Parmy Dhillon - 10 Questions Interview
Parmy Dhillon is a Melbourne singer-songwriter who delivers powerful music that deals in raw and honest emotion. Heartfelt and real, the singer's voice is perfectly espoused to each song's narrative reminiscent of the great social commentator songwriters, like Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My older brother; he used to always show me different kinds of music when we were younger. He played guitar, and I would watch his band jam and it inspired me to discover more music, write lyrics and start singing.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I'm not sure if anything too crazy has really happened on a public scale, I keep it pretty chill.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Definitely getting the opportunity to write, record and release music.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I never really set out on writing a song. I usually am just practicing guitar and I'll have little pieces and ideas that might come out that sound nice and if I really have a good vibe about them, I'll start to hum a melody and then go from there. Lyrics are the last thing I write; every now and then I might write a few lyrics and turn them into a song, but most of the time I won't bother to write any lyrics unless I really love the vocal melody I'm humming.
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?
Finding an audience in a digital world can be both incredible and a challenge. There is so much content everywhere now, from music, movies, skits and more. We have never had so many options in our lives. As an indie Artist it can be quite a challenge competing with all other media online, but on the flip side the digital tools we have today, have made things a lot easier.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Neil Young- Such an influence on me. A friend once showed me a Neil Young video and I was hooked, inspired me to play acoustic guitar and tell stories.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
If a show or shows are booked, the month leading up to the first show, we will generally ramp up rehearsals. But if I have nothing booked, will try and play guitar daily and write or play with some ideas ,but no real rehearsing of songs. I only feel like rehearsing when something is coming up, otherwise I prefer to work on new songs or ideas.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Something off the This Is Where I'm At EP- a song called "It's ok if you're not ok." I originally wrote it as a letter to myself, a song about mental health. It's pretty raw and open, and it made me feel vulnerable and I still have not performed it live yet, but it's a great song and I love it.
What's coming up in the future?
A couple cool projects I've been working on during Covid, working on Volume 2 of the current EP and a short film I've been writing for awhile.
Tell us where fans can access your music?