Sidney Gish has a lot of e-mails to catch up on.
On New Year’s Eve last year, the 21-year-old Northeastern student and emerging indie artist quietly released her disarmingly charming second album, “No Dogs Allowed,” catching a wave of glowing reviews, press, and playlisting. After wrapping up a six-month co-op at Island Records in New York last month, she immediately hit the road on her first-ever national tour with Australian rock trio Camp Cope and emo upstart Petal . Now she’s opening for indie heavy hitter Mitski on a six-date Northeast tour that will bring her to Holyoke’s Gateway City Arts on Thursday. All this, and she plans on returning to Northeastern this fall for her senior year.
“When people are like, ‘How are you managing yourself as an artist?’ I’m like, ‘I have no idea. I’m not even answering my emails,’” Gish cracked.
We caught up with the rising artist before her Mitski tour to hear more about her wildly eventful year.
Q. How did you react to becoming Mitski’s tour opener?
A. I had started working with [Agency for the Performing Arts] in February, so it was my agent who told me that Mitski’s agency had reached out about doing a small Northeast run with me opening in August. By then I had already known I was going to go on tour with Petal and Camp Cope, so I was thinking I’ll spend July doing as many tours and shows as possible, and in August I’ll be at home. Then the Mitski offer came in. I think I was at work or something, and I was just like, “What is this? I can’t believe it!” It’s really exciting to get to tour with her.
Q. As you probably saw on the Camp Cope/Petal tour, you’ve gained a following that extends beyond Boston. What has it been like to watch your fan base grow so rapidly?
A. It’s been crazy. I didn’t realize there would be at least a handful of people at each show who had listened to my albums specifically and would come up to me and say really nice things and even draw pictures sometimes. That was always amazing! I have them on my walls right now at home. It meant a lot just because I was going on that tour as just an opener and to get experience, but the fact that there was at least a small amount of people at every show who were into my set was so awesome to see.
Q. About “No Dogs Allowed”: What was your reaction to the fanfare?
A. It was all crazy, because I knew I had a few people in Boston who were really into what I was doing, so I was thinking, “Before I move to New York, I wanna put out another album just so my Bandcamp isn’t dead.” I was just finishing up all the half-finished things I had from the past couple months to put out an album in between Christmas and New Year’s, which is why I put it out two hours before 2018. I posted it and forgot about it, and then a few days afterward, it got a Stereogum feature, and that launched a bunch of other stuff. It got on New Music Friday around that time, and that’s what set off the Spotify playlisting. ... I just wasn’t really prepared — which is totally fine! Now I feel a lot more balanced and I’m so grateful and lucky that it even happened.
Q. What are your plans from here?
A. I have no idea! The first thing I want to do is finish college, since I’m already three years in and it would be dumb to drop out now. And I just want to keep making albums on my computer for as long as I feel like it, just because whenever I’m having fun is when they turn out the best. I have no idea what I’m going to do when I graduate, but I might try and swing something related to this.
This interview has been edited and condensed. Robert Steiner can be reached at email@example.com.