Indigo De Souza: “I was bullied a lot in school and had a really hard time. Guitar ended up being like a space of safety for me”

Indigo De Souza
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It’s not often we end up discussing existential questions in Total Guitar interviews, but raw honesty is essential to the music of Indigo De Souza. “Being vulnerable has never felt like a task for me,” she says. “Knowing that I’m gonna die one day has never felt scary. It doesn’t feel like my experience is actually special enough for me to feel very protective about it.” 

That blunt acceptance of the human condition fills All of This Will End, her third album. North Carolina-born Indigo was just 21 when she self-released 2018’s I Love My Mom. The buzz from her garage pop debut grew until Saddle Creek records picked it up for re-release in 2021, followed rapidly by her sophomore effort Any Shape You Take

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).