For most of us, 2020 has proved to be one of the most testing times we’ve ever experienced, but for Brisbane singer Megan Washington, it’s unfolded as something different entirely.
Speaking to Fashion Journal, the “Switches” singer spoke of how she’s been dealing with the pandemic, saying that while the unprecedented global event has been “intense”, it has forced her to push beyond the boundaries of what was creatively comfortable for her.
“It’s kind of been two things at exactly the same time,” Washington began. “One is the fact that I am living in 2020 and it’s a global pandemic. There’s a lot of really intense change that’s happening in my life and the lives of everyone around me.”
Washington continued, “On the other hand, I’ve been having the most creatively liberated year of my life. I think that speaks to the idea that when this pandemic happened, lots of creatives just started making copious amounts of stuff. For me, all the reasons I had for not doing things no longer existed.”
The singer-songwriter, who recently released her third studio album Batflowers on August 28th, added that the extreme circumstances meant that it would separate those who use music as a “content stream” from artists who are genuinely “passionate” about their music.
“Because of that, it has become really easy to see – from an artistic perspective – who was really ‘in it’ before and for what reason,” she continued.
“Artists that passionate about the music are just making more music. For others, the music was just a content stream, and they were really out to sell concert tickets or hamburgers or anything, really. That’s totally a credible thing, because it’s all art in itself. But for me, I’m a songwriter, I just care about the music.”
Megan Washington recently released “Kiss Me Like We’re Gonna Die”, which serves as the third track from the artist this year, following on from the likes of “Dark Parts” back in May, and “Switches” the following month.
Washington’s new album Batflowers is out now through Universal.