’m a mashup of so many different things and influences. I think the complexities of people are what make them beautiful. Having said that, I consistently find myself drawn to the shapes and sillouhettes of the 70s, which spawned the 90s. I also really liked the male influence on women’s fashion in the 90s.