On a Tuesday morning at Soho House in Chelsea, an intimate crowd gathered on the venue’s rooftop for a healthy breakfast and a gorgeous view to start their day right.
Coupled with that view was the very-talented singer-songwriter VÉRITÉ, whose performance of melancholic electro pop songs like ‘Wasteland’ and ‘Weekend’ forced everyone to put down their spoons and listen.
We spoke to VÉRITÉ, real name Kelsey Byrne, about her experience creating music in New York & booking small venues in idyllic Orange County, New York, at the tender age of eight.
How would you describe your musical style?
Driving, dynamic pop.
What inspired the name VÉRITÉ?
It directly translates to truth in French. Cinema vérité is a documentary film style set to represent candid reality. The sentiment fit.
When did you first start making music?
When I was a kid, around 8 or 9. I started writing when I was 16.
I read that you started out in a middle school punk band. How has your sound evolved since then?
It’s evolved really slowly. Once I started writing, it took a lot of time and experimentation to find a style and sound that felt organic. Then it was putting pieces together and trying things out. Now I have a really focused vision for what I’m writing and how I want it to translate.
What’s next? Any new projects you can talk about?
I have a lot of new music. I’m not sure how it’ll wind up being released, but it will be in the not so distant future.
When did you know you wanted to do this full-time?
When doing this full time was a practical option. Having this be a legitimate job is such a luxury, I never really assumed it’d be realistic. Once I started this project and saw the response I went all in.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not performing?
I’m a homebody. I like reading and hanging around. I don’t let myself have much downtime, so I’m usually filling my schedule with writing, rehearsals, etc.
Where in New York do you live and for how long? What do you like about it?
I’m currently in Williamsburg. I lived in Astoria for a few years and was in love with it. I’ve been in the city for five years.
Do you have places that you like to go to when you’re feeling a particular mood or need inspiration?
I totally have my go to spots. I love Vanessa’s Dumplings. It’s not cool, but it’s delicious. I go to The West when I need to get work done and need a change of scenery. I walk a lot and have a few “parks” (benches near grass) that I frequent.