Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Banshees”?
I’m happy to finally release this song. It’s a special song for me, one of the rare tracks I didn’t write alone and I believe there is something special about it.
I like that repetitive rythm on the verse, that pattern. It’s hard for me to talk about my own songs, but I really love playing this one.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was in a huge and isolated house when I wrote it, with my friend Delphine (aka Barbara Wolf) who also played bass and did the backing vocals on the upcoming EP and record. We worked hard to figure out the song and joked about the strange atmosphere in the house. This is how I came up with the idea of the banshees and how I built the lyrics inspired by this eerie vision.
Tell us about the upcoming video for the single?
I was in that same house during the summer, with my cousins and nephews and we played around with cameras. At some point my cousin thought it could be fun to make a video for my new single and we started brainstorming. I told him I wanted to stick to that mysterious atmosphere and make a dreamy/moody video. So we made strange masks with cardboard, simple costumes and my little nephews and I went from there. We filmed for three days in the woods around the house, at night, in the fields and on the road.
I was not sure how it would turn out in the end; we are not film makers and had zero gear besides our cameras! But when I edited the images on the music it looked weird in a mellow kind of way. And I thought I had exactly the right video for this song.
The single comes off your new EP Today – what’s the story behind the title?
This record embodies a change and expresses something more intimate. A new start maybe? Or at least a different path. I liked the word ‘today’ as the expression of a starting point: “today, is the day I start something new.”
How was the recording and writing process?
It took me two years to write the songs. This record is basically about an impossible relationship and constant breakups. It’s a mixture of personal and non personal stuff; sometimes it’s about me, sometimes it’s not but it could have been.
I had much more songs in the beginning but we narrowed them down. Some were far too cheesy! haha! I recorded a lot of demos then sent stems to the other members of the band so they could write their parts and help with the arrangements. When I started talking with Jay, we dove deeper in the structures and changed a few details to prepare for the recording. We tracked at my country house in the south of France, we did all the takes with him, in ten days.
What was it like to work with Jay Pellicci and how did that relationship develop?
It was a lot of fun, he is a very sweet guy. He recorded some friends of mine a super long time ago and for some reason I came across their album when I was looking for an engineer. So I wrote him and Jay really loved the songs and sent me a very long email with a lot of comments about them that really appealed to me. So this is how he came to France, and how we made the record!
How much did he get to influence the EP?
I’m not necessarily easy to deal with for a producer because I know how I want my songs to sound like. It’s not about ego or anything, it’s really that I usually have a pretty clear vision, and if I don’t, I believe it’s because the song is not good enough, and I have no problem getting rid of it. Jay coproduced the record, and helped me push the sound a little bit further. He was very precise with the drums and the guitars; he took a lot of time before tracking to make sure we had the right sound for a specific song. He guided us. He was also very good at driving me with the vocals.
What role does Paris play in your music?
I’m not sure Paris plays a special role in my music, but I’m sure you can hear I’m super french! I don’t write in Paris, I usually record demos and write in the country. I’m a bit like a sponge. I am influenced by everything, all the time: my city, my relationships, my friends, the books I read, the records I listen to, the movies I watch. Paris is just a small part of it.
You also get to record in different locations – how did the environment and different cultures influence you?
I believe a record is a little bit like a journal. In this case, the songs express a mental and sentimental travel that I ended up experiencing for real when we recorded and mixed. After we were done with the tracking, I followed Jay to San Francisco. While he was mixing at his studio in Oakland, I would spend days around the city wandering on my own, walking for hours.
I left France for almost a month that summer, heading to SF and then NY, alone, putting the finishing touches to the record.
It was great, not always easy, but I guess the record carries a little bit of this journey.
What aspects of this travel did you get to explore on this album?
There is something sunny about the EP. I don’t really know how it happened. When I was writing the songs, I had a lot of images of California, deserts, huge highways and cars from the seventies.
I think it was the opposite way: it’s not the traveling that made the record, but the record was made of those images. I had to carry the tapes over California and New York to give life to it.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes we have a few concerts here in Europe around the EP release but are focused on a spring tour for the album release.
What else is happening next in Pamela Hute’s world?
Talking about this new EP, a lot, and writing some new songs too.
I’m really excited to share this new record, excited to play the songs live and see how people react.
I’m also really focused on the record label I just created with a friend (www.my-dear-recordings.com). That’s an important part of my life right now; it’s wonderful to share experiences with other bands and help them release beautiful records.