Interview: Peri Rae

Hello. We understand that you recently released your new single “In Between”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
I wrote ‘In Between‘ as an ode to how I want to feel about myself and my sexuality. Alicia Keys said that when she wrote ‘Girl On Fire,’ she was at one of the lowest places in her life and did not feel like the girl in the song at all, and so she wrote it to make her feel that way. That’s the same with ‘In Between‘. I had all these overwhelming feelings of shame and internalized biphobia, and so I wrote this song to get those feelings out and to create the reality that I wanted for myself. The title ‘In Between’ I think sums up the problem. Bisexuality is impossible for people to put in a box, and instead of that In Between-ness being a negative, with this song, we’ve turned it into a celebration.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
I’m making classic singer-songwriter music. It has an element of folk, pop, and even country at times. But simply, I’m just a girl with her guitar. I’m really inspired by Ed Sheeran’s first album, his song-writing made so much sense to me. My favourite song in the world is ‘Going to California’ by Led Zeppelin – the way they paint a picture with words is magical. But also the harshness and honesty of Lily Allen’s lyrics – I think I’m a mishmash of all the music I grew up loving. I also have to mention some icons like Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Phoebe Bridgers – who are such epic examples of women in music doing whatever they want, they really make me feel like I’m capable of doing anything. I’m grateful I have such cool artists paving the way.

What have been highlights of your musical journey/career so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
I was so proud that my first release ‘Fair Enough’ got added to New Music Friday UK and Our Generation on Spotify. As an independent artist, these playlists can feel like a bit of a closed shop to artists with top management – so the fact that I got on there with just me on my team, I am so proud of. BBC Introducing have also interview me and I performed three live tracks for them last week. That blew my mind and was definitely the best thing that has ever happened to me. On my bucket list to achieve, would be to create an album that is so epic, that I win a Grammy. Too big?

What plans do you have for the year ahead? How has the year been shaping up so far?
Gigs. Gigs. Gigs. I’ve made all this music and now I just want as many people possible to hear it. I’ve got an EP coming out at the end of April so right now all my attention is focusing on that and the amazing release party I’m planning (watch this space!) I’m still writing lots of music too so I’m hoping to end the year with hundreds of songs to chose from for an (eventual) album.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
I was on a long car journey the other day and had a daydream that I supported Mumford & Songs at Wembley (the crowd loved me.) That would definitely be a dream. Also, my dream live booking is, and always will be, headlining Glastonbury. When I write my songs, I picture performing on that main stage and the audience singing it back to me.

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
I’ve been loving Palace’s new album ‘Shoals’. I think they do it right! It feels how music should, a full sound, not overproduced, just talented people in a room together making something that sounds epic. Also Adrienne Lenker (the lead singer of Big Thief) has an album called ‘songs’ which has the most beautiful song-writing and sound, so I’m listening to that on repeat. Oh, and of course All Too Well (The 10  minute version) ALWAYS.

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