Blue is the single release for Sonia's forthcoming, four-track EP, Lucky Stars.
Sonia defies expectations of genre. She takes her listeners with her on a journey through the chaotic -electricity' and -turbulence' of a new relationship.
Her combined Pop, RnB and Jazz influences manifest in Blue's overall intensity as a piece, captivating listeners with a unique sound and intriguing subject approach. Sonia's seamless and skillful combination of poetry and melody in Blue is merely a taste of what is to come for the rest of her Lucky Stars EP, and also Sonia as an up-and-coming, new artist.
Sonia's powerful storytelling ability allows listeners to find a bittersweet relatability in the nostalgia of both beautifully and brutally passionate past flames.
Question: How would you describe your music?
Sonia De Pellegrin: My music is a combination of old-school and new-school sound! Pop and RnB vibes with soulful and jazz rhythms and melodies come together to make what I think is a really fresh, yet still familiar sound. The music focuses in on the raw human reaction to things that happen in life, more so than the actual events - I feel like it's music that people relate to on an emotional level through the vibe and the emotion!
Question: What inspired Blue?
Sonia De Pellegrin: Blue was actually inspired by an ex of mine! It was such an insane about of tension and energy between us that was awesome and amazing at the start, but ended up driving me crazy! Blue is just about a super passionate love affair and the way it makes/made you feel - the intensity of the feeling, good or bad, healthy or not!
Question: Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
Sonia De Pellegrin: I feel like it's hard to really stand out in the music industry today... so few people want to discover someone new but everyone wants to jump on an established band-wagon!
Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Sonia De Pellegrin: Yes... I've been writing my own songs since I was 11, so close to 8 years now! My songs are usually emotive responses to things that have happened to me, or people I've met. I don't think I write in a story-telling sort of way, but more along the lines of developing emotion-packed and driven pieces that really dissect the emotional and psychological reactions to things.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Sonia De Pellegrin: I listen to a whole range of artists really just because I love most styles of music, but at the moment my Spotify playlist includes Adele, E^ST, D'Angelo, Tank, Rihanna, Anne-Marie and Anderson Paak! It's so random and changes up all the time!
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Sonia De Pellegrin: I'm releasing my EP 'Lucky Stars' very soon! It's a four-track EP with some of my favourite songs I've written to date! Hopefully lining up a few shows for it as well but that's all TBA!
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Sonia De Pellegrin: Yeah... It's both a blessing and a curse being so young (and female) - everyone tells you "you've got so much time to figure it out" and there are a lot of people who don't give you the time of day just because of your age or the fact that you're a 'young female artist'... which sometimes can really get to you. Some comments hurt more than others but its super important to back yourself when no one else will, and remind yourself that you DO have something to offer!
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Sonia De Pellegrin: They're both so different! Performing live is so much fun, especially with a band. There's an energy and thrill you get from playing for people and having them enjoy it and be entertained, there's also the freedom to do whatever you want and let loose! But... Recording appeals to the perfectionist side of me... i love the potential of recording and being in the studio, and as much as it's draining, i secretly love those endless studio sessions that seem to last forever!
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Sonia De Pellegrin: I don't think there's anyone in particular, but I was a huge Celine Dion fan as a kid... and think I got caught lip-syncing to her in the mirror by my mum more times than I care to admit... I loved the feelings that all her songs stirred up and I've always been a drama queen, so I think an expressive career path was always on the cards for me!
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Sonia De Pellegrin: The age/gender thing! All power to the young girls who have amassed musical success! It's very hard to stop yourself being pigeonholed as a 'young female singer', especially when you want to be wary of not making a name for yourself as a diva *eye roll* for being 'too assertive'.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Sonia De Pellegrin: There are no such things as typical days with me! Every day is some combination of getting up far too early (or way too late), going to University and writing! I take life two weeks at a time!
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Sonia De Pellegrin: Meeting some seriously amazing people! The really phenomenally talented and gifted people in the industry, and also the most hard-working and genuine characters who make both great contacts and great friends! Of course you meet some bad-apples, but the real gems make it so worthwhile!
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Sonia De Pellegrin: I'm a huge Rihanna fan so I'm not even going to pretend like that wouldn't be the best thing ever!
Question: Do you have a website fans can visit?
Sonia De Pellegrin: For now it's the Facebook Page where I post all the latest updates!
Interview by Brooke Hunter