Chit Chatting with Singer Peppina

 

Written by Jill Sheets

Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing 21 year-old singer/songwriter, Peppina. Her first EP was  Follow Your Gravity, which was released around two years ago. Now her new EP, Spark, will be released on June 23rd. Read on and learn more about her, her music, and how old she was when she wrote her first song.


R: Tell us about yourself and how you got your start singing.

P: I’m a 21-year-old singer and songwriter from Helsinki, Finland, but I recently moved to Brooklyn, New York. As long as I can remember, I’ve always been very interested and passionate about music (it started with ten years of classical flute), but I really got into singing and writing when I found the online art platform, hitRECord, and started sharing my music there at the age of sixteen.

R: Tell us about your upcoming EP Spark and when it will be released.

P: Spark is a package of energy, power, and message. It’s sort of a launching pad, the first chapter of my releases this year. It’s an introduction to a new kind of Peppina, stronger and more powerful than before. It’ll be released on June 23rd!

R: What is your favorite song from this EP and why?

P: They’re all my favorite for different reasons, but probably “Fire” is my real favorite. It’s a very personal song that I think carries a very important message: there are always reasons to get up and keep going.

R: Tell us about EP Follow Your Gravity.

P: Follow Your Gravity was the first EP I released independently two years ago. It tells about the time and mindset I was in back then, what it was like to start on this journey, and how much courage and sacrifice it took just to dare to take the first step.

R: Where can people get your music?

P: Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, Apple Music, Amazon, Bandcamp…make your pick, it’s out there!

R: You write your own music. How do you come up with the idea for your songs and what is your writing process? Do you start with the words?

P: Everything I write is heavily based in my own life experiences and values. I often like to think about what would I want to tell my 13-year old self – it’s very important to me that each song carries a message of some kind. As far as the process, sometimes I’m just struck with inspiration and a song is born within minutes, sometimes it’s a co-writing session where we sort build the song together step by step in a few hours. Almost always it’s idea and theme first, and then the music and lyrics just happen together.

R: When did you start to write your own music and what was your first song about?

P: I wrote my very first song at six years old, but that was more of just a melody so I’m not sure if it counts. I started writing instrumental music when I got my piano at the age of ten. I remember the first song I wrote then – I can’t remember what it was called, but I remember it was about happiness.

R: What are five things that you have never done before that you want to?

P: 1) Skydiving 2) Going on a world tour 3) Taking six months just for aimless and carefree traveling 4) learn how to play a brass instrument 5) learn how to surf.

R: What has been your best memory so far?

P: Oh wow, what a question! I have a very good memory, so there’s too many to pick from. You’d have to be more specific (favorite childhood memory/favorite musical memory/favorite family memory, etc). Most of my favorite memories are usually just simple moments I miss from my childhood, or fun times with my family during our travels.

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart?

P: UNICEF does incredibly important work, as well as WFP. On a more grass-root level, I recently started collaborating with ASPCA to prevent and help with animal abuse issues in America, and I think they’re doing a fantastic job.
R: It is not easy being a teenager. What advice would you give them in general?

P: 1) Be kind, and be patient 2) Embrace and appreciate all the things that make you you 3) Never forget that you can do and be whatever you set your mind to, so don’t be afraid to dream!

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

P: 1) I’m a vegetarian 2) I love comics 3) I used to draw a LOT, and still do some 4) I love playing video games, especially adventure/RPG types 5) I don’t like olives.

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

P: Probably the one you just asked about what’s my best memory! Too many to choose from!

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses? Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

Official website: www.peppinamusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peppinamusic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/peppinamusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UC_ 9gHGSmfOmvc7osu6Sv6Fg
Twitter: ww.twitter.com/peppinamusic
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ peppinamusic

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

P: Thank you for reading, and hope to see you around!

R: Peppina, thank you for the interview. Have a great day.

P: My pleasure. You, too!

 

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