Paige’s Space // An Interview

Paige’s Space // An Interview

Hello hello.

This is a very exciting post for me, considering I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this artist for the most part of 2018.

Before you continue reading this post, make sure you’re all caught up, so if you haven’t already, stop what you’re doing and make sure you check out the first post I did about Paige, which you can find HERE.

Paige just recently released a new song, Alignmentsand while it still hasn’t beaten her song So Far for me, it’s still an absolutely beautiful song, and I’ve had it on replay since it was put out.

If you’re up for some incredibly warm acoustic guitar, the chill-inducing harmonies that I’ve come to expect from Paige and lyrics that make you wow-out-loud, then listen to Alignments. You will not be disappointed.

Anyhow.

On top of being a beautiful musician and singer, Paige is also a gem of a human being, and generously agreed to answer some questions for you all! So if we could all send some universal ‘thank-you’s’ Paige’s way, that would be sweet.

Enjoy.


How early on in your life did you decide that music was going to be the avenue you wanted to pursue as a full time career and were there any other options you had in terms of interests that could have possibly lead you down a different route?

Very early on [to be honest]. When I was 5 I first performed in front of my school and that’s when I knew I loved it and didn’t have to think twice. Although I also was hugely fascinated in space and astrophysics which is something I’d love to do but sadly I suck at maths loooolll.

Were there any artists who influenced you in a major way as a young child?

My first influences were always Disney Channel stars. Miley Cyrus was a huge one for me because Hannah Montana inspired me a lot to become a musician. The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato e.t.c. Lady Gaga has always been a huge inspiration for me throughout my life and how she is so bold and fearless as an artist.

What’s the idea behind your Instagram name, @paigesspace?

I guess I kind of just wanted to have something that associated with space because I love space so much haha.

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What was you initial reaction when you saw Billie Eilish sharing your Instagram page and fan-girling over your voice and your covers, as well as your original songs?

Hahaha it was definitely overwhelming. I was in a state of shock for a good week. Just really hard to believe.

What has that type of support meant not only for you as an artist, but as someone who has a huge musical presence on your social media?

It’s meant the entire world. I will never fully be able to express my gratitude for all of it.

You’re a huge believer in manifestation, you’ve credited a lot of your success to the fact that you’ve put your dreams out into the universe for them to manifest, what are your personal beliefs around manifestation and the powers of the universe, and how does that impact the music you create?

Wow what a good question! I genuinely believe that you attract the things that come into your life…. It’s not just a matter of sitting in your room and just asking the universe for your dreams to come true and getting them, but with hard work and manifestation I do believe that’s how your dreams come to life. My beliefs inspire me to write songs such as “Alignments” which is based off of the idea of not blaming the universe for ALL the things that go wrong.

Billie has shown her continual support, singing your recent single ‘Alignments’ as her favourite song at the moment. Do you feel a certain pressure when someone like Billie is promoting your music, to live up to the hype she’s built for you?

I think it’d only be natural to feel pressure but I feel more so driven to work harder to be a better artist for all the people watching me. It’s definitely a nerve wracking feeling but it’s only going to help me grow as an artist

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What advice would you give to young musicians, singers and songwriters, in regards to sharing your music online, specifically posting covers and original music on Instagram like you do?

Just to sing what you love, post consistently, post up some songs people are also familiar with, but also remember to do it because you love it and it makes you happy.. That way you won’t be as scared.

How do you generally begin constructing a song, and what are some of the topics you particularly find yourself writing about?

I find chords and then sing melodies to them, then begin singing about how I feel. Usually I find myself singing about a girl or love because love is what drives me the most.

Who would be five artists that you’d love to collaborate with in the future?

Sooooo many. If I had to only pick five I’d pick Alessia Cara, Billie Eilish [of course], Rex Orange County, Ruel and last but certainly not least Kehlani.

You’re located in New Zealand. Do you see yourself staying in NZ and basing your musical career from there or can you see yourself moving away to pursue it elsewhere, such as Los Angeles?

I definitely 100% don’t see myself staying here. I want to branch out somewhere bigger with more inspiration although I LOVE my country I’d love to go some place new. LA would be amazing.

Of the songs you’ve recorded, which is a favourite or a standout, released or unreleased?

Probably a song I wrote called “Waves” which I’ve spent almost a year on producing with a producer called Noema Te Hau III. Probably because it’s been the hardest I’ve ever worked on a song. Hopefully it will be out soon enough!

