Lucy Parle

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LUCY PARLE Wins Teen category award at International Songwriting Competition Signs recording deal with Double Drummer New single 'Back Up' out now!

Where are you currently based?


I’m currently based on the Central Coast NSW Australia.


How did you first start playing music?


I first started singing lessons when I was 8 years old and then I started learning the guitar and piano when I was around 10.


What’s been happening recently?


I have recently won the Teen Category in the International Songwriting Competition for 2020 for my latest single ‘Back Up’. It has been the coolest experience winning this category because it has really boosted my confidence as an artist.


You’ve just released your new single ‘Back Up’ via Double Drummer, what influenced the sound and songwriting?


When I wrote this song I was influenced by artists like Taylor Swift and Julia Michaels. But I also took in influences from the song ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’ by Poison because I love that songs production and it’s songwriting style.


How did you go about writing Back Up?


I wrote Back Up pretty quickly because it is about a personal experience I went through so the song was always all about the lyrics so when I was writing it I really focused on what I wanted to say and interesting ways to communicate what I was going through. 


Where and when did you record/produce/maser and who with?


I recorded Back Up with the best producer in the world Michael Carpenter and I recorded it at Love Hz Studios.


How did you approach the recording process?


Michael and I always approach recording with a scale. On one end of the scale is organic/ country and on the other end is electronic/ pop. I always wanted this song to be a little rocky but still organic and so I gave him some reference tracks and we went from there.


You’ve recently won the ISC TEEN Competition, how has this experience been and how have things change since?


Winning the ISC really pushed us to release Back Up which has been the coolest experience. It has also given me so much added confidence as a songwriter and artist which I treasure because sometimes being an artist can get overwhelming.


How do you juggle music with school?


I don’t! Haha just kidding. I definitely put music first because it’s what I want to do with my life so I think I balance it by trying to schedule when I’m going to get school work done so I don’t fall behind and I work on music the rest of the time.


Who are you listening to at the moment and who influences your sound?


I am currently listening to Julia Michaels’ most recent album as well as Delta Goodrem’s new album. I also love Emily Weisband, Harry Styles and Taylor Swift. 


What do you like to do away from music?


Most people who know me will know that when I’m not working on music I’m with my fur babies. I love my cats and my puppy and spending time with them is one of my favourite things in the world.


Does songwriting come easy?


For me, music tends to come in ebbs and flows. I often write a bunch for songs in the space of 2 months and then after that I won’t be able to write anything I like for the next 2 months. The trick is to not put pressure on yourself because that causes blocks. I’ve learnt that I can’t force myself to write and that when I’m in the right head space I am able to write so many songs that I really like. 


Do you have to find a quiet space and make an appointment with yourself to write or does inspiration come any time /anywhere?


I will often get inspiration from something someone has said or in dreams and other experiences and I will just write the idea in my notes on my phone. But to actually write a song I definitely need a quiet space to go. For me, I write at my piano in my bedroom because that’s what inspires me.


What’s planned for the remainder of 2021?


For the rest of 2021 I plan on continuing to release singles in the lead up to my debut album!


Favourite food and place to hangout?


Mexican… love it! Also Grill’d. My favourite place to hangout would have to be either at home or somewhere I feel like I can be myself.

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