Updated: Aug 3
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I have always felt called to music even being a baby and my dad singing me Loggins and Messina in my crib. I think this was just something I have always felt like a super pull to music, and now it's everything to me. When I was 17 I started playing on the guitar, and writing and it opened up this whole entire new world of processing my emotions, and creating beautiful work from really hard moments of my life
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
One time I got sent an entire bag of weed and 100 bucks in the mail from a fan. She wrote on the bag "Your music heals me, so this is to heal you" it was soooo amazing. It felt like my message was really felt.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I'm going to say the high point thus far is recording my debut album. This whole process has been such an amazing transformation of my sound, and healing for me. I am having so much fun being imaginative and specific with my story and taking these ideas and making them an entire soundscape with such an amazing collaborator has really been thrilling. I can't wait to share the finished product but also the process has really truly been humbling to me. I've dreamed of making an original full length album ever since I was 17 so to see it come to fruition and manifest into reality has been spectacular.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
For me, it's usually me grabbing an instrument and just sitting in silence and letting the words/emotions/music flow. I will view this process like a kid playing in a sandbox. I am opening myself up to the universe and the flow of it all. I follow this melody or lyrical idea down a path, and it's always amazing where it ends up. Sometimes full songs come out, sometimes just a chorus, sometimes just a title, or idea. I honor whatever happened, and save whatever truly managed to pull me and stick around in my mind.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think one of the biggest challenges being an indie is "how do I break through the noise", so many people are writing recording and releasing music today, so how do I set myself apart and how do I make an influence to others? I have been on this road as an indie for the past almost 4 years on a professional level, and I can tell you that confidence is not born overnight, and putting yourself out there, constantly marketing yourself, and sharing yourself isn't easy. Give yourself some grace with that, we all need to honor our past selves a little more. While you are on this journey, always remember where you started, and remember to celebrate every little moment on your way. If your song gets to 1K streams, go celebrate that!!!! A lot of people don't get there so be sure to celebrate yourself. I always get a little extra on Release Days and it's really fun :)
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
My dream would be to open for Regina Spektor. She is such an incredible artist who tells amazing stories, and lets her audience in. She isn't afraid to be vulnerable, and she is one of my hugest influences ever. I find myself getting extremely inspired by her music, and will literally write a new song based off of something she wrote, and I feel this weird cosmic connection with her. That would be an absolute dream.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
It's usually me in my bedroom going live on Tiktok or IG, practicing my patter with the online audience, I find it really helps me feel more sure of myself and prepped for when I actually play live
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
One of the songs off my debut album called Mama was a bit hard for me. I wrote this song sort of in one go, and I kept going back/forth as to if this song needed a chorus. Something about it didn't feel finished, and I kept ruminating and ruminating over it. Over and over. After I gave it some space, I started to think of some other songs by famous artists that didn't have a Chorus and that some songs didn't really need a Chorus. This was a bit shocking for me because I ALWAYS write Choruses. After giving it some space, I realized this song speaks without a chorus, and I thought that was pretty cool.
What's coming up in the future?
I am currently in the middle of recording my debut album set to come out next year under Aurally Records, my new record label. I hope to do a tour with this album, either in Europe or in America or both. I have an EP coming out in September called "sighs of her" which is made up of song seeds from my debut album. These songs were the start of what my debut album was created out of, and I wanted to share them with my listeners to let them in on the process, and to show them it's okay to be vulnerable even when you are sharing music. Originally, I was scared to share these songs, but through this process I find the product of creation and sharing vulnerability really beautiful. I haven't set my plans for Christmas yet but something is definitely coming so stay tuned!
Where can fans can access your music?
Stream on Spotify
About Meghan Pulles
Meghan Pulles reigns as an emo-positive singer-songwriter who heals the world through her lyrical lens. The New Yorker has touched fans across the globe with her music: taking her listeners on a cathartic journey of mental and emotional healing and wellness.
Fore more information about Meghan, please visit her website.