Rainey Qualley is leaving country music behind and starting anew with a focus on pop, releasing her second single as Rainsford today. Here, she talks her current favorite music, what it’s like attending fashion week — and what happens when she spots a coyote.
On the music she grew up listening to: The music that I always really loved was kind of like alternative, pop — and I love old Motown and soul music.
What she’s listening to now: I love Grimes, Wet, Blood Orange, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessie Ware, Lapsley, Raleigh Ritchie, Miguel, I don’t know, just kind of indie pop stuff. And then older stuff that I feel like was ultimately my initial inspiration in a way, like Marvin Gaye and The Temptations and Diana Ross.
On music vs. acting, which she’s done in the past: They’ll ask me, “What do you like more, music or acting?” And I think you don’t have to pick. I think doing different artistic things — everything feeds everything else and if I were to stop doing one thing all the time I think — not that I wouldn’t be fulfilled just doing music or whatever, but I don’t know. I guess short answer [is] that I really like all the arts.
On attending fashion shows: It’s a cool thing to be allowed to attend. It’s definitely surprising in some ways because there’re so many cool girls out there [to me] and I don’t feel like that much of a cool girl — but definitely I want to go, so please keep inviting me!
On stage style versus everyday style: [I actually just ordered] on Etsy some weird old vintage costumes, like one black and silver onesie, kind of sparkly thing, and then one Renaissance-looking little dress. I have a tendency to be drawn to weird stuff anyway — you can wear anything you want to on stage, so I wouldn’t necessarily wear a bright blue ice skater outfit day-to-day, but maybe I would wear that on stage. Just something interesting to look at, I guess.
And finally, on her most recent hobby, involving the coyotes of L.A.: So OK, I’ve been doing this thing recently where I’ll listen to old Disney soundtracks in my car and go out late at night at, like — late for me — 10 or 11, and drive around the park and look for coyotes. I have gotten to the point where I now carry dog food in my car and — I don’t even know if this is legal, maybe I shouldn’t say this — but I’ve been trying to befriend the coyotes and every time I see one I get out and kind of follow it around. I haven’t gotten to the point where I’m close enough to feed it yet, but if I do get to that point I am prepared.
I guess it’s probably dangerous because it’s a wild animal but I have this feeling that we’re just connected and he’ll be like “She’s tight, it’s fine.”