Sky Ferreira

July 8, 1992

Sky Ferreira Artistfacts

  • She was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Brazilian-Portuguese father and a Native American mother.
  • Her grandmother was Michael Jackson's longtime hair stylist, so she grew up seeing the King of Pop at holidays and family functions.
  • Much of her work comes out of the frustration of not being understood, whether it's by the music industry who tried to package her as a shiny pop star or by the public who branded her a "troubled artist" after a 2013 arrest for drug possession. She told Time Out Melbourne of her debut album: "I'm not a confrontational person and I'm really sensitive, so I feel like the only way I can express what I feel is through song, because I can't seem to do it in real life. I wasn't thinking, 'I need to change the world,' but I knew I needed to make a record that represented myself. Because nobody really knew me and I had a lot of stuff to say. I kept it inside for so long. I was so angry and it was sitting in me for years."
  • The first album she ever bought was Fiona Apple's Tidal when she was six years old.
  • On songwriting: "I don't really have a songwriting process. It either happens or it doesn't. I'll just hear a word or see something or read something, and that's it."
  • She said the best songwriting tip she ever received was from record producer Jon Brion, who encouraged her to "just write the way you actually talk and think."
  • She dropped out of high school when she was 15.
  • She uses meditation to help cope with stage fright. She explained to Time Out Melbourne: "I've tried everything, like imagining people aren't there. Sunglasses really help me. Getting drunk does not help - people used to shove alcohol in my face, but it never helps, it just makes me look stupid and makes me have worse stage fright the next time."

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