By HAZEL REID
Auckland singer-songwriter Paige celebrated her anticipated EP Always Growing on the 31st of July with an intimate performance at the Spark Lounge. We caught up with Paige to chat inspirations, creating songs and podcasting.
Taking the stage in her custom green blazer with band in matching tees and glitter beards in tow, Paige treated us and the viewers at home with a full rundown of the EP
The inspiration for the songs on Paige’s EP comes from recent life experiences, “I wrote the whole EP based on events in my life that helped me grow through a lot of stuff,” she shared, hence titling it, Always Growing. “I felt like I sang and wrote about stuff I wasn’t too proud of but trying to learn from it and find some good in it… I wanted to speak about my struggles in a poetic way.”
Wanting to give Waves its moment, Paige released the recent single ahead of her EP as “it’s the song I’m most proud of and it took the most work”, three years in the making.
Paige’s creativity shone through in the Waves music video, which was directed by local team Vision Thing. Her vision was “about having this ability where I can freeze time and I take the girl I have a crush on into a dreamscape” with Auckland’s nightlights as the setting.
Alongside working on Waves for a few years, a lot of the EP came together when Paige started collaborating with other people, sharing that it was the ‘first time writing with other people like Josh Fountain’ and a song with Kiwi artist Wells*, as she usually likes to write at home or on-the-go noting down quotes on her phone. Speaking of collaborations, Paige added that she would love to have Charlie Puth produce for her.
Broadening her creative horizons even further, 2020 saw the release of Paige’s own podcast, Paige’s Space. The first season focuses on lessons that you learn through conversations. She has plans beyond the current episodes saying “I want to have people on there that teach me things and I can record learning the new life lessons so then listeners along the way can learn with me. Also I want to speak about things I want to understand more, like non-binary, LGBTQ community and racism ”
Looking back to getting started in the music world, Paige said she had ‘always been into music, my family isn’t musical but I got into it through Disney Channel, that’s kind of what sparked it and I sang a lot as a kid.” When I asked for specifics, Paige mentioned Disney original musicals – Hannah Montana and Camp Rock.
Next on the horizon for Paige is touring New Zealand. She’s been supporting artists for the past year, and is looking forward to doing her own thing. Paige has recently been announced for the Soundsplash Festival 2021 line up and if her set is anything to go by you’re in for a treat, High School Musical sing-a-long and all.
Paige also created and gave everyone ‘growing seeds’ to celebrate the EP at the show and had some of her wisdom printed on them that I wanted to share.
Know your worth
Nurture yourself the way you would a flower
Sit with people that are like the sun
Find the lesson in your mistakes
Stay grounded (and do all things with love)
Paige’s EP Always Growing featuring Waves is out now with the epic music video and her podcast Paige’s Space is out now online.
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