Canadian Alt-Pop artist Christee Palace recently talked to ai love music about her musical inspiration, history, and the release of her latest single “Jekyll & Hyde Me”.
Coming from a huge family of musicians, Christee Palace has always been surrounded by music growing up. She got her to start achieving local and Canada-wide success with her first EP “Alive Today” and two follow-up singles— her songs “Out of Time” and “Light It Up” both charting in Canada’s Most Active Indies chart in their first few weeks on radio. Christee thrives on being able to experiment with her music and the different feelings and emotions she’s able to portray through her lyrics. Drawing from her combined influences, she totally owns her own brand of bold, gutsy alt-pop.
Find out what inspired Palace to write her latest single “Jekyll & Hyde Me” and what inspired the song. Also, how does it take elements from the classic story Jekyll & Hyde? While reading, make sure to check out the song down below. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Hey! Please introduce yourself to those who don’t know you! What inspires you?
I’m Christee Palace! A pop/rock artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada 🙂 LIFE inspires me. My family and experiences, mostly. I grew up in a musical family so music was always around when I was a kid. I naturally gravitated to it and was inspired to pursue it super young.
What has your musical journey been like?
I started singing and playing piano when I was about 3 years old, and began writing songs around the age of 7-8 (not that they were any good back then..) I started performing when I was very young, but I didn’t decide to make this a career until I was in University. I had many incredible opportunities that led me to want to pursue this on a greater scale and make it my entire life. I moved to Toronto a couple of years after and have been here ever since!
What artists and genres inspire you?
Mainly the pop genre inspires me, but I draw inspiration from many others. I grew up listening to classic rock songs and pop songs most prominently. I loved any singers who were pop-rock like Avril Lavigne, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, etc. I love the poppy melodies and production with the heavy grittiness of electric guitars, bass lines, and drums. Any songwriter that is honest in their writing and can paint a very clear picture with their words is someone who inspires me.
As 2021 is winding down, what are you looking forward to in 2022? Have any challenges?
I am looking forward to the world getting back to normal. The pandemic truly put a pause on music everywhere around the world. It is just starting to feel like things are opening up again and getting back to where we used to be. I’m just excited to see how my new music is going to translate after the crazy couple of years we’ve had, and what will be next.
Let’s talk about your newest single “Jekyll & Hyde Me”. What is that about?
Sure! This song is about the different sides of you that come out, and the environmental triggers. In this case, I actually wrote it during quarantine when the pandemic first started, and I didn’t fully understand how I was feeling. I was so back and forth with my emotions and needed a way to express that.
What inspired you to write it?
I’d like to think it was mainly my anxiety that inspired it. The song came out shortly after an anxiety attack, which tends to happen when I overthink or when I’m unsure about something to the point of breaking down.
What elements from the story Jekyll & Hyde did you incorporate into the song? Why was that so important?
I think it was more so the juxtaposition of the two contrasting people/personalities that were similar to the internal feelings I had while writing this. I thought it was a great metaphor for what the song was truly about.
What was the production of the song like?
I love the whole process of creating a song, from writing it to recording it and being in the studio. My producer Tal is so awesome to work with. I wanted this song to be pop-rock, and much heavier on the choruses, with a big build-up at the end of the song. My favourite part is the very end when vocally I just let loose and allow it to take over the song.
What do you want listeners to listen for in “Jekyll & Hyde Me”?
I just wanted this song to feel like the perfect escape for listeners when they are feeling what I was feeling. It’s just a way to express yourself and also know that it’s okay to be unsure of yourself and your emotions.
Any future plans?
Always! I will be releasing more music very soon, plus booking in some shows FINALLY now that things are starting to open back up over here. I can’t wait for what’s to come!
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