Interview: "dance on the moon" - Reina Subramanian
This song is so relaxing to listen to. Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind it?
Reina: Embracing independence and finding the confidence to live one's life can be tough for young women, particularly those of my age. Friendships and relationships that do not support your individual growth can be really hard on you. The song expresses an empowering message of moving fast, having self-confidence, and never looking back. It's also about letting go of those who doubt us, so we can move forward.
You're a big musical theatre lover! What is your favorite musical and why?
Reina: I love Hadestown. I just admire the storytelling, the underlying message, and the music so much. It’s such an amazing show, and the cast album is always on repeat for me.
What has been one of your favorite moments of performing in a musical?
Reina: It has to be the end of the opening number on opening night. It’s such a surreal feeling to finally be performing the show in front of an audience and I love it so much!
How do you feel that the music you're working on now has been inspired by your performance background?
Reina: I feel like I’ve gained a lot of insight by portraying different characters. I always learn a lot when I’m in a show and learn different perspectives on different topics. I think this has impacted my music because I’ve been able to convey things I may have never experienced.
What is your favorite part of the songwriting process?
Reina: My favorite part of the songwriting process has to be the end result when you know that everything is how you want it and perfect.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Reina: The best advice I’ve ever received was that you can’t imitate another person’s success since a lot of the entertainment industry is based on luck as well. You have to find your own journey to “make it.”
Interviewed By Tessa Brainard