When and how did you first get into making music?
I first got into rapping at 7 years old, my sister was the one who convinced me to do it. Music had been around my family since I can remember so when it came to making it, it was second nature, it helped that I used to mimic all the rappers I saw on tv, that’s where I got my style and swag from and copied everything they did. Otherwise when it came to writing and recording my sister played a big part in that.
How would you describe your music style to someone who doesn’t know You?
I would say my style is very melodic and energetic with most songs, I use auto tune in ways to captivate and maintain a particular mood whether it’s dark or uptempo. A lot of the tracks I’ve been recording today just seem to be very catchy and easy to remember, something that goes a long way especially when made simple. In other ways my sound is very out there, I like to experiment with everything.
The best way I can describe it is, imagine yourself in a space shuttle swerving through meteors at light speed, but everything you hear sounds like an echo and far away, even if it’s right next to your ear. At the same time your booster is powered by a 24 inch chrome spinner with a sub attached to it powered by koolaid, that’s me, that’s Perry P.
Your new single ‘On The Low’ comes out on the 4th of June, what does the song mean to you?
To me it’s a realisation that the life I wanna live is only a step away, that all the work being put in will soon pay off in the biggest ways. Throughout a lot of my songs, this track in particular I manifest and speak all of the things I want to happen in life into existence.
The title ‘On The Low’ represents the quiet grind I’ve been on to make things happen, me having my head down trying to piece things together, and that I won’t allow any outside thoughts and opinions to enter my inner matrix on my way up.
Another good example of this is the cover art, a young me with a crown on my head, meaning whatever successes happen, it was meant to. Shoutout to Ish for coming through with the sketch. .
What’s the first song you remember liking?
The first song I remember liking is Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa. There are plenty that I liked before that but this particular track hit me in a different way. I was around 7 or 8 when I first came across it, to this day it remains my favourite song of all time.
Who are your biggest influences?
I could go on and on if I was to really name all of my musical influences but growing up I was listening to every genre there was, not just hip hop, but in this case the ones that
influence my music the most today are, Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, Travis Scott and drake. They all influence me in a different way, whether it be on delivery, style or flow.
I’m one of those people that really listen to music, not just listen, if you know what I mean. I guess it’s just the musical ear I’ve been given, being able to pay attention to the small and minor details and learn how to take and then turn them into my own thing. I really study the ones that come before me, it’s helped me evolve into the artist I am today, so I’ll always be learning, from Adele to Jay Z, my thoughts will always be focused on how the great ones did it and how I can apply that to myself and be better.
Who is Perry P outside of the music game?
Perry is a pretty quiet and private guy to say the least, just a hardworking lowkey individual. That changes when I’m around my friends though, I turn into a demon at times, especially if there’s loud music playing, crazy energy that can’t be tamed, it’s just my thing. But I’m your average joe, get along with everyone and just like to have a good time. One thing I pride myself on is bringing up the mood of the people around me, no matter the time or place. So if you ever find yourself in the same vicinity as me, gear up for action.
What’s your outlook on Australia’s music scene at the moment?
For a while now I’ve felt that the scene in Australia is gonna be crazy once it pops off, in my mind all it’s gonna take is for one person to really take off and that’s gonna open doors for so many others, especially within Perth. Right now we are doing our thing but it’s not yet at that stage where we’ve got the world’s attention on us, that’s what we’re striving for. Collectively we are destined to do amazing things and individually there are key names to look out for.
Personally within my city, besides myself I feel like those guys are Young Pascal, Yourboymars, Trapboii and Nabiiou$, just to name a few, guys I see really pushing the bar, these are my peers so when I see them doing well it only motivates me. Give it a few years and Australia is gonna be a hotspot, I truly believe that!
Who do you want to work with in the future?
There are plenty of people I want to work with in future but to be honest I’m more excited to work with the same guys I’ve been working with currently, five years from now and onwards. Coming up with the same people you started with is a different feeling when you’re all together at the top, something I can’t wait for.
Shoutout to my mum for keeping my head straight and my siblings for playing MTV everyday when I was a kid, I took notes, now it’s about to take us a long way.
‘ON THE LOW’ by Perry P will be out on all streaming platforms on 4th June, 2021.