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INTERVIEW: Alternative Singer-Songwriter Pawla

Hi Pawla, Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

– Great, it means so much to have you take an interest in my EP.

What was the journey like to your new album Heartless?

-It was a hard journey. I loved writing it and making it because I was expressing myself through the lyrics. While writing “heartless” I was dealing with some person issues so I was in a pretty bad place emotionally and mentally. I tried to fit all of that into my lyrics. I want people to be able to connect, especially teenagers that are dealing with their own things.

What’s the story behind the title?

-The meaning behind the title comes from the song itself “heartless” which took me a long time to write. It holds a special place in my heart. I really let lose in that song. “Heartless” comes from heartbreak and depression. After a while of having pain I  kind of ended up feeling heartless in the sense that I was broken. I didn’t feel like myself, I transferred a lot of pain into that song but I personally think it’s a gem. The song heartless was also a “one take” song where I sung it once and it sounded very raw and real so me and my producer decided to leave it after singing it just once. The rawness of it is what I love about it.

How was the recording and writing process?

-The writing part was difficult but also easy for me because I’ve been writing my whole life. I write everything down, all my thoughts and feelings and that helps me get through my days. The whole album is based off heartbreak and fighting through dark times. While writing the album I really tried to convey that through all my songs in a different way. The recording process was very fun but also a lot of work. My producer Art Wnorowski did an amazing job making beats to fit my lyrics and the vibe we wanted to portray. It took some sessions and hard work but it all payed off.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

Chicago is such a beautiful yet violent place. There’s so much violence and criminal activity but it’s a gorgeous place. It’s very two sided. That’s kind of how my music is, it’s two sided. My lyrics can sometimes be a bit out there and shocking but the music itself is beautiful.

As someone who knows three languages – how does this knowledge helps you with your music?

-Since I come from 3 different cultures all at the same time I’m constantly around different music. Speaking these three languages also gives me a bit of an accent and some of the words I sing sort of show that I don’t only speak english, which is pretty cool.

What aspect of society did you get to explore on this record?

I got to explore society in general as a whole. Especially a fake society. I’m a teenager and living in this time can be so difficult. There’s a lot of fake everything, everywhere. People portray such a perfect image for themselves especially online but it’s usually just a hoax. People don’t let others see the side of them that’s actually themselves. They bs people with fake personas. I really hoped to give a really real and authentic vibe from my music and not put up a fake happy perfect front because I think we need more of that in society, more realistic things. Just be yourself and be different, It’s so much better than following so many other people just to fit in when it’s not who you are.

What made you want to deep dive into this very dark topics?

What made me dive deep into these dark topics is myself. I find myself in a dark space with thoughts that are overwhelming. Life happens and a lot of difficult tasks are thrown in your path. You can be sucked into a dark state of mind that takes over your life where you’re constantly sad or thinking about something. I’ve seen it in all teenagers not just myself. I always call myself “unknown” it’s a part of me because nobody knows me truly. Nobody knows a single thing and that can be very difficult. That’s also another deep dark feature to all of it. I am unknown because nobody really knows my mind. But that’s also why I want my audience to connect. We are all unknown to others. I really hope that my audience feels connected through my lyrics and know that they aren’t alone in anything and that there’s so many people out there that struggle just like they do.

How did you get to balance the dark aspect of the songs with the much uplifting tone?

It’s not always easy for me to balance the dark aspects and the light aspects especially when I sit down and write and I’m in a sad mood. My producer helps by making my beats lighter so that my lyrics are what stick out as the “dark” aspect. Usually what I write reflects my feeling and what’s going on in my mind and it’s usually not a very happy place.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I get inspiration from everything and nothing at the same time. I can see a word somewhere and use it in a line that fits perfectly. My main inspiration, as weird as it sounds, is my sadness. It’s what makes me feel connected to the music. It helps me deal with it. I get inspired from pictures, weather, setting, other people’s music, genuinely everything. I also get a lot of inspiration from my favorite artists like Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey, Lil Peep and so many others.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ve always dreamt about traveling the world so hopefully one day I’ll get to do that while doing what I love most which is singing. Tour would be incredible. I love going to concerts, it’s such an experience and you get to connect with the artist on a different level. So if that does happen it would be a dream come true. As of right now, I’ll keep pushing and working hard towards that here in Chicago and hopefully in the near future LA.

What else is happening next in Pawla’s world?

I already have ideas for 2 whole different albums. It sounds crazy but my mind never stops producing these ideas. I love creating so much so its genuinely what I live for. I these these ideas that I have a really cool and bold but as of right now I just need to digest everything that’s happening. Even dropping this EP is such an accomplishment for me because music has been my dream since I was little. Seeing my name in Apple Music and all the other platforms makes me so emotional and I can’t wait for the next steps. I’m not completely sure when these ideas will take in effect but hopefully in the very near future. I can’t ever see myself not making music or art in general. It’s who I am.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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