SYDNEY ARTIST ‘PEARL’ TAKES SOME TIMEOUT TO CHAT WITH US ABOUT WHO SHE IS, MUSIC COMING INTO HER LIFE AND LATEST SINGLE ‘HONEYMOON SUITE’! GIVE IT READ RIGHT HERE!

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What is your name?  
Pearl Herbert 

What is your genre of music? 
Alternate Pop

Give us a little bio about you. 
I am a voice artist, musician and actor. I’ve been doing voiceovers since the age of 4 and have been acting since I landed my first job in Puberty Blues when I was 14. I then went on to do Home and Away and a number of other things including playing a Princess in the musical Sinbad The Sailor which toured Malaysia. I started writing music from the age of  4 and have embarked on a long journey to get to alternate pop. Dabbling in EDM,  electronica, folk and rock.  

What made you go into music? 
It was less about what made me do it and more that I didn’t see myself doing anything else. I grew up in a household of musicians and artistic types. My dad had always been a  performer and voice artist, so I followed in his footsteps, my mum is also a singer and my brother is a DJ/producer. I started writing songs at the age of 12. My mum made me learn piano at a very young age and I remember absolutely hating it but she would always say I needed to be able to write my own songs, so thanks, Mum! I was met with a chuckle if I ever uttered the word university. I ended up dropping out of school to pursue my performing career, which wasn’t a hard sell. So yeah not the most conventional upbringing. A blessing and a curse haha. 

Who are your influences? 
I’m a big songwriting nerd so I look up to people like Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Tim  Minchin, Missy Higgins, Foy Vance and even Some of Jason Mraz’s earlier catalogue. 

Are you signed? 
Nope! I’m available but you’ll have to buy me lunch first. 😉

You released your new single ‘Honeymoon Suite’, tell us more about the single. 
The funny story about why it’s called honeymoon Suite is because an ex of mine and I  went on a trip through the Deep South and me being a stickler for plans insisted we book ahead, he of course insisted we didn’t. Upon arrival into this tiny little town that only occupied either side of a river that ran straight through it, I noticed neon signs blaring “no vacancy” everywhere and the only room left in the town was…. the honeymoon suite.  *eye roll* haha.

What is the meaning behind the single? 
It’s bittersweet. It’s about preserving all the beautiful moments from a relationship that went sour. Storing all the memories in an empty compartment in my mind somewhere probably under A for asshole but at the end of the day, they just take up space and you gotta let that stuff go.  

What was the writing and recording process
like? It was a journey! That’s for sure. Initially, I wrote the lyrics as a completely different song on my guitar. I went into the studio with Budo (my writing and production partner) and at the time we were trying to explore a new sound different to the indie rock stuff I’d been making. He had made this groove which was super fun and I managed to make the words fit into a new melody around what he had done. It was good but we kind of lost perspective on it and parked it whilst we wrote other songs.   Eventually, we revisited when we took a collection of songs to Oscar (Mel Blu) to finish off and we had Kirin J Callinan to come in and put some guitar solos on some of them. At the end, I said can you just have a listen to this and see if we can’t do something with  Honeymoon Suite. After listening he declared that song was his favourite, and Bu and I  were so chuffed it gave us the confidence to finish it off. It honestly became my favourite song as well. Maybe not anymore after listening to 2938488282 times. Haha. 

Describe the track in two words. 
Sassy and audacious  

Who did you work with on the single? 
Budo Miller, Oscar Sharah, Kirin J Callinan 

Will we see an EP or Album this year and if so, what can we expect from it?  
There will be an EP sometime next year. I’m sitting on a bank of songs right now that I  can’t wait to release.

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