Find Your True North

October’s Child

‘October’s Child’ comes from a century-old poem originally written as ad copy for a Tiffany’s campaign of each months’ gemstones. “‘October’s Child is born for woe…’ and so on,” says Britt Warner, who, along with bandmate Jordan Waré, happens to be an October baby. “Most of the people I know who are born in this month are sad fucks,” she adds.

As a young girl growing up in Los Angeles, the self-proclaimed “death-obsessed” singer and producer wrote songs to help soothe her anxiety about mortality, though at the time, Warner didn’t sing them to anybody but the horses she rode competitively. “I had a really special feel for horses,” she says. “I would be riding around and writing songs in my head to the BPM and the pattern of the horse’s gait. I think a lot of my percussive sensibilities actually come from that.”

Meanwhile, Jordan describes himself as considerably less death-obsessed — “I’m more of an in the moment type person, so I can’t give too much energy to thinking about if I’m gonna be here tomorrow or not,” he says with a laugh. Waré, a violinist and producer who’s worked with the likes of Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber, borrows his musical sensibilities from something a bit more silent: meditation. “My aesthetic for producing has always been a meditative vibe because I grew up going to a meditation center,” he says of his upbringing in Manhattan.

“I’d been recording my own songs in one closet or another for some time — intimate, minimal piano and vocals — in between struggling to survive via waitressing and promo modeling and whatever odd jobs I could secure. I was playing around town with a $50 plastic Yahama keyboard covered in pony stickers,” says Warner of venturing out as an artist before a chance meeting — thanks to an impromptu flight to NYC for a major label showcase — brought her and Waré together. “This project is the evolution of the direction I was already going in,” says Britt of October’s Child and their upcoming debut album, As You Go. “I tended to create stuff that sounded like dark lullabies, and they were really intimate and introverted,” she says. “Working with Jordan, I feel like instead of being in a closet, we’re now on a mountaintop. It feels like the direction I really wanted my music to go in but could not do solely by myself.”

Throughout the process of writing As You Go, Warner’s father battled cancer, and eventually passed. Many of the songs on the album are influenced by the pain of his impending death coupled with the role of spiritual guide that Warner took on as her father neared his final days. Despite Warner’s loss, creating the album was far from tragic; “Music was a place of refuge, where I sought to both fall apart and transcend,” says Warner. “The songs on As You Go don’t feel sad to me, though, or haunting, they feel meditative and centering. I hope people do yoga and go running and drive and draw and write and make love to this album.”

“There’s so much anxiety in the world,” she continues. “I feel like listening to this album will calm people the fuck down a little bit.”