Interview – Spence Paull

I recently covered Spence Paull’s song When I’m Lonely in a feature article about Canadian artists. She has a wonderful sound to her music, so if you haven’t checked her out yet, make sure you listen to the track at the end of this interview!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled When I’m Lonely, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song, and where can it be purchased?

The song was born out of a text I received from an old fling after 6-months of no contact: “Just checking in and hope you’re okay”. Within seconds, my mind went back to all of the good times we shared, and completely forgot about why I ended things. If I’m honest, it was just after the holidays, I was feeling a bit lonely, and immediately I knew I had to write a song about what I was experiencing. I think we’ve all been here – you think back fondly on someone from your past, even though you know going back to them is not in your best interest. Thus was born When I’m Lonely. The song can be purchased through all of your favourite streaming services and platforms!

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

If anything, it helped to provide me space to just create. Of course, there were times when I wasn’t as inspired as I would have liked to be, but ultimately it afforded me more time to put my head down and work!

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It differs per track, to be completely honest. For this track, I wrote the music and lyrics first then moved into the production phase, where I brought in my production partner (Ty Lowe) to help with writing the horn lines. More recently, however, I’ve tried to take a less linear approach to pieces: I’m in the process of recording a single that started by writing the second verse, then the chorus, then the bridge, then the first verse!

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

Yes!! I am planning on releasing two more singles this year, as well as an EP, Dear Mistress.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

I have! The EP I’m working on now, Dear Mistress, has been in the works since 2019. What started as a single I wrote on a whim turned into an entire concept album that chronicles a musician’s relationship with music, but to be completely honest, any listener would hear it and think it was about a person, which I love — everyone can hear in it what they’d like to!

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

Life is inspiring: the important relationships in my life, where I live, what I read or listen to — I wish I could narrow down where inspiration comes from, but it’s so random. Of course, other artists also play a huge role. Most recently, I’ve been listening to a lot more R&B, which is already influencing some of my new work.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

I’m based in Vancouver, Canada, but spend a ton of time traveling (now that we can!) The Vancouver music scene is diverse – there’s truly something for everyone. I’m definitely inspired by the city, but I find I’m more inspired when I leave my familiar surroundings. Even if that’s exploring new areas of Vancouver, I find I’m influenced by new sights and sounds.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

None lined up just yet – now that we’re starting to get a handle on the pandemic, touring is definitely something I’d like to get in the books!

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

The sheer energy that comes from the musicians I’m fortunate enough to share the stage with is infectious – the music truly gets in your bones, and you can’t help but dance around. As well, I love interacting with the fans; they’re the reason I’m on stage, so I love to show them my appreciation from the stage.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you all so, so, so much for your continued support! This year is going to be BIG, and I cannot wait for you all to hear what’s coming up. I love you all more than you’ll know.