No one was ever supposed to find out who Medusa was. The 'revenge pop' artist learned young that hiding their true self was the best way to avoid ridicule, so when they secretly began producing music in 2017, they didn't even tell their partner. By 2018, their cover was blown, and they were performing regularly at underground shows across upstate New York. This forced them to reckon with their worst fear: being seen.
These days, though, the hallmark of their budding career is the personal connection fellow outcasts feel to their music - and, by extension, them. The nonbinary artist is no stranger to grey areas, and their production reflects that. Unafraid to incorporate unique elements - like cheerleading chants or wolf howls - Medusa transforms their rage, fear, and joy into viscerally gratifying pop songs by any means necessary. They hope to comfort the strange, inspire the afraid, and empower other queer and divergent outcasts to harness their strength in Medusa’s name.
The artist is now embarking on their largest project to date: transforming their upcoming album's music videos into a short film retelling the epic myth of Medusa, titled "Allegory of The Grave."
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