QUAILS is the solo project of Sydney based singer, songwriter, producer Amy Pes.
From a background spanning indie/alternative through to being one third of electronic popsters Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Pes has collaborated with a number of electronic/dance artists including Tom Piper, Purple Sneakers, Jordan F, Skin & Bones and Barretso.
Now, QUAILS is set to take off with a six-track self-titled debut EP that brings together an ambient blend of dark pop with R&B undertones, glimmering synths, bold beats and emotive soul-infused vocals.
I have occasionally included in my lyrics themes around flight, and flying away. In one of the tracks on my EP there is a lyric “I’m a dark dirty bird, you can hold me down, but I’ma fly“. So when it came to working out a name for the project, I kept coming back to certain types of bird names and for me Quails was particularly striking. Some species of quails are also super stunning, so you know, if the shoe fits (¬‿¬)
I haven’t actually performed solo as yet! But I think in terms of everything else, and writing and recording, there is a whole lot more freedom to doing it on your own. It’s kind of like your call on everything, you don’t need to check in or compromise on anything with anyone. While that sounds great, there is also the downside of not really having anyone else to bounce off, or to motivate you and share your ideas with.
Fantastic! It was great to have the guys take the track on a journey they felt it should follow. There were some really tasty and varied remixes, all of which I love listening to! I had someone say to me that they play the remix EP while at the gym, and that the don’t care that it’s the same song remixed 4 different ways they love it!
You’ve already received a fair amount of crucial acclaim and commercial success with your debut single, does this make you feel any pressure going forward?
It’s all quite moody and emotive music, but each song is different and varied: one track is quite anthemic, another utilises more of a looped vocal which plays around with pitching. There’s definitely a lot going on but it’s all carries its own vibe.
It was my debut release as a solo artist, so I wanted to have it bold and succinct. Being self-titled, it keeps it minimal and keeps the focus on the music itself.
I have never really been strict on myself when writing. Sometimes I will sit down and write a whole bunch of lyrics and fit it to music later, but more often than not, I play around with an instrumental and build a melody, then workshop the lyrics.
I have no solid plans! I would like to hopefully tour, or jump on some festivals or fun support slots. I am writing my second EP currently, so I will just keep forcing my music on the world until they take it!
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