Blended Exclusive: She'll Cry If She Wants — A Talk with Noah Cyrus About Her Good Cry Tour
BY HILLARY KLINE
When American actress and singer-songwriter Noah Cyrus was set to make a stop in Minneapolis for The Good Cry tour, I knew that I had to be there. I was always drawn to her debut single from 2016, "Make Me (Cry)," featuring vocals from Labrinth. Her voice was so raw and her lyrics were incredibly relatable if you've ever experienced a gut-wrenching heartbreak.
Fast forward to now -- at just 18-years-old, Cyrus is making moves with her first headlining tour. Blended had the opportunity to speak with Cyrus to talk about her debut EP, Good Cry, the tour, how her mental health battle has impacted new music, and why everyone should become friends with their feelings.
What's it like headlining your first tour at just 18-years-old?
It's really fun and it's cool to be able to have the experience of putting my EP out and doing my first show basically on the same day. It was a big day for me to do my very first headlining tour show and also put out my very first EP, which was a really big moment in time for me because how personal this EP is. I think the whole feeling is super surreal still. Like a 'pinch me' moment.
What have you loved most about being on tour? Have there been any fun surprises?
Being with my best friend is the best (Maty Noyes). If you can have your best friend open up for you, then definitely do that because that is the best shit in the whole world.
Good Cry -- what influenced you to write and release that EP?
Just my life, really. I went through some personal battles and relationship battles. I was in a relationship for two years -- we were two people trying to hang onto something that wasn't there anymore, and it took a little bit of realization for that to happen and for us to explode and that's kind of what created this album. I learned a lot about myself in the last two years as well, not only through a relationship, but just on my own like my inner struggles and inner battles with myself. I just know I've experienced a lot in the last two years and this EP kind of captured all of that at once.
You say that we should become friends with our emotions. How can we do that and what does that look like for you?
I think for me, becoming friends with my emotions is acknowledging them and confronting them and finding the base of the issue. I had to learn about it through therapy, to become friends with it, because I was going through such a bad time. I couldn't write or work or do anything. It really was getting to the point of having anxiety of not wanting to go out on New Year's Eve because I didn't want someone to look at me or something like that. It was becoming really bad anxiety from leaving the house so it was confronting that. It sounds cheesy saying "you have to confront your issues" but you really do.
What song on the EP means the most to you and why?
That one is debatable -- it's either going to be "Topanga" or "Good Cry." "Good Cry" is a really special one because the memory of making that song is so vivid. However, I wrote "Topanga" with one of my best friends and we wrote it in my backyard. It's a recording in my backyard on a voice memo so that one is really, really important to me because that one is so raw and wasn't planned at all. It just turned into a song over voice memo and it stayed that way.
You've been really open about your mental health struggles in the past. Why do you think it's important to open up about this aspect of your life?
There's a lot of people who deal with it and a lot of people are quiet about it. I like to make it known that there are more people dealing with the struggle than not, and that it's more common than not common. Everyone's going to realize that we're all just the same. Everyone's going to realize that we're all dealing with problems and nobody's crazy, nobody's overly sensitive -- it's a human trait.
How do you think these struggles have shaped your music?
Due to me putting out songs that I wasn't as passionate about before, the songs that I've really mostly been passionate about now were maybe "Again," before this EP and so it helped me kind of get a grasp on everything to be like "ok, it's time for me to take control of my music and it's time to take control of my life, I don't have a relationship running my life anymore."
I was going through all of these struggles that were running my life and out of nowhere when that all went away I was like, "fuck it’s time to hop on music and get a grasp of it and take control of it," and that's what I did. That breakup helped me a lot with music because I snapped out of it and was like "woah, I'm getting almost taken advantage of -- I'm putting things out that I'm not as passionate about," and finally, I did and it made me so much happier.
You grew in what some would consider one of the most successful families in the music industry. What have you learned from your dad and your siblings in creating your own music?
My dad just passed down the harmony genes; he gave me the best of harmonies and he's made me have such an appreciation for folk and country music and not forgetting where I've come from. That will always be a big part of who I am and where my music inspiration comes from.
What's next for you as an artist? Any fun collaborations coming up?
Not that I can talk about, but my tour and my EP is what's so important to me right now. I'll get home and I'll start working on an album.
Any dream collaborations?
Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys). I'm obsessed.
Anything else you'd like to say to your fans?
Thank you for all the support and listening to the Good Cry EP and for listening to me on tour. I love them!
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