If you haven’t heard the name Symon yet, you better get familiar with it.
Pronounced Simon, the 25-year-old L.A.-based pop singer is going to be your new fave artist to blast on your speakers real soon. Her latest track, “I Never Do,” has some serious EDM vibes that are perfect for jamming out with friends or hitting the treadmill when you need a pick-me-up beat. Another tune, “No Way (I’m F-cking You)” is basically a modern-day dating anthem about guys who are tools. We can relate.
With a killer sense of style, a give-no-effs attitude and an EP on the way, Symon is someone you need to have on your radar. FLARE caught up with the singer and chatted dating, fashion inspo and what it’s really like being friends with our fave Bachelor babe Corinne Olympios.
For people who haven’t heard your music yet, how would you describe your sound?
I would say I’m definitely pop, but my music has got a lot of EDM influences in there. It’s definitely all about great pop-punk and catchy melodies.
I read that your track “No Way (I’m F-cking You)” was inspired by a situation you were in. What happened?
In “No Way I’m F-cking You,” I’m on a date with this guy and literally before he even knew my last name, he wanted to get in my pants—that’s the problem with dating these days. A lot of it has to do with, in my opinion, the emphasis on social media. Everyone is constantly posting their best pictures, their best selfies, and they’re naked or they’re in bikinis. Everything is so instant and I feel like guys and girls think, “Oh well, I can have this one today and that one tomorrow.” People think that things have instant gratification and that’s not how it is; this guy wanted that instant gratification. He thinks he can go on a date with me and just f-ck me? No, I’m a lot more than that.
Are dates and relationships a source of inspiration for you?
I think they are for most of us because there’s no better high than being in love. I feel like we all search for that—especially right now in my 20s. These are the times of your life where it’s trial and error, and a lot of times you’re f-cking up and you’re learning from your mistakes and you’re growing. Definitely a lot of [my] stuff is from the relationships that I have.
Do you have one big pet peeve when it comes to dating?
Oooh, yes. Guys that aren’t generous. Not even necessarily generous with their money, but generous with their time. If I’m going to give you my time, you better be doing the same. Time is so valuable.
You’re a host on Sirius XM’s show “Hits 1 in Hollywood.” How does your experience as a musician lend itself to being a radio host?
It was very cool to have this last year of being on “Hits 1 in Hollywood.” I have two amazing co-hosts: Michael Yo, who’s a comedian and he’s also on The Insider, and Tony Fly—a total radio veteran. I’ve never been in broadcast in my life and was so fortunate to get to be in this ensemble. It’s been really cool to be able to interview other artists, and since I’m usually the one being interviewed, I know what other artists like to be asked and what they don’t. I absolutely love it and it’s a really fun outlet.
K, you’re BFFs with Corinne Olympios from Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor and the latest season of Bachelor in Paradise. What is your friendship like?
We are really, really good girlfriends. We met through sharing the same publicist—which sounds so L.A. but it’s true. We just clicked instantly. I laughed my ass off from her all season [on The Bachelor] and thought, This girl could be my best friend. I thought she was hysterical, and I’ll never forget when I met her: I was like, Wow, this girl is one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth girls. Obviously on TV, they build up and make you sometimes come off as if you’re not honest—a TV persona. But she’s truly such a beautiful, generous, kind-hearted girl and I wish everything and more for her. She’s great. Last night we watched Paradise and she was so calm. I feel very fortunate to be her friend. She’s hysterical.
With all the allegations around what happened on BiP, it seems like she’s kept moving forward.
Yep, she’s a strong ass girl and she’s doing an amazing job. She knows the truth with what really went down and that’s what matters.
You were born and raised in L.A. When I was growing up in Canada, I would hear these glamorous stories where celeb spotting was the norm. What was it like growing up there?
That’s so funny. It was definitely interesting because it’s the epicentre of Hollywood where the music, film and entertainment industries live. An aspect of that is it’s very fake; I grew up around a lot of people that didn’t necessarily have their priorities straight. But I grew up with parents who instilled in me [a good] mentality which I thank god for because people get really caught up in it. Growing up so close to Hollywood also had major benefits, because for me to be in this business, I didn’t have to move my family across the country. I remember as a kid going to the market in Malibu with my mom and all of a sudden everything got quiet and then Paris Hilton walks in, and it’s a paparazzi frenzy. Like, this is how I grew up. It’s bizarre, and it was normal in a way, which is kind of crazy, too.
Can you talk about your personal style? On your Instagram, you have a very cool-girl aesthetic.
Style is like my favourite thing. It’s the best way to express yourself and I love fashion so much. I would say a big fashion inspo for me was definitely my mom growing up—she is super fabulous. In the ’90s, she was so cool with her little glasses and she’d wear Converse high-heeled boots with the laces wrapped around. She’d have a little Prada backpack and it was so fresh, so cool, so funky. I’m so inspired by fashion from film or from street style. Fairfax Avenue [in L.A.] is a very inspiring street for me; it’s so street-style oriented.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Being in entertainment, it is so hard to not compare yourself to others. Comparing can be terrible and detrimental for a career and on a person’s life. When my songs weren’t reacting, or when I wasn’t making strides when other people were, my mom and dad would always say to me, “Put the blinders on and keep going forward. You can’t compare, you can’t look around, you’ve gotta just stay focused and keep going. You will get there in due time.”
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