Interview – Presley Duyck

I recently included Presley Duyck’s track Juliet in an round=up article I wrote about underground music. It’s a great track and Presley is obviously very talented, so I decided it would be a good opportunity to do an interview with her. See how I got on below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new single titled Juliet. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Juliet is an indie-folk rock song that follows the love story of Juliet and her mystery boy. It’s about wanting to run away with someone, and trying to decide if the scary leap is worth it! The narrator of the story (me) is begging her to go find him and be with him, but the only one that can make that decision is Juliet. It can be purchased digitally or streamed anywhere you listen to music! Just search Juliet by Presley Duyck and you should be able to get your hands on it.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album/EP anytime soon?

That was the original plan! I had a collection of songs with a title ready and everything, but after much consideration, I’ve been slowly releasing each song as an individual single. I would love to release a full EP or album soon, but I want it to be the best body of work I can make, so I’m going to take my time!

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Writing and recording are two entirely separate steps for me when it comes to making a song. Usually, I write for a long time, and several different songs come out of that. Then, when I feel really good about what I have down for the bones of the song (I think the song needs to stand well without any fancy production), then I go to my producer’s studio and start the recording process. A lot of the magic happens collaborating in the studio, so I love staying flexible and open to changing stuff, but for the most part, I feel like the songs already know what they are by recording time. I am so lucky to have the best producer, Chris Garcia. He completely understood my vision from day 1 and is not only a genius, but so fun to work with.

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Definitely! I have several ready to go, I’m just trying to spread out releases, which is SO HARD. Patience is not my virtue, so I am ready to just drop everything I have. Soon though!

You’re from Dallas. What is the music scene like there at the moment and are there any local band/artists you can recommend?

I grew up going to tons of live music as a little girl and credit that for a lot of my love of music. It felt like I got to be around rockstars all the time because my parents had fundraisers with live music to raise money for heart defect research, and so I idolized those bands. Gary Kyle Music, Jon Christopher Davis, and Johnny Cooper raised me! Check them out!

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I’ve always said super strong female voices have influenced me – Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Lady Gaga, Alanis Morissette, the list goes on. They tell stories in their own unique way and demand to be heard, and so I’ve always looked up to them. There are lots of Fleetwood Mac influences, as well as The Beatles in my music. I want my music to have that nostalgic feeling. Lately, I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift’s re-releases! I think she is such a good role model in the industry and it’s amazing to watch her champion her work the way she is with Taylor’s Version. On the other side of the spectrum, I’ve been listening to Anderson .Paak’s Malibu album a ton lately. There are absolutely no skips.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Yes and no! It’s thanks to the pandemic cancelling all of my plans in life that I started writing music and started pursuing my singer-songwriter dreams, so I am grateful for that. At the same time, it is just different creating in a time where live music isn’t really happening. I’m really glad things are starting to open up!

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not at the moment, but Dallas, keep an eye out!

What can people expect from one of your gigs and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

I think you can expect a fun time at one of my gigs. I love to talk with the audience and I make lots of bad jokes in between songs. I’m super excited to get to play my original stuff for live audiences, since I haven’t gotten to do that because of the pandemic! Also, expect some fun covers

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you for supporting me and tuning in! It really means the world, and I just want to make a difference with my music. Let’s be friends! Follow me on social media (my Instagram is where I’m most active, @presley.duyck) and let’s stay connected!