What is your name?
My name is Penny Eau 🙂
What is your genre of music?
Short answer – pop.
Give us a little bio about you.
I was born in St. Louis, USA and never felt at home. I’d always been very musical and had been writing and recording for a few years already, so I moved to Liverpool when I was 18 to study at Paul McCartney’s university LIPA. It was like coming home for the first time and I’ve come to see Liverpool as just as much of a hometown as St. Louis. It was then that my releases started to refine my “voice,” I released an EP that served as a sort of introduction into my world. After I graduated, I moved to Norway to steep myself in another culture, another music scene and once again found a home in the subtle pastels of the mountains and the clean Scandi pop. I released a follow-up EP that felt like an answer to the first, an evolution. I’ve recently moved to Los Angeles to get ready to release my first full-length solo album.
What made you go into music?
The connection of it all – connection to self, the divine, to others. I’ve always felt when I really lost myself in a piece of music, whether singing or playing the piano, that this must be something Else, some kind of divine pouring into me. That as always opened the door to introspection – I’ve always felt like music was inviting me into the corners of my mind that didn’t feel safe in the silence. And there’s the connection to others – whether that’s hearing lyrics and feeling like “this songwriter is describing my situation perfectly right now” or the feeling of being in a huge crowd of people, all gathered for the same passioin and the same love.
Who are your influences?
Kanye is without a doubt the artist I’ve clocked the most listening hours with and am most deeply influenced by. I grew up listening to a funny spectrum – Kanye and Eminem were my favourite artists, but I also grew up performing in theatres so I feel I’ve got a musical theatre influence to my writing. Right now, I’m really steeping myself in female artists as I’m writing my album, loving Tove Lo, Kali Uchis, Doja Cat, Jorja Smith, PinkPantheress!
Are you signed?
Currently a one-woman show but always eager to go new places!
You are set to release your new single ‘Lavender & Gasoline’, tell us more about the single.
Lavender & Gasoline is a bouncy, playful anthem tapping into the dichotomies of an open relationship.
What is the meaning behind the single?
I was in an open relationship at the time that felt so GOOD – it felt both like I had someone completely safe to trust and relax into, but he wasn’t ever trying to control me, my life, my desires. The phrase “bound and free” came to mind first, that we were loyal to one another but still independent. I wanted to explore those opposing forces and sonically give it the playful energy that this relationship had.
What was the writing and recording process like?
Writing this one was one of those “touches with the divine” type of creations – once I started, the lyrics just flowed out. I had realized in being in this relationship that I didn’t see a lot of representation for this kind of relationship in the media, so I was excited to put words to experiences for my other open loves out there.
I wrote the whole song on the piano and then took it to my frequent collaborator Adrian Brown to transform it into the song you hear now – but it certainly wasn’t a linear process. We tried SO many different choruses before we landed on this one. It started pop punk, with really snappy drums, before we went for that big 808 feeling we’ve got now.
Describe the track in two words.
Bouncy and playful!
Who did you work with on the single?
I wrote this one by myself, produced it with Adrian Brown, inspired by the healthiest relationship I’ve ever been in. Haha.
Will we see a Music video for ‘Lavender & Gasoline’, what can we expect from the creative process?
I hope so! Since the song has a casual feeling I’m eager to make a video that’s equally light-hearted. I’ve got a few ideas and I think I’ve just found a director who shares the vision, so update to come!
We are also expected to see a new EP can you tell us more what to expect from it and who you worked with?
The upcoming album has been a deep exploration of self – my previous longform releases have all been joint with other artists and this is the first one that’s just myself. As it was taking that tone I realised I wanted that to be the experience for the listener as well – that this album be something of a meditation, a safe space to explore your edges. I’ve worked with a handful of producers to give each track its own flavor, I wanted this album to be dynamic.
Describe the EP in one sentence.
A pop meditation exploring self-healing.
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
Yes! I’m playing in Los Angeles the 4th of May and St. Louis the 28th of May.
What else can we expect in 2022?
As far as releases, you’ll get this album, and potentially a joint album I’ve made with Patrick Perez as well! And come summertime lots of opportunities to come dance with me in person
Will we see any collaborations and if so, can you tell us more about them?
Yes! A British rapper makes an appearance on the album…but you’ll have to wait to hear who.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully a better version of what I’ve got now! I’ve only recently settled into a career path that’s felt like it suited me after a few years of acting out of survival, so right now I’m not looking for drastic change, just continuous growth and evolution.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Right now there’s a Norwegian saying that’s been running through my head: «ikke ta sorgene på forskudd,» and it means “don’t take the sorrows in advance.” It can be so easy to catastrophize and fall into a negative spiral of “what-ifs” so I’ve been keeping this idea in mind, to not create a problem that isn’t even present in reality yet.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1 – my “sippycup”, a little voice steamer that doesn’t mess my makeup up. Steam is the best thing, especially if we’re playing night after night!
2 – my in-ear monitors. Even at small venues, I really feel best wearing them for both the practical (hearing protection), and there’s something very psychological about it for me. Once my ears are in and the noise is shut out, I feel suited up and focused.
3 – loads of snacks. I normally eat in between sound check and the show, usually sushi or a baguette!
4 – water bottle. A given yes, but I drink an absolutely insane amount of water.
5 – tripods for my phone/cameras! I keep getting so in the zone that I forget to take BTS at the actual show though, I’m working on it haha.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?