Rising pop girl Glowe aims for the highest standards when it comes to her music, and her latest single “Mean Girls” is no exception. The empowering track encourages listeners to step into their power and break away from the stereotypes and make your voice heard, something that Glowe has worked towards from the beginning of her career.
In her conversation with EUPHORIA., Glowe explained that she could sing as soon as she could talk. “When I was a child. My mom said I learned to talk at a really young age,” Glowe said. “I’d be on the bus and people would be looking over like ‘How is that baby speaking like that?’ And then I think that just progressed from there.”
Glowe credits the combination of her supportive parents and her innate confidence that set the foundation of her overall musical career. But her passion for words and songwriting came from her love of English Literature. “I loved reading as a kid and was especially fond of fantasy books,” she said. “I’m very grateful to my younger self that I made myself read before bed every night because it just helps to have a better understanding of language and made me love words.”
As she began to dive into her songwriting and her career later on, one of the biggest challenges Glowe faced was ensuring her voice and her ideas remained front and center while figuring out what her brand and sound should be. “When you enter a male-dominated industry like the music industry, it can be easy to lose your voice and sense of self, especially when working with producers who have all these ideas of what your music should sound like and what you should write about,” she said. “But now, I’m writing with the people that I really love and trust and I’m feeling secure with myself and my writing and find it easier to even tap into my inspirations.”
Glowe’s single “Mean Girls” was partly inspired by the 2004 film and by her own experiences growing up. But contrary to the song title, the track is focused on empowering people to stand up for themselves. In the press release for the single, Glowe explains that “Being a loud and confident young woman at school meant I was often labeled by teachers as naughty or ‘too much’. In reality, these are the qualities that have served me best in my adult life. The music industry can be a scary place to navigate, particularly as a young woman. You have to channel a little Regina George in order to not be walked all over. Why do men always seem to be celebrated for their confident and cheeky attitudes yet women get given nasty labels?”
Throughout the song, the anthemic lyrics “This one’s for the mean girls / The protect and heal girls / You can’t take my seat, girls / So throw it up for the mean girls” drive the empowering message of independence and strength that Glowe emphasizes in her music. When working on the track, she had specific situations in mind that really inspired her to channel her inner Regina George. “I mean, who doesn’t love a bad guy?” Glowe laughed. “I think that Regina is so confident in herself and knows she has so much power over everyone in the school, and even when they tried to drag her down, she never lost that confidence, and that’s the kind of energy that I wanted to have in my song.”
Glowe prioritizes making music for the “girls, gays, and theys” and helping them feel confident and empowered. This is especially true now, as she is older and finds herself in a place where she’s secure with herself and the direction of her music. “Being in a good place now has allowed me to look back on past situations and realize that ‘damn, that really wasn’t okay,’” she said. “When you’re dealing with difficult situations, it can be really difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel unless you have other people there to help you out of it. And I want to be that for others, especially through my music.”
“Mean Girls” is now available on all streaming platforms.