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When I met Bishop Briggs for the first time, she (or rather, her voice) crawled out of the TV into my heart. It was 2015, and while in my final year of study, I thoughtlessly trudged on a philosophy paper, an Acura commercial appeared in the background. (By chance, right? Stay with me.)
There was a soulful song – an indie-pop melody that made me stomp, snap, sing, and dance all at once, and within seconds my Shazam app was open. The song "Wild Horses" was Briggs's first single and a brisk flare that created a domino effect of equally stunning singles – "River" in January 2016, "The Way I Do" in May and "Pray" in August. But despite the subterranean musical noise, Briggs had lit her first full-fledged album, Church of Scars, was released in April of last year – 10 songs, all written and composed by Sarah Grace McLaughlin, also known as Bishop Briggs.
Now, over a year later, the second album of the singer, with the appropriate title championis officially available – news that is literally music for the hungry ears of their fans. Before releasing the album and a two-month trip around the world from Detroit to Berlin, I had the opportunity to pay Briggs over the glittering success of her current music career, as well as her eclectic fashion aesthetic (an octave range, including vintage Nike sneakers) "and long-sleeved Burberry buttons), their decision to shave their heads, and mascara far superior to a range of extensions.
Although Briggs is not a well-known name (or at least not yet), I can not stop my excitement. After becoming addicted to their haunting vocals, and wearying my Spotify with incessant renditions of their first album, I consider myself a rather devout, if not embarrassingly obsessed fan. Something (bless them) that Briggs appreciates by an overwhelming majority and for I really thank you.
"I can not wait to talk to Bishop!" I say into the phone after typing the dial-up and talking to someone I mistakenly thought was his publicist. "Oh my God, I am a bishop!" a very warm, very friendly voice answers. We laugh and begin a half-hour conversation that not only confirms my appreciation for Briggs's music, but also brings the artist to life behind the tunes. The soul-eating process of creating music is not an easy process for Briggs, and I quickly realize that her emotional authenticity flows into everything she does-the way she dresses and uses her contours in the way she supports friends (eg shaving her head) or confronting vulnerabilities during "much needed" therapy sessions.
"I feel that my self-confidence has changed dramatically since I started therapy"She tells me if I ask her about developing her self-esteem in an age obsessed with looks and industry." If you have to show up every week and tell someone what you do and why you do it. It really reveals a lot in you. I started therapy a few years ago and felt that my skin was suddenly inside out. I have been able to see why I have behaved in a certain way, and I think that for many people, including me, it is things that you internalize or experience in childhood – when in many ways you are the most vulnerable and maneuver a lot & # 39; # 39 & firsts. "
A better understanding of why she enjoys making music has also provided a helpful perspective, and Briggs says she has shaped and improved her self-esteem. Making music is a need for them – a mental expression that is not just an extension of themselves, but a lifeline when society tries to subvert their self-esteem.
Of course, that brings with it something interesting – the fact that about a year ago, Briggs traded her signature, repackaged space sandwiches for a bold head. It was not a fearful act of defiance, but an act of love in support of a friend (makeup artist Arax) who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. But, as it turns out, it was damned liberating for Briggs not to have hair, in a personal, self-discovering way.
"I can not believe it's been a year!" she exclaims when I ask for details about life without strings and if it is a look she will keep. "I always think it's only been a few months, but you're right! Well, first of all, I tell every girl that – well, guys – but literally anyone has cheekbones, and I tell you, if you shave your head, you suddenly have those crazy, amazing cheekbones. I'm going on tour for a few months, so I think I'll keep it that way for a while. That's something I really want to have during this release. When I wrote this album, it really was a liberation of my former self, and I was really trying to free myself from the uncertainties I had, and perhaps from the truths that I did not tell. I want to shave it at this time because it is a constant reminder to be honest, not to hide, to tell the truth. I have always been lucky that I do not have the same attachment to my hair as many people think. "
Equipped with a "punky spirit" that she recognized at a young age, Briggs says it has always been her style and her beauty to be in something easy to care for, be it an everyday nude lipstick (Marc Jacobs, BTW) or one She prefers vintage city-specific T-shirts and jeans for places she visits on tour.
