SXSW is a week full of live music, movies, delicious food, drinks and more; it’s a place to discover new artists, cool venues and overall enjoy a really cool atmosphere. One of those artist ready to enjoy the “unpretentious vibes” is Montreal’s Common Holly. The indie-rock singer-songwriter, born Brigitte Naggar, is ready to show SXSW’s attendees why she’s the female Leonard Cohen. We got a chance to interview her and ask her about her music, her motto and her favorite things about Austin, and more. Check it out below.

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1. Describe your (musical) style in three words.

  • Textured, dark, confessional

2. Who influences your music?

  • Portishead, Chad Vangaalen, Dirty Projectors, Bjork… D’angelo

3. What are you most excited about playing at SXSW?

  • I’m excited to meet and discover my community of north american acts, and i’m excited to show off my three-piece touring band (Justin Wright on cello and Alex Thibault on drums)

4. Do you remember the first time you wrote a song?

  • Yes, it was on an acoustic guitar in my bedroom when I was 15 and it was really lame

5. Who would you like to go on tour with?

  • Ought, Metz, Big Thief, Dirty Projectors, Mitski, Blonde Redhead, Lomelda, Perfume Genius, Superorganism, Deerhunter, Moses Sumney, and everyone

6. What’s your motto? What advice would you give readers?

  • Care enough to do a goob job but don’t care so much that it stunts your creativity

7. Your three favorite things about Austin

  • One: many cool venues, two: unpretentious vibes, three: taco paradise