“It’s a very competitive industry but it’s also very rewarding, I learn so much about myself and what I want to achieve in my career. Take time to think about what you want and plan for it, set goals and try to achieve them one by one. You’ll enjoy the journey so much more than if you become an instant X-Factor star.”
– Riley Pearce
I came across Indie singer/songwriter Riley Pearce’s music, whilst on Helen Shanahan’s Facebook page. Helen was a supporting artist at Riley’s recent Perth EP Launch “We Are Fools”. I’m loving the relaxed acoustic feel that Riley brings to his music. Here’s the latest music video and a catch-up with the young artist doing what he loves! You can purchase Riley’s new EP here or head to his Website, Facebook or Triple J Unearthed. You can contact Riley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You launched your EP “We Are Fools” at Ya Ya’s back in June. What was that like for you?
One of the best experiences of my life. Seeing so many people come out to support my music was incredibly humbling and motivating for me to continue on with what I love.
How did it feel when you first found out you’d been featured on Triple J national radio?
I actually got told by Bex (Ruby Boots) who must have been listening to the broadcast because she put a link to that nights playlist up where Sarah Howells had played We Are Fools on her show. I didn’t actually hear the show but I woke up to the good news and had a few fist pumps before I ate my cereal.
What was it like playing alongside Josh Pyke and Lisa Mitchell?
Still can’t believe that happened. Those two are some of my musical idols and being able to play on the same stage was such an honour. It was a perfect gig and I have to admit I was a little starstruck.
I love the song To Be Free on your new EP. Out of the four songs, which is your favourite and why?
I don’t think I have a favourite song. I have a favourite to play (Fierce) especially as a band – we tend to make it 10 x rockier than on the record and it develops its own swagger.
Your music has a very relaxed feel to it, what drew you to this style?
I am a massive fan of acoustic music, a lot of my inspiration comes from acoustic artists and I write most of my music on acoustic guitar so that style comes naturally to me.
Where does your lyrical inspiration come from?
I get a lot of inspiration from other artists, things I notice/see. I want to have more than just superficial lyrics for my songs and really want other people to enjoy my lyrics.
Where was your favourite gig?
I think my favourite gig so far was the second band show I had played. The first one was at the EP Launch and most of the night I was nervous/excited where this one (which was at Clancy’s in Freo) was all excitement and we just went up there and had fun.
Tell us about who plays in the band with you when you perform.
Along with myself I currently have Josh Tan (electric guitar), Shaun Liddell-Jennings (Bass) and Joel Burton (Drums). They’re a great bunch of dudes and I thoroughly enjoy playing with them. Just can’t wait until Josh gets his drivers license.
You’re only 20 years old and have come so far already. What would you tell other young musicians looking to get started?
21 now (just had my 21st) – It’s a very competitive industry but it’s also very rewarding, I learn so much about myself and what I want to achieve in my career. Take time to think about what you want and plan for it, set goals and try to achieve them one by one. You’ll enjoy the journey so much more than if you become an instant X-Factor star.