Quirky, magnetic and honest to a fault, newcomer Lexi Cline puts a shamelessly vulnerable spin on pop music— her songs aren’t just open-book, they’re lyrical diary entries. Layering deceptively snappy melodies with candid prose, Cline’s confession-inclined artistry manifests itself so seamlessly, it’s hard to tell whether she’s pulling from her diary or from yours. Admittedly staring anxiety in the eyes on a daily basis, Cline proclaims “I want to make music that inspires people to be exactly who they are. “Embracing yourself is the most powerful thing in the world, and if I can help somebody get there, I know I’m doing something right.” Having already dropped her latest single "So This Is Love" , Cline's next single will drop late August which will pave the way for her upcoming EP "Sink or Swim."
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has hugely impacted your artistry.
I always knew I wanted to pursue my music and be an artist but when I graduated highschool I was accepted to Colorado State University which I decided to go into as a psychology major! I never really felt like college life was for me but I wanted to give it a shot. I would study really hard during the week and on the weekends all my friends would go to frat parties and I would go to an open mic night in Fort Collins, CO. After about 5 months of my freshman year I told my parents I wanted to move to Nashville after the school year was up. This didn’t come as a huge shock to my family because they knew how much I loved making music but they wanted me to finish getting a degree. So I decided I would be a full time online student pursuing a psych degree at the same time I would move to Nashville at 19 years old, pursue my music career, get a job, and live in and out of host homes. Sounds crazy right? And yeah, at times it sounded crazy to me too. But I continued to push through the awkwardness. My psych degree had an emphasis on human health and behavior which meant I had to take labs, which also meant I would be receiving real life sheep brains, cow hearts, and pig kidneys in the mail. I'm serious! Real animal organs I would receive in the mail and dissect them on the dining room table in this kind family's kitchen that I barely knew because they simply just opened up their home for me to live in while I was looking for roommates! I enjoyed my psych degree because it was so interesting but after about a year of online classes I realized I really needed community so I transferred to a small university in Nashville where I finished my degree as a cinematic arts major! I always kept making music and meeting new people in the music industry and the year before I graduated, I released my first EP “Better Late Than Never”!
How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
I like to incorporate exercise into my everyday lifestyle! A normal day for me is usually busy from start to finish with making content, starting/ making my merch clothing line, booking shows, creating graphics to promote the shows, and co-writes with other artists. But through all the craziness, I always find time to exercise. I think it is so important it should always be a priority. It keeps my brain happy, my body healthy, and my mind clear and motivated. I like to talk to my family everyday whether it's a text, phone call, or facetime because I do often get homesick! I always like to know when I get to see them next, it keeps me excited about the future!
Who did you learn from to instill those values?
After moving to Nashville and realizing I was going to have to grow up pretty fast in order to make it in the music industry, it was the people I was beginning to become friends with that helped remind me that I was okay where I was. I think as an artist we all tend to feel unsettled because we’re always chasing the next step, dream, or goal! But having good friends in my life helped remind me to slow down and enjoy the process!
Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?
Yeah! Very hard. I personally get so caught up in how I am gonna pay the bills, what content I’m gonna make, what show am I going to so I can network, etc that selfcare always gets put on the back burner. To be honest, I am still trying to figure out how to provide myself with a work/life balance but everyday I do find myself a little closer.
Was there a turning point in how you decided to put yourself first?
If I work for too long with no breaks or any fun I tend to get sick! It’s super bizarre, almost like stress makes my immune system low and I tend to get sick! The more I can balance my stress, the more I feel better everyday. This year I struggled with vocal nodules (which I didn’t think you could get… but I am here to tell you, you can!) I had to be put on strict vocal rest for two weeks for my vocal cords to heal. I was actually really upset about this because I naturally assumed this was going to be a huge set back. After two weeks they approved me to move on to voice therapy and I have been in voice therapy now for 4 months. My voice has healed but it does have ups and downs. I have good days and bad but this process helped remind me how precious and delicate my voice is and I do treat it a lot better than I ever have.
How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
I like to promote mental health and how important it is because I know anxiety very well. It is so important to fill my daily life with things that make me feel good that’s not just making music. I have found myself needing to feel happy with my living environment, being able to provide for myself, community, etc. before I can make music that makes other people feel happy. If I am constantly inspiring myself by meeting new people and trying new things which keeps my brain happy and healthy, I can continue to feel passionate about creating.
In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?
I just recently decided to begin the launch of my first merch clothing line “Anxiety Club”. I wanted to do something different and environment friendly so I decided to thrift crew necks, all different colors and sizes, wash them, iron them, and then brand them. I think resale and thrift stores are doing so well and people genuinely enjoy shopping at them which is why I think this idea could thrive. My idea stemmed from always wanting to make people feel noticed which is why I decided I would start promoting anxiety and bring more awareness to it through my upcoming merch clothing line launching in July.
Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?
I'm really fortunate to have a pretty big support team. My mom is the best at always being a call away with the perfect advice and reminds me I am doing really well, my dad is great at reminding me what my goals are and keeping my brain project oriented, and my sister is my best friend who makes life so much more fun and she helps keep me excited about life in general. It is hard being away from family so my friends here in LA are the ones who I make plans with so I have fun things to look forward to, they help me come up with content ideas, help make my merch clothing line, go see movies together, and just sending texts to check in which I am the kind of person who loves keeping up with people on the daily.
Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?
I think what gives me the biggest motivation is supporting other local and independent artists. I love streaming new music, attending new artists shows, becoming friends with new artists, and writing music with up and coming artists. That is what makes making music so much fun, getting to meet new people and explore/ challenge new levels of my creativity each time.
What is the mantra of 2022?!
Incorporate adventure into your life so you continue to challenge your brain to adapt to new things and become an even stronger creative.
Give all the inside scoop on your latest project!
I will be releasing a new single titled “Orange Juice” in August which I am really excited about! I consider it my “brunch anthem” a bop for the morning on your way to brunch after a crazy night before. This single will pave the way for my next EP “Sink or Swim” which will begin releasing in early October!