Dream-Punk Artist, P!PEllA, Writes Music From Her Experience With Mental Illness

Please introduce yourself, what you do, why you do it, and what you want people to know about you.

Hi! I´m P!PEllA. I am a 23-year-old dream-punk artist and professional lyricist from Houston, Texas. I just released my first and second singles in 2021 and I actually just graduated with a Masters in Global Entertainment and Music Business from Berklee College of Music Valencia in July.

I make music for a few reasons. I have always had a deep love for storytelling but not the attention span to write a novel, so when I started writing lyrics it felt like the perfect outlet for all of my creativity. Another reason is that I think I have something to say that people can relate to. I have suffered with mental illness my entire life and I know how difficult it can be to find people who relate to the rollercoaster that comes with OCD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more. So, I write music for the people like me who just want to express those emotions but don´t know how to.

What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?

First, I think most people get confused when I call my genre ¨dream-punk¨. It´s a mix of dream-pop and pop-punk, with some influences from around the world so it doesn´t fit directly into any existing genre that I have found. It really fits with my aesthetic, which is kind of modern-royal-core, though it’s pretty much just a lot of black flowy skirts and crowns.

A few things that set me apart is that I write and perform in different languages, mainly English, Spanish and Korean. My EP ¨Danc!ng w/ Anx!ety¨ that is coming out at the end of this year will have my first officially released Korean song, so I am very excited about that. I am also a dancer and I like to incorporate choreography into my songs for music videos and live shows as much as possible.

A fun and unique thing that is coming up is I am hosting a split genre virtual show called ¨Royal Opposites¨ on August 20th! It´s going to be half acoustic folk and half pop-punk.

Describe THAT moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now. Who did you tell first? What has it been like since that moment?

I was 7 years old and watching Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for the first time. The battle scene came on and the most beautiful song I had ever heard started playing. All of a sudden, I had this swelling in my chest and I felt like I could fly or something. It was very overwhelming! I knew that I wanted to chase that feeling for the rest of my life.

I originally wanted to create film scores and I told my mom that. But then I joined my first choir almost immediately after and singing gave me the same feeling that the Battle Song did. So, since then I have always tried to surround myself with music.

I have a kind of image synesthesia so I look for music that lets me see images that I like and that has led me to the genre of music that I am currently making. There have been a lot of ups and downs with self-doubt and fear. I almost quit a few years ago. But then I got to Berklee and I surrounded myself with music and musical people. I was able to feel that swelling in my chest and I never want to even consider giving it up again.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face and how did you overcome it?

Stage fright. I don´t know when it started because I didn´t always have it, but some time in high school I got so scared of going on stage that my legs would shake and I would blackout and not remember what I was doing. I was fine when singing with choirs or with my band but if I ever tried to go solo, I couldn´t do it. Eventually, I thought I was never going to be able to get on stage again and I was so heartbroken. I didn´t start getting over it until I joined a dance crew in college.

Dancing on stage actually helped me start to get more comfortable again. By the end of my senior year in college, I was a choreographer and I had the confidence to get on stage as a singer again. Berklee only helped that further because I was able to make my own music and show it to people who were also musicians and music business hopefuls. Now, I can´t say that the stage fright is totally gone, but I have found a way to use it to make an even more authentic show.

If you had to pick the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could take your career (or business) to the next level…who would those 3 people be?

I would do anything to sit down with Max Martin and get his input and advice. He is one of the most incredible songwriters and producers of modern music and I think even to meet him for 5 minutes would be enough to completely change my life.

From a collaboration standpoint, I´d love to work with Day6. They are a Korean pop-rock band and their music was the soundtrack of my time living in Korea so it would be amazing to get to work with them one day.

I think my last one would have to be someone who might take me under their wing as a mentee and show me their tricks on being awesome, so it would probably be Hayley Williams. She´s just so cool and I think she would give really good insight and constructive criticism.

I mean there are a bunch of artists I would be honored to meet and work with, but I think those three are at the top of the list.

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