Just to get a bit more information from you: who/what is Pixey?
Pixey is a solo project that I started last year. I started writing and producing everything on a laptop in my bedroom and when I started out I only had my guitar to work with, so I ended up playing all the instruments on the tracks. Everything heard on my songs, including the bass, is played on guitar. Although I write and play everything when I’m recording, I’ve got a four-piece band behind me when I’m playing live.
What’s the latest release you’ve been working on – and what does it say about you?
I released my first single Young last year, which I wrote entirely for a bit of fun and didn’t think too much of it. If it says anything about me, it would probably be that I really do love to do nothing and sit indoors all day. I’m now working on my first EP which I’m hoping to release around April.
Did you have any particular artists in mind as an influence when you started out? What about them do you think you’ve taken into your music?
I’m a really big fan of Mac Demarco and George Harrison, but I also admire Grimes, so I wanted their influence on my sound to meet somewhere in the middle. I’ve always loved Mac Demarco’s carefree lyrics, which definitely influenced what I wanted to write about when I started out. I also thought the gritty guitar riffs and upbeat feel of George Harrison’s album All Things Must Pass was something I wanted to recreate in my own way. That album really changed the way I saw music. But, on a completely different tone, I always looked up to Grimes for pushing the boundaries with her contemporary and pop edge.
Why is music important to you?
Music is important to me because anyone can identify with a song, album or artist. It’s a completely universal language that gives you the freedom of who and what you want to be.