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Do you have any plans to release a full album, is that something you’re working on?

I’m just in the middle of recording an EP which includes 5 songs. Very excited to let it out!

What inspires you?

Experiences, Pain, People, Nature and Love.

If you could pick any decade of music to listen to on repeat, which decade would it be and why?

EARLY 2000’s!!!! It’s what I listen to the most because it reminds me of when I was younger and what I was listening to while I was experiencing things for the first time. I also love the artists from early 2000’s.

You Should Hear is all about sharing incredible music recommendations and artists, what one song, and what one artist would you recommend everyone listen to at the moment?

Definitely listen to ‘Better’by Tommie. She’s soooooOOooOOoooOoo good!!

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And that’s it for the questions! Anyone who read my first post about Paige, would understand how much I’m all about Paige and her music, and in turn, how exciting it is to be able to share this with you all! So a massive thank you to Paige for being so kind and answering these for me and for you all!!

Also, currently listening to Better by Tommie, and Paige is.not.wrong.

x

Priya

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Bene’s Next Move

Bene’s Next Move

Alrighty. Time to learn you all a thing. Take notes please.

At the start of the year I was absolutely in love with a song called Tough Guy, by a young girl from New Zealand, Bene. I was also outraged at how she, criminally, only had a bit over 3000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Thankfully that’s grown to just under 6000, but still. Criminally under-appreciated.

My friends, this is a deep youshouldhear moment.

On the 14th of September, Bene released her second single, Soaked. And my goodness, it’s just as good, if not better, than Tough Guy. It’s right up my alley, the right type of edgy with a mad bass line that requires you to groove a little.

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She only shared the music video for Tough Guy, which was released in 2017, at the start of this year, and after making us patiently wait more than half the year, we were given Soaked.

I’m all here for young musicians making big moves, as is evident with my clear obsession with artists like Billie Eilish and Paige and Ruel, and considering Bene is a mere 17 years of age, she definitely slips into that category perfectly.

I’ve had the song on repeat this entire morning, even more before I started writing this post, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for chilling out, going for a driving, but then at the same time it also works perfectly if you’re trying to get down while doing your makeup before heading out for the night.

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The bass line that drives the song alongside a really sharp, funky snare drum keep the song chugging along, and it’s the perfect mix of atmospheric synths and smooth guitar tone that only adds to the absolute vibe that is the song.

Bene’s voice itself is half the treat. For someone so young, her voice has both a punchy energy when needed, and the ability to create amazing light and shade and softness when it’s needed, which she does beautifully, before launching back into a chorus that really hits you in the gut.

At the moment, Bene is two for two with me personally, both Tough Guy and Soaked have been hits with me, and I love them both.

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highly recommend you give Bene a listen, whether it’s catching up and checking out Tough Guy or finally jumping on it and listening to Soaked. I 100% believe in her as an artist, and I’m super excited to see what more comes from her! Check out her Spotify, SoundCloud and Instagram too.

x

Priya

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Tunes Of I

Tunes Of I

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Yo. Okay. New music, new discovery, new slight obsession.

So yesterday, I spent most of the day undertaking a task, that most would not deem necessary at all, but is almost essential to my life. Cleaning and reassessing my Spotify playlists. Sometimes I lose track of how many songs I had to the streams of playlists I have created, which results in a huge build-up in songs, that on reflection, probably don’t need to be there. So I do a general clean out, spend an hour or so flicking through the playlists, and really asking myself, ‘does it suit the vibe?’. 

However. This also leads to several things.

  1. Me just generally wasting time jamming out by myself.
  2. Me also questioning what was going through my head when I added a song to a specific playlist.
  3. Sometimes creating a whole new playlist altogether because the vibe is so unique that it requires it, and finally…
  4. Finding new music.

Which leads us to today’s post. Tunes Of I.

I have a special place in my heart, a deep love and appreciation for jazz, soul, big band, neo-dub, go hard shit. Like it’s my secret jam. But yeah I love it, and I somehow, praise Jesus, stumbled across Tunes Of I, a seven-piece ensemble from New Zealand. I mean, horns and all.

 

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I was kind of subconsciously listening to one of their songs as it came up on a random jazz playlist I was listening to, before my mind registered that it was an actual slam, and I was feeling it.

