Pearl The Girl is a talented singer songwriter from Sydney with an up coming album to come out this year. I had to interview her and this is what she had to say.
1. How did you get into music?
Like most children of show parents, I was fortunate enough to have a Mother who “encouraged” me to learn piano. Which I absolutely hated. It only took me 23 years to actually realize she was right. A long term investment she made with little to no return…. yet.
2. What inspired the song Little Animal?
Little Animal is about a fleeting romance. It’s a funny story actually. I was seeing a guy once who challenged me to write a song about him. Much to his dismay I came back the next day with Little Animal. A song that was anti emotional attachment.
3. Were you happy how it has been received?
I’m just happy my Uncle would play it to my 12 year old cousin. We spent an hour debating why i had to swear in my first single ‘I Hate You’.
4. How does a song start for you?
I always wonder how am I to construct a song if I don’t know what I’m trying to say. Therefore I start with a journal style of writing to begin which reads more like a poem, then I make the melody fit around the words.
5. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Lovers, friends, my dog. There is a common understanding in my circle that everything my friends say is at risk of my songwriting.
6. Has your songwriting changed from when you were starting out?
Yes. Quite drastically. I used to write electronica, and my producer, at the time, and I would start with the production of the song before we’d even attempt writing any words or melody. That being said, he also used to be my co-writer. My music now, and everything on my upcoming album, being released April 15th, I completely wrote on my own.
7. What has been the best piece of advice you have given about your music career?
Two things come to mind. First, once a song has left your nest, it’s not yours anymore. Secondly, always plan two steps ahead.
8. What do you love about your local scene?
I have made many friends in my local live music scene. It’s no secret that Sydney is struggling with it’s current laws and regulations. One thing that it has done is brought our network closer together. I played at the Botany View Hotel the other week and my friends were mostly busy and i wasn’t expecting to recognise anyone there. I arrived and to my surprise a myriad of mates from other bands that I had booked before were there. This warmed my heart greatly to see musicians supporting each other.
9. Do you have set theme for your music or does it go with the flow and changes?
Currently I’d say we have a sound scape for each song that correlates nicely together. I suspect it will change as my band and I evolve together. I look forward to begin recording again later in the year to see what comes out.
10. Do you like to write with out inspiration or distractions or do you need a bit of both?
I write best with my piano or guitar when I am in complete distress with a whiskey in hand…. if that answers your question.
11. How important is having a plan in place for your music?
I practically sleep with my diary. I fancy myself as a bit of a business woman. If I don’t plan ahead I think I would self combust.
12. How important is your brand Pearl The Girl?
I have experimented with other aliases growing up, but I feel at home with Pearl The Girl. I feel freedom creatively, and longevity within my abilities however they may transpire.