Grace Mitchell is a teenage popster influenced by piano ballads and avant-garde hip-hop alike. Her sophomore EP, RACEDAY (Casablanca/Republic), is chock-full with genre-blurring hits fueled by indie-pop hooks and trip-hop production. We wanted to know more about the young singer, so we decided to ask her some questions.
You now live in Los Angeles, but you’re a native of Eugene, Oregon. What do you miss the most?
“Running around all over. Being hooligans late at night with burritos.”
What’s the biggest difference between your debut EP, Design, and your new EP?
Mark Foster of Foster the People and Rich Costey co-produced RACEDAY. How did you meet them?
“Started off pretty much how I meet anyone now days. Like: ‘Grace, you’re meeting a random stranger today. Make sure to divulge all your secrets to them. Hopefully you’ll make something Grammy-worthy. Have fun.'”
You’re a huge fan of Tori Amos. Most people your age are not familiar with her. How did you discover her?
“By chance, really. My mom was a fan so I became a fan. Otherwise, I may not even know about her.”
What can we expect from you next?
“Screaming. Lots of screaming and scream-singing. And whisper-screaming.”