We get to know PASTELLE, a Sydney-based artist with a love of pop and an alluring debut single called ‘Missing Out’.
It’s an intriguing, percussive sub three minute gem that’s friendly, sunshiney and instantly likeable.
We’re especially loving PASTELLE’s layered vocal throughout.
Naturally, we wanted to find out more about the man behind PASTELLE. So we’ve thrown some questions in his direction, which he’s diligently answered for us.
Pop lovers, join us as we get to know PASTELLE.
01. Name : PASTELLE.
02. Where are you based? Sydney.
03. How did you get your start in music? I’ve been writing songs since I can remember!
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Happy, honest, retrospective, introspective, massive nerd.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. My sound developed from an interest in making interestingly different music but still within a catchy pop context with an emphasis on storytelling.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Haha I sang ‘Shine’ by Vanessa Amorosi at a holiday park’s talent quest when I was nine. Actually won surprisingly.
07. Who have been your musical influences? My biggest musical influences would have to be Ron Pope, John Mayer, Gang Of Youths, Lauv and Dagny.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? Haha wow what a big one. I think ‘Hallelujah’ would have to come in at number one. I love that it feels like a collection of short stories interwoven within each other. It’s a masterpiece. Aside from that there’s Ron Pope’s ‘A Drop In The Ocean’, Dagny’s ‘Love You Like That’ and John Mayer’s ‘Gravity’.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Honestly in my earphones while walking or skating. I love when music accompanies you on an activity. It always heightens the experience.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy? Dagney or Lauv.
Sad? Gang Of Youths… they always allow me to feel it all then inspire me to pick myself up again.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Vanessa Amorosi’s ‘The Power’. Such a great album.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I wrote my first song when I was nine… it was called ‘Lonely’… it was about being lonely. Haha just a young Leonard Cohen over here.
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Ooft… well if I could still do something creative, it’d be something in 3D graphics or game development. If completely outside of that… a chef maybe?? I’m not particularly good at cooking but I believe you’ll only be great at things you love and I loooove food. Later in life though I’d love to be involved in astrophysics and cosmology.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Commit fully but never let anything you commit to hold you back. There’s a fine line.
15. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? I honestly love touring. I’m lucky enough to be the Musical Director (band leader and live show creator), pianist and guitarist for some amazing artists like CXLOE, Charley, Carla Wehbe, L-Fresh The Lion and a bunch more. Any shows I get to play and hang with my mates are the highlights of my career.
16. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? Haha I don’t know whether it’s strange necessarily, but it was hilarious to us at the time. Yooooonks ago my band at the time The Blackbird Collective were performing at this TAFE gig and the host of the show could NOT get our name right, bless him. Each set it’d be a different name like “Now introducing The Blackbird Connection!” Or “Please welcome back the Bluebird Band!” It was so good.
17. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Honestly no one. I’m very happy with my life and grateful for my career. If you change a single thing you wouldn’t be where you are this exact second and I wouldn’t risk that for anything.
18. Tell us about your debut release. ‘Missing Out’ is a song I originally wrote back when I was in the aforementioned Blackbird Collective. It’s a song from my former youth. A collection of short stories from myself and those around me with a general theme of love, but acceptance when it’s time to move on.
19. What do your future plans involve? I’ll be writing and releasing more music, including a single with an incredible Aussie icon. I also post acapella covers of flippin’ amazing up and coming Australian artists’ tunes.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? Lollllllllz.