"Everything I’ve ever felt or thought or seen, I’ve written down. I carry one of my songbooks with me everywhere I go."
Fresh off her Grammy weekend performance the Australian chart climbing singer Emily Perry recently took time out to share her new single “Walk in Silence” and discuss her goals as a young artist adjusting to L.A. life.
Happy New Year! Tell me about your new single “Walk in Silence”?
EP: Happy New Year to you all! I am very eager for the release of my newest single “Walk in Silence” (Available Now). I wrote this record with brilliant Grammy producers Joe Cruz and Cindy Valentine. We’re slowing it down for this one. Walk in Silence has a mid tempo, contemporary pop vibe. Lyrically this song means a lot to me and I hope that it reaches a wide audience who can all connect to its message.
“We put a lot of love and energy into this song and I know that listeners will see and feel that.” Emily Perry
What was the songwriting process for the new song?
EP: It was very collaborative; which is always a fun way to work on a project. Working in groups is always a great way to work on a record. If you’re stuck on how to make something better, another person on the team may think of an idea that you love and would never have even thought of. This song is definitely on the slower side and has more of an emotional meaning to it. We put a lot of love and energy into this song and I know that listeners will see and feel that.
I’ve heard you keep a writing journal; when did you start doing this, and how has it helped improve your writing?
EP: I think I was 11 the first time I started using a writing journal. Now I have stacks and stacks of them. I have songs in these books from years ago and songs from yesterday. Everything I’ve ever felt or thought or seen, I’ve written down. I carry one of my songbooks with me everywhere I go. Most of the time you think of something in the most unlikely situation. You don’t really even know what it means until you come across it later. But when you originally wrote it down, it clearly meant something to you. From that you can create beautiful music. I think some of the songs in my journals are the most organic, real songs I’ve ever written and I’m keen to fine tune them and share them with the world.
You had an exciting performance last weekend at the SOIREE; Music industry’s annual kick-off gala during the Grammy weekend in NYC. How big of an honor was this for you?
EP: I’m beyond excited with my trip to New York. The Soiree was an incredible night full of incredible music. To perform in front of such a high caliber crowd, in one of New York’s most famous venues, is an absolute and complete honor. This was my first time performing my newest single, “Walk In Silence”.
Who inspires you musically and creatively?
EP: I think my top main inspirations in the music industry today would have to be P!nk and Lorde.
You look at someone like P!nk and she knows how to do it all. She can move, she has killer vocals and everything she does is original and completely unique – not to mention her vocal stamina is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I definitely look up to her on a vocal and performance level. Lorde knows how to completely command a stage. She has a unique, distinctive sound that is absolutely mesmerizing. There are so many artists in today’s industry that I look up to and that inspire me.
However, ultimately it’s about being yourself. I think when creating music, as well as drawing from my own experiences, I create from experiences I see around me. You’re creating music for yourself, but also for the world to hear. You want others to be able to connect to your music in a way that means something to them. This means telling a story that they will be able to identify with.
Your breakout single “BOOM” took the Billboard charts by storm in 2017. How did this song happen?
#1 Breakout Billboard Dance Chart! Thanks to all the DJ’s out there playing my song & to everyone listening! Much love to my amazing team! ? pic.twitter.com/p172l26pGs
EP: I wrote “BOOM” with legendary Grammy-winning producers The Jackie Boyz, and Cindy Valentine and The Furthur. A collaborative writing session like this really is quite beautiful. Everyone’s adrenaline is up, ideas are flowing, vocals are vibin’ and you all just come together to create something really magical. The second I heard the track I was so pumped. It had a juicy vibe that I loved and that I couldn’t wait to start writing to. I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out “BOOM” had broken on to the Billboard Dance Chart. I was so grateful and could not wait to see its journey continue.
EP: Growing up in Australia is a big part of who I am and I wouldn’t want to change that at all. Coming over here is definitely surreal and such an incredible experience but Australia is my home and now it’s nice to have two places I can call home. Plus, people love an accent!
Were you always a creative soul as a child?
EP: I definitely always knew this was my passion! My music really stemmed from my dance background. I started dancing at the age of 3 and it’s something I’ve continued with and it has really shaped me into the artist I am today. It’s one of my main passions, which I love to include in my music and live performances.
EP: This is a very competitive industry however I don’t see that as a reason to not try. I think it’s important to try things and follow your passion. While you’re doing that I feel it’s helpful to have a support system around you. There’s a lot of influence in this industry so its important to have people around you who care about you and people who are going to have your best interests at heart. At the end of the day, you know what’s best for you. You have a team that you trust to guide you, help you make decisions, bring out the best in you but you have a good head on your shoulders and you know what’s right for yourself.
You don’t need to conform to other people’s views if it makes you uncomfortable. The industry has evolved so much that there really isn’t a right or wrong thing to do when trying to break into the industry. The most important thing is to work hard. Simple as that.
You support some great charities: Art of Elysium, Butterfly Foundation, and Beyond Blue. What do they mean to you personally?
EP: I feel that it’s important for all of us to look outside of ourselves and take care of our environment and the people in it. I chose the Art of Elysium because I get so much joy from music and dance, that I wanted to share that joy with others.
The Butterfly Foundation and Beyond Blue are both amazing organizations in Australia. Like most people these days, I have friends and family who have struggled with depression and eating disorders and I would love to see a world where those things don’t exist anymore. They aren’t as recognized as they should be, and I would like to change that and help raise awareness.
What’s up next for you in 2018 Emily!?
EP: I am feeling very inspired for the year ahead. I will be doing a lot of traveling as well as performing. I also have a lot more music up my sleeve and ready to go that I am excited to release, along with visuals and some other secret projects. You can keep up with everything I’m doing on all social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under @theemilyperry.
Rodrick Golding is the Founder/CEO of Young Blvd LLC. A serial entrepreneur and lifelong creative who has fully taken the leap into the social enterprise sector as a way to bring opportunity to youth in underserved communities.