Today, queer musician Phem releases her new single "Blinders," a song that focuses on a specifically troubling time in the artist's life as she explored and examined her own identity and the authenticity with which she was presenting herself to the world.
"I’ve struggled with my sexuality for quite some time," she explains. "There were people in my family and friend groups who were confused about who I was and would ask me stupid questions about what it’s like and how it works... During the process of figuring out how to answer these questions, I decided I didn’t need to and that was also at the time I wrote "Blinders," a song about turning away from having to fit into a box or curb the way I am so it’s easier for other people to understand."
The single, which premieres today on Out, is off of her forthcoming new EP, out on Valentine's Day. Phem has previously worked with and written for artists such as G-Eazy and Dram—her collaboration with the former, "Just Friends," has garnered several million streams on Spotify since its release.
Listen to "Blinders" and read our Q&A with OUT here.