After cementing herself with a flurry of fresh and dynamic releases this past year, emerging artist PHEA has returned once again to offer up her shimmering new single 'Breaking Bones'.
Lifted from her newly unveiled debut EP 'Healing Hearts', which is available to stream now, 'Breaking Bones' makes for a wonderfully rich and enigmatic listen. Filled with bold and pulsing textures, a soaring atmosphere, and her own captivating voice at the helm, she certainly feels like a name we are going to be hearing a lot more from in the months ahead.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with her to find out more about her background and what has inspired her most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
I’d say it is the piano, even though I started playing the flute first. I took lessons and played classical piano when I was younger. Later, I focused more on writing pop music on the piano. Now I love playing classical pieces again, it calms my mind.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I’ve always liked listening to a lot of different music. I’ve been told that when I was really young, I wouldn’t ever stop singing to Taylor Swift and Disney in the car. But I really remember loving to listen to Bon Iver and Daughter. In my early teens, I discovered Nirvana as well as Radiohead.
What was the first album you remember owning?
I think it must have been a Disney Soundtrack. Although, the first Album/CD I remember being is Avril Lavigne.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
“Everything In Its right Place” by Radiohead or anything written by Thom York.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Actually, no. I just start and somehow end up with a song. It's different every time. Sometimes I write something full in my head and later produce it. Sometimes It's just randomly think or write down. I like to start with piano or guitar sometimes, but lately, I’ve loved just making sounds and adding them to a production to add vocals and lyrics at last. If there is one thing I always take inspiration from, it's pictures and colour. I have Synesthesia, when I have the time, I like transforming emotions I feel into colours on paper whenever I am not sure what I am feeling but have the need to write about it. Composing inspired by colours and emotions is how I compose most harmonies and chords for my songs.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I’ve been listening to a a lot of Sev Dalia, FKA Twigs, Flume and Arca. I really love Taylor swifts “Midnights” Album at the moment.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
I do really like performing and connecting with other people over music, but for me, it's always been about creating art, turning emotions into sound and expressing myself in ways I couldn’t otherwise.
And what is the most frustrating part?
I’d say it's how harsh the industry can be. There is no blueprint to success or just being able to support yourself with your art. But I’d say that is the challenge of being in any part of the creative industry. If it is visual arts, film, writing or music.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
If you are making music for anyone but yourself then you are doing something wrong.
PHEA's new single 'Breaking Bones' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.