"I always think about what will be the best or easiest to play," she admits.
"If I find a vintage T-shirt that has just that place, I might like to incorporate that into my tour look, but this time I'm focusing on having clothes I can wear every day. But still destroying I used to think that I really needed to lean into the free time for the stage, but then I felt much more like myself, when I was wearing something more skater or street-friendly, I love playing with androgyny and myself I realized that I really can have the best of both worlds. "
Although Gwen Stefani has been inspiring her for a long time in her No Doubt days and artists like Björk who are pushing envelopes, she's more focused on the everyday woman right now and is pretty obsessed with what she's seeing, say on the streets of London.
"Anyone who does not adapt to something that does not feel right for him is very inspiring to me, "she says matter-of-factly, "My mother is this very, very sweet Scottish lady, and she always had the vision that I am very girlish and wearing clothes, I remember the first time I wore sweatpants and a hoodie, and I just felt that way Confident, you know And it was not about hiding my body, it was about having the physical freedom, moving like I wanted without restriction, not embracing my body like I did in this We did not want a moment, and as women we can decide that. "
While Los Angeles has been Briggs' hometown for years, her parents are Scottish, she was born in London, lived in Tokyo for six years and then spent eight years in Hong Kong (where she graduated from high school) before moving to Los Angeles versatile education that has shaped her fashion and beauty aesthetics very much.
"I was very fortunate to have lived in Tokyo, which was full of vitality and energy," she explains as I press down every detail. "There was a lot of creativity when it came to clothing, and it was really liberating to see people who used clothes, fashion and make-up to express themselves, there was this amazing difference and change between what I humans do saw day or day wear to work or school and then the outrageous outfits that were full of personality, to which they would pass at night. "A juxtaposition, she says, she always fascinated and she feared fearless in terms of color, fashion and beauty ,
But since I'm obsessed with beauty, I need to ask her something, whether or not her eyelashes, which are practically over the eyebrows, are real. Your answer: Yes. After a four-hour break with eyelash extensions, she decided – and an open, half-upset barista – that the fad was not for her.
"I have a special mascara that I have maximum recommend – Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (26 USD) – and I spend a lot of time with it. I have many tricks! I start at the base of my eyelashes and move my wand from side to side. … I use the tip to get each whip individually, this is definitely a ritual of mine. "
The magical powers of a truly great combination of contour, blush and highlighter are not lost to Briggs and are an integral part of the beauty routine of the singer. Her cheekbones, highlighted by her smooth hum, are her favorite pastime for playing.
"They have no hair, they are pretty much everything I have!" She laughs. "So sometimes I really go into silhouette and try to mix them, but considering how much contour I add, there really is not much mixing in. I swear by many highlighters I love Becca's Pressed Powder Highlighter in champagne pop ($ 38), it's just wild, and as for other products, I loved Glossier's Boy Brow in Clear ($ 16), which really changed me. I love Marc Jacobs Le Marc lip cream Lipstick (32 US dollars) for everyday things Oh, and to be honest, this is another product that deserves mention: It Cosmetics CC + Cream ($ 39) It works for everyone and is so incredible – no matter what condition your skin is in. "
As our interview shows, there is still something to be said, and that is the fact that Briggs, who grew up in Tokyo and Hong Kong, was the queen of face masks before facemasks became the most sought after currency within beauty space.
"I mean, I have one obsession "With face masks," she confirms. "I feel like everyone is doing right now, but my obsession is really great, because I grew up with all that stuff in Hong Kong, and when the excitement started a few years ago, I'd say I'm back to the club joined. "
Keep scrolling to find all the important beauty tips from Briggs. To get everything done, I recommend listening to her new album. championGet out today while you do that.