Dallas-based singer-songwriter, Presley Duyck is an artist whose musical journey began when she was in kindergarten. Presley grew up admiring leading rock ladies, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac. Her music is uniquely nostalgic, almost as if encompassing all of the 80s Rock ladies and channelling the energy through the unique sound of Presley Duyck.
Juliet is such a cheerful love story of a young lady, namely Juliet, encouraging her to go off on her journey of love. Everything about Juliet hits different parts of me as I listen to it. I can’t lie, it really hits close to home with how Presley makes it sound so intimate. Her vulnerability is not hidden away but accentuated by the instrumental. The acoustic setup for the instrumental really gives it this folksy Mumford & Sons vibe crossed with strong vocals similar to those of Joni Mitchell or Stevie Nicks. I love the atmosphere that Presley Duyck creates with her interesting instrumentation. The drums are a joy to listen to in ragtime as the backing vocals create a haunting atmosphere. The lyrics and beauty of Presley’s voice combine to create a perfect combination of sensitive passion that Presley strives for.
We were able to score some more information off of Presley herself. Read on down below for the interview!
How important is music to you in your daily life?
Music is so important to me in my daily life! It’s integral to who I am. I’d say a day without music is a sad day that I want no part of. But, even on the saddest days, you know I’m listening to sad music! If I’m not spending at least an hour dabbling on an instrument or singing of some sort, I am looking for new music to listen to or trying to curate the best playlist. I walk around the house singing without even realizing that I’m singing many times! What’s so beautiful about music is how it ties people together through human experiences – I listen to a song that exactly describes how I am feeling, and through that, I can heal and feel less alone.
Given the chance, would you rather perform with a band or solo?
I think a band for sure! I love playing solo – often, it’s just me and my acoustic guitar. I think there’s something really intimate about that, but I am ready to have a full band and get to play off each other’s energy! Collaboration is such an important part of the music process, and I think getting to perform with people you love, that love what you’re doing, just as much as you do, seems like a dream.
Can you tell us a little bit about your influences?
I have a lot of influences, considering I listen to all genres of music! I would say my biggest influences are Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, and Lady Gaga. There’s a lot of Beatles influence in my music, as well as Elton John.
If there was any artist you could collaborate with, who would it be and why?
Honestly, I would LOVE to collaborate with Harry Styles! I just adore what he is doing right now with his music – this very vintage pop feeling. I hear similar influences – The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac. There’s a lot of joy in his music, but yet still so vulnerable. I would love to write with him.
Do you think you emulate any artists while writing or performing music? Can you elaborate a little on it?
I may do so without trying, but I can say with certainty that I’m really just trying to follow my own path and do what feels the most authentic. I’m definitely blending genres, so I am not trying to steer my music in one specific direction. Rather, I’m just flowing with what I feel. I do look up to so many strong female musicians and hope to honour them, but that’s not my main focus when writing or performing. Nobody can compare to those artists I look up to, so rather than try to copy I am just trying to be the most Presley I can be. And, I hope my audience feels that.
What is Juliet all about?
Juliet is about that classic young, forbidden love – the story we all know and love. We are pushing for her to run away with the boy she loves, but in order to do so, she will be disobeying her father. She hasn’t taken that leap of faith, even though he has, and we are rooting for her to make this love story end happily. It follows her journey, as well as the mystery man, through an indie-folk rock lens.
I cannot recommend Juliet enough. I believe it needs to be recognised by more people. So what are you waiting for?