I caught up with radiant performer Preyah to chat about why music has always been her main love, writing processes and the best advice she wished she gave to her younger self.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
Honest, unconventional, fresh
What made you decide that music is the right path for you?
I kinda always knew, but the first time I really, really, realised it was when I was 16 years old and for the first time had the opportunity to meet people who also love music, love making it and performing it, because before that, where I was growing up, I was not able to find anybody, sharing the same interest around me. So when I found those people, we immediately started a band together. That’s when my days started to become the same as I imagined them, I was able to do what I love all day long and I knew I wanna live like this.
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
It differs. Sometimes some melody and lyrics pop-up in my head, I write them down or record them on my phone, go to my fellow producer Denis and we (mostly he) develop the instrumental around it. Sometimes he gives me some beat that is almost ready, I write for it and then we arrange the track together. In some instances I come up with some chords on the piano and then write a melody and lyrics, after which me and the beatmaker develop the instrumental together. But lately I’ve been studying how to operate with Ableton and it’s been super inspiring, so maybe some of my upcoming songs will be fully produced by me. 🙂
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
I would loooooooove to collaborate with Pharrell Williams! He is so, so talented, I love his projects, I love his point of view, his musical thought and I’m sure I’m gonna learn tons of life-changing information working with him. Also I just wanna chat with him, get a little philosophical, then joke a bit, you know, in my mind we are already friends.
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
Actually, my whole upcoming EP is advice for my younger self. I had a lot of time for
retrospection and self-exploration during the first months of the quarantine and I managed to dig out some interesting stuff about myself. The EP really sums them up and serves as a conversation platform for me and my younger self – the teenage Preyah. I’m telling her to keep going, to know that despite the setbacks there is something big waiting for her if she just keeps going forward, keeps moving. I’m also telling her to start appreciating herself and her time, to realise it’s precious and to stop giving it to people and situations that don’t deserve it.