"To see a note transform into a whole song is a one of a kind experience," Emily Perry on the magic of songwriting
In an exclusive conversation with Meaww, the singer in the wake of two hot singles says how working with experienced people has helped her.
Emily Perry will soon set out on her High School Nation Tour, after exploding onto the music scene with her first two single releases, at the age of only 19.
In late 2016, Emily released her debut single, 'Sugarcoated', a collaboration with talented Australian producer Alius. 'Sugarcoated', with a blaze of bold, vibrant sounds and exotic pop/electro blends reflected the confidence of an artist truly on the rise. Supported with a remix package by DJ Marcus Knight (Armand Van Helden, Timbaland, Missy Elliot, Lenny Fontana, Space Cowboys, +) and Sunset Child (top 5 ARIA club chart), the song was played in clubs worldwide and received airplay in the US reaching #40 on the Mediabase Activator Chart.
Emily's second single, 'Boom', a collaboration with former Polygram, Arista Recording Artist/Composer Cindy Valentine and produced by 2011 Grammy Winners, the Jackie Boyz (credits include Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo +), was released in late August 2017. With Emily's unique tone, a hook that hangs around long after listening and a remix package by 2016 Grammy Winner Dave Aude (Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Adele, Beyonce, Chainsmokers +), Dave Matthias (Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Dua Lipa +) and DJ Twisted Dee Martello (Nelly, Mary J Blige, Michael Jackson, Beyonce +), 'Boom' was the 5th most added song on the Billboard Dance chart in its first week out taking #1 Breakout honors, entered the charts at #39, peaked at #9 and has already established a worldwide fan base.
Her latest single, 'Summer On Lock', was released in June and has already been named #4 Breakout on the Billboard Dance Chart and reached #9 on the Billboard Dance Chart. 'Summer On Lock', produced by Damon Elliott (credits include Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Macy Gray, Britney Spears +) is supported by a remix package from DJ Tony Gia (Snoop Dogg, Deborah Cox, Fetty Wap, Ja Rule +), Mr Mig (Zedd, Alessia Cara, Flo Rida, John Legend, Usher, Lady Gaga +) and DJ Hector Fonseca (Sia, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Blondie, Kerli, Beyonce +).
In a conversation with Meaww, Perry talks what aspired her to become a musician and how she plans on taking it forward.
Growing up, did you always aspire to become a musician? Could you tell us about your earliest memory as a musician?
My music actually stemmed from my dance background. I’ve been a dancer since I was about 3 years old and from there I became involved with singing. Dance is my way of conveying my thoughts and feelings. My music is an extension of that. I started making music as young as 7 years old. I got really serious about my writing as I got older. I released my first original single in 2016 and have been growing and putting out more music ever since.
How did 'Sugarcoated' come about? What inspired you to compose the song?
I think my music has definitely grown with me. I’ve explored a lot of different music and worked with a lot of different people, all of who have influenced my music in a unique way. However, I believe that your first single always sticks with you. That first single is the first impression that you want to share with the world and I think that says a lot.
A debut single undoubtedly involves a lot of hard work. What sort of challenges did you face when you were working on it?
Putting out your first original song is pretty scary. This is the very first representation of your work and the very first depiction of the kind of artist you are. Which makes you overthink things. But it also makes it the most special. My first single 'Sugarcoated' was a collaboration with Australian artists ALIUS and Bec Caruana. We wrote and recorded it back home in Australia which is where I’m from. It’s a real chill vibe and to this day, it’s still one of my favourites.
You have worked with some really great producers like Joe Cruz and the Jackie Boyz. How has the experience been?
I definitely have and I am so grateful for those experiences! Working in groups is always a fabulous 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. To see a note … or a beat … or an idea transform into a whole song is a one of a kind experience and when you’re working collaboratively it becomes a celebration. Working with such accomplished producers definitely helped me to improve my craft and grow not only as a singer but also as an artist.
You have worked with Cindy Valentine twice. That's really amazing. Could you walk us through the process of the collaboration?
I have worked with Cindy on multiple projects for the past two years and it has been an unforgettable experience. I would not be the artist I am today if it weren’t for Cindy. You never get to a point where there isn’t something more than you can learn - and I have learnt a whole lot from Cindy Valentine. I am thankful for everything we have accomplished since we began working together!
Let's come to your latest single now- 'Summer on Lock'. It's on the top 10. How does that feel?
'Summer On Lock' made it to #9 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts and it is an incredible feeling! I’m so grateful for all the support this track got throughout the summer and I can’t wait for my new single to drop next month!
How did you come up with the song? Is there a story behind it?
This song came about as a collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Damon Elliot, Ron “Mix” Banks and Cindy Valentine. Now this one was SO FUN! We all got together and instantly started jammin'. We clicked right away. I instantly fell in love with the track and from there, we all threw in our own melody and lyrics. We left it hanging for a little while and then when summer came around we got together with producer, Niko the Kid and revamped it giving it a bit more kick! 'Summer On Lock' is an energetic, upbeat summertime song. The track is infectious, the melody is catchy and, I don't know about you guys, but I just have groove out to it! This song has a lot of confidence and edginess to it. It’s definitely a summer jam!
What are your plans for the High School Nation Tour?
I will be joining High School Nation for the full five-week tour. Most of these places I’ve never been to and I’m so excited for the experience! My dancers and I will be tearing up the stage with my brand new single 'So Bad' which is dropping very soon!
Can you tell us about the foundations that you are a part of now? How did you get involved with The Art Of Elysium?
This year I started volunteering with The Art of Elysium. I became involved with the Art of Elysium because I get so much joy from music and dance and I wanted to share that joy with others. I have so much respect for what this organization offers. The Art Of Elysium currently provides 110 community programs a month, serving over 30,000 individuals a year. I am loving it so far and look forward to working with them for a long time.
We hit #9 on the @billboard dance club chart!! Forever grateful to everyone out there listening to ‘Summer On Lock’! Exciting news coming soon...💥@billboarddance @thestargroomer pic.twitter.com/AEJMlJNywp— Emily Perry (@theemilyperry) September 11, 2018
Lastly, how do you usually prefer working on an album? Do prefer the disc imagery or the streaming process?
I have yet to release my first album but it is definitely something I will be doing in the future. As a creative, I absolutely love the disc imagery. The sound is completely different to me not to mention I love being involved with the artwork and design concepts.