I obviously jumped over to their entire Spotify profile (linked) to suss out the rest, all the while listening to their most recent single, Kiss The Sky, the first track from their 2017 album, Wicked Ways. It was the deep as heck drum groove that initially made me stay on the song and the introduction of the horns in the verse that hooked me, but it was the chorus that made me stay. It’s one of those choruses that I could 100% picture myself in a mosh pit, singing along to with a hundred other people. While the drums and the bass are this incredible skeleton for the guitar and horns to embody, the vocals are some of my favourite that I’ve heard in this style of music. ‘Yeah I’m dazed and confused, but I’m trying to see straight.’. You have to listen to Kiss The Sky, which I’ve linked for your convenience, to understand how incredible that line really is, not only to listen to, but to sing along to as well. Conway Jeune’s voice is probably my favourite aspect of this particular song.

 

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Notable achievements include opening for The Original Wailers on Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, as well as supporting my dudes Sticky Fingers at their Wellington shows.

I love the infusion of jazz, a lil bit of calypso, fusion, reggae and blues that flesh out what’s obviously a strong fundamental background, having grown from the New Zealand School Of Music, combined with Jazz School qualifications. While the credentials are all there, it’s this sense of literal soul that you can just hear in their songs. Take The Circle, for example, the fifth song from their 2015 album, Restless. I’m listening to it as I write this, as I often do. Like I don’t know if this sounds beyond stupid, but you can almost hear how friendly and chill they are in their music? I don’t know if it’s a statement, but they seem to embody the feeling that I get when I think of the amazing roots, blues and soul music that I’ve heard out of New Zealand. The break towards the middle of the song is purely percussion and vocals, but the musicality in the drums is one that I love listening to, purely because it’s not something you hear everyday, especially on broadcasted radio.

 

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I definitely recommend giving Tunes Of I a listen. They’ve quickly become a small obsession for me. As in I heard them for the first time yesterday, and here I am today writing this post having already listened to majority of their catalogue, of course adding some songs to the necessary playlists. Cannot wait for someone to catch me absolutely jamming to Kiss The Sky at the traffic lights.

Here’s hoping Tunes Of I come up to Australia some time soon, I’d be so keen to see them live, their reviews sound promising, and I’m sure it’d be an incredible show. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

x

Priya

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You’re Welcome

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Okay. This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for ages, and I finally jumped into my egg chair, grabbed some mango juice and began this. There’s gonna be very little from me, more so just a bunch of videos that you need to see.

A few months back, I was going through a really heavy Moana phase. Like real heavy. So as you do, I turned to YouTube. Somehow, someone, somewhere, decided that I deserved blessings upon blessings that day, because I was gifted, the recommendation of the SAINTUPZ Performing Arts Trust YouTube channel, a New Zealand YouTube channel for this performing arts group.

Shivers. Honest to God, shivers. I’ve watched this video, at least, at least, a minimum of twenty-five times, and that’s not even me overreacting as usual. I’ve showed my entire family this video at least twice. It’s incredible, and I nearly cried the first time I ever watched it.

Please, warning you now, if you’re as much of a sucker as I am for harmonies, native island singing and gospel as heck vocals, grab some tissues.

 

There is zero audio engineering, editing or mixing. Literally a live video with a drum and a guitar. HOW??? Did you hear my girl Peachez? 13?

I wanna be like these kids when I grow up. Honest.

And then, they went to church and my whole life was changed by this gospel medley.

 

Now within SUPA there’s another group, Tone6. They’re the ones who usually sing the solos, smashing them all out of the park, and they do a couple of covers and performances as a group, which I appreciate. The next video is a cover of No Matter Where You Are, a song by Vine (rip) husband and wife, UsTheDuo.

 

Again. No editing. At all. These kids have more talent in their little finger than I do in my whole entire body.

One of my favourite gospel singers is Kirk Franklin, and Tone6 covered Imagine Me, and they do it so beautifully. It’s definitely one of Franklin’s harder songs to sing as a group, and these guys smash it, doing it complete justice. The amount of soul for such young kids is so incredible. It’s honestly magical listening to these kids sing, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that some of them are 13.

 

As well as group performances, there are definitely solo performances, some of which are astounding. Below are just a few of my favourites. These kids deserve so much more recognition than they are receiving.

Peachez Vetenubua // (my gal)

 

Aja Ruua // do you hear the hype??

 

Selevasio Tuima // saved him for last, because this kid is an angel.

 

Let me know what you all think in the comments below! I cannot wait to hear more from SUPA and Tone6!!

 

x

p.f

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