Interview | UPSAHL

Updated: Jul 12

Maintaining the momentum of an impressive rise to alt-pop prominence in 2020, critically acclaimed alternative rising artist, UPSAHL unveiled her new song back in March, co-written and produced with Grammy award-winning producer, Rick Nowels.


Of the new release, USPAHL commented:


I’ve had the idea for the “12345SEX" lyric for a while, just didn’t know what message I wanted the rest of the song to have. Then I said to myself, fuck it, I’m going to make a song simply about being horny and living your best life with no apologies.”



UPSAHL recently joined forces with Two Feet for a new version of her global viral hit single “Drugs”. The track becomes even more intoxicating due to the chemistry sparked by these two dynamic talents. A fan favorite, the original version of “Drugs” has been used in over 200,000 TikTok videos and appeared on numerous viral charts around the world as it continues to put up 3 million streams per week.



A budding prolific writer for other artists, UPSAHL co-wrote the song, “Good In Bed” a track off Dua Lipa’s new album, Future Nostalgia.

UPSAHL was set to support Christian French on his Bright Side of the Moon Tour as well as collaborator Two Feet on his Pink Tour: Part 1 before all live shows in the US were postponed. Make sure to keep an eye out for the rescheduled dates! With big plans to hit the road again later this year, UPSAHL has positioned herself for total musical disruption in 2020.


Please introduce yourself to our readers and tell us something interesting about you!

"I'm UPSAHL, and I am currently craving sushi."

How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

"My sound is the kind of music you listen to when you want to feel like the badass that you are."

You’ve recently released your track ‘12345SEX’. How has the reaction been so far?

"People are digging it! I think putting it out during this time was super fitting to what the song is about. We've all had sex on our mind at some point throughout the quarantine, so I feel like everyone can relate to this one."

You worked with Grammy award-winning producer, Rick Nowels on the track. What did you learn from the experience of working with him and is there any specific advice or things you will take away from that?

"Rick is so dope. We actually wrote 12345SEX within the first couple of days working together, and we've been working together a lot since. I think the biggest thing I've learned from Rick so far is to trust my insticts when writing. When we write, we just jam the song on piano or guitar while ad libbing melodies and lyrics, and usually the first ideas we come up with end up being the best."

Your single ‘Drugs’ has been used in hundreds of thousands of TikTok videos. Do you feel social media is having a positive impact on your career?

"YES! We're so lucky to be living in a time where music can be discovered at any given moment. What happened with “Drugs” was so rad. I think the Tik Tok sound started in South Korea and then bounced around the world. Because of that, I got all of these new fans from like every country within a couple months. I get to communicate directly with them whether that be through IG, Twitter, YouTube Community, etc and I love that!"

You co-wrote ‘Good In Bed’ from Dua Lipa’s new album, Future Nostalgia. How did that opportunity come about?

"If you would have told me a couple years ago that I would be a writer on Dua Lipa's album, I would think you were lying. It still feels like such a dream to have been a part of this. I wrote the song with Dua, Melanie Fontana, Lindgren and Daytrip. We were obsessed with how straight forward and in your face the lyrics were. It's an empowering song, especially for a woman to sing. Still freaking the fuck out about it."

You were set to support Christian French on tour before live shows were cancelled or postponed! What can people expect from one of your live shows when you eventually get to hit the road?

"Literally one show into the Christian French tour, it got cancelled :( But hopefully all the tours that got postponed with happen sooner than later. My show varies depending on the tour. I either do a one-woman-electric-set where I play a bunch of different instruments, which is intense to handle all duties myself, but it’s a blast! Or I play with a band that consists of a drummer and electric guitarist and I play a couple instruments too. In both instances, I like to think of my show as an emotional rollercoaster, while simultaneously being a dance party with my fans. Definitely craving playing a live show right now."

What are your 5 tour essentials?

"EmergenC, a neck pillow, almonds, tequila, and some good podcasts because we're driving most of the time."

What's been your favourite memory in your career so far?

"Definitely getting to play Lollapalooza. That was a dream. I remember thinking no one was going to show up to my set and was lowkey freaking out about it moments before. Turns out, people showed up, and it was the most fun I've ever had on stage."

Finally, what is coming next for you and what do you want to achieve by the end of 2020?

"I’m working on a new EP that should be out this summer! I hope to have played A LOT more shows in new cities and in new countries by the end of 2020, but we’ll have to see what happens..."

Listen to 12345SEX HERE

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