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Interview: "Plateau" - Gal Musette

photo cred: ANNA AZAROV

I am absolutely wowed by your new single “Plateau”!!! The message and lyrics of the song really spoke to me, so I would love to know more about the creative process for this new track!

Gal: Hello Sarah! Thank you so much for your kind words on the track. I wrote "Plateau" singing in my car while sitting in bumper to bumper LA traffic. While driving the lyrics started coming out as a form of venting, basically I was babying out/complaining about how much time I spend in my car. But as the lyrics progressed, they kind of revealed a season of numbness and monotony I was stuck in, and the driving became a metaphor for how I felt in general, going through the motions, mindlessly traveling through life without much direction or emotion.

What inspired you to pick up the guitar and learn piano when you were younger? Did you get hooked right away and know you wanted to dedicate yourself to music?

Gal: My relationship with guitar is a bit hot and cold- I don't connect with the instrument like I do with the piano but I have seasons where it's all I want to write with. The piano in particular became an obsession of mine when I was around 10- one of my favorite things to do was try to pick out the melody of songs I knew. The first time I tried that little game was with the song "Once upon a dream" from Sleeping Beauty; I remember once I finally picked out the whole tune I dragged my grandpa over to the piano and proudly performed it for him. He took notice of my inspiration then and started teaching me some of his favorite standards/ragtime pieces. My grandpa and my dad were both piano players, and in those early years they taught me songs they had written or covered, which I think really influenced my style of playing. Even before I could play an instrument, music has meant the world to me, so to be a part of it I used to dance. When I discovered I could write songs I gave up dancing in a heartbeat.

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring songwriters who don’t quite know where to start?

Gal: It can take years for some artists to find their sound or their audience, so it's important to follow your intuition and create music that you love, and not compromise with your art. Your time will come!

I know you had the chance to collaborate with Rufus Wainwright on your last album, which is absolutely INCREDIBLE by the way!!! Can you share how that opportunity came about and what it was like?!

Gal: Awe thank you! The way it went down is my producer Jon has a connection to Rufus through his incredible sound engineer, Chris Sorem, and we were looking for a male lead vocal for the duet last minute. We took a shot in the dark and asked via email, and by some miracle Rufus agreed to sing it! Rufus was an absolute angel to remotely perform on the track that same weekend. The whole experience blew my mind and I still haven't fully processed it, but I'm overwhelmingly grateful and overjoyed.

photo cred: ANNA AZAROV

What is on the top of your bucket list for your career? I know you’ve already accomplished some amazing things, so maybe a certain venue/city you hope to perform at or artist to collab with?

Gal: It's a dream of mine to tour as an opening act for Madison Cunningham, the singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire who has inspired me more than any artist in the last few years.

Can you give us any hints on what to expect from your sophomore album “Pendulum” releasing this upcoming May?! If this new single is an indication of what to expect, I cannot wait to give it a listen!

Gal: "Pendulum" is a deeply personal and relevant record to me. Many of the lyrics are a release of one of the most challenging times of my life mentally, where I was struggling with mind-altering anxiety and numbness. Recording this record was cathartic and helped me find myself again. My producer Jon O'Brien and I went a bit wild and explored more density and bolder instrumentation on this record than anything we've previously created, which was such a blast. I really hope my listeners enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording it. <3

Interviewed By Sarah Curry



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