Convo with Presley Duyck

Presley Duyck is a Dallas, Texas-based singer-songwriter; she attempted to establish a band named The Everyday Heartbreakers in kindergarten. 

Presley idolized folk music and classic rock, notably Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac. Her current track is no exception. “My Someone” is a narrative about love, hope, desire, and sadness.

Presley’s diverse musical backgrounds and creative talents combine to create a harmony that producer Chris Garcia calls “music mesmerizing.”

Her tone, independent attitude, and a forceful air of confidence have restored that in-your-face, strong female voice.” 

The instrumentals and production components aid in the telling of this narrative. Nick Lashley is back on guitar, while Chris Garcia produced.

You may read the full of our interview with her below.

1- Where did you come from, where are you based now, and why?

I am a born and raised Texas girl! I’ve lived in Dallas my whole life, went to school in California for a couple of years, and now I’m back in Texas.

2- What first got you into music?

I was a super young age when I was introduced to music. My parents would take me to go and hear local bands play when I was a toddler, so I grew up being comfortable with musicians. I think everyone got a kick out of six-year-old me requesting “Folsom Prison Blues” at a honkytonk bar (kids were allowed, my parents weren’t THAT crazy).

3- Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences are Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, and the Beatles! I really look up to strong women in the music industry and Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, and Lady Gaga.

4- If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I would be remiss not to mention the gender disparity in the music industry and how I think women are treated/disrespected. Taylor Swift talks about this often, how if a man makes a business move, it’s “smart”, but if a woman does the same thing, it’s “calculated”.

5- Do you sing in the shower? What songs?

Ohhhh, yes, I sing in the shower. Right now, it’s a very healthy mix of ABBA and Harry Styles.

6- Who’s your ideal musician to collaborate with, and why?

I would LOVE to collaborate with Harry Styles because I love his sound and the overall vibe of his music. I think it would be a blast to write something with him.

7- What is the message behind My Someone?

I wrote My Someone after listening to my grandma tell me stories about what it was like when my grandfather went off to war and how hard it was to be alone. It made me think about how complicated relationships are and how emotionally complex humans are. You can love someone so much, and miss them, and be sad they are gone, but also be mad you’re alone, and then proud of them from afar – it’s a lot of different feelings! That is what the song is to me.

8- Describe your favourite part about being a musician and what you dislike.

My favourite part about being a musician is connecting with others through sharing emotions. I find songwriting very therapeutic for myself, but when I collaborate with others and release the songs, that is when the magic happens. What I dislike most about being a musician is how vulnerable it is. It’s the most beautiful part of being a musician and the scariest part. When I release a song, it’s giving the public access to my heart and soul.

9- Tell me about your favourite performance in your career.

I’ve gotten to perform at some very cool places with some very cool people, and every moment is unique. Whether a crowd of ten or a theatre of 500, I get butterflies every time!

10- What is next for Presley Duyck?

Be on the lookout for a music video… but more music to come! I’m also an actress and will be playing Sophie Sheridan in Lyric Stage’s production of MAMMA MIA! At the Majestic Theatre in Dallas August 24-28th!

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