Australian pop riser, Peach PRC is turning the heads of the music scene not only in her native country but worldwide.
Debuting back in 2019 with the release of ‘Blondes’, the rising singer-songwriter has continued to march through the years with her own yet unique identity that cannot be compared to others. Though only making a mark in 2020 as the pink-fueled creative Peach PRC, real name Sharlee Jade Curnow took to scenes with shenanigans, confessional tales and not forget the joys of singing that have now led to more than 2 million followers on TikTok and 120 combined artists streams on Spotify.
Whilst the past years have been one to not boast about, Peach PRC took the reins with the silly bop, ‘Josh’; an example of modern, shimmery pop. But we weren’t stopping there, sold-out shows across the US and her home country Australia to her latest EP, Manic Dream Pixie, it’s evidently clear where she’s going to be next.
Following the release of her latest project, and supporting BLACKPINK at BST Hyde Park alongside her headline show at Heaven this week, we spoke further on what her latest music means to her, evolving growth, the attention of Paris Hilton and everything in between.
Hey hey, how are you and congratulations on your latest release Manic Dream Pixie, what have the past few weeks been like for you?
The last few weeks, I’ve been really sick from the tour, but thank you so much for the congratulations. I have been lucky, I guess in a way, that I have been unwell and having to rest because I’ve been able to sit and take it all in, and it’s not been so go, go, go. I can appreciate all the videos people are posting, and all the feedback I’ve gotten has been really nice to take my time and take all that in.
Breaking onto the music scene back in 2019 with your debut single ‘Blondes’ but really making a stir last year, how would you describe your rise and journey in music?
I would describe it as it feels overnight, at times. But I know that I’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. Since I was about 12,13. I’d been posting stuff online with my music and been songwriting for even longer than that. It does feel like it suddenly got picked up in this whirlwind, and I’ve had to just hit the ground running, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Speaking of your rise and talking of some of your fond memories of dreams, what fully inspired you to become an artist?
I think it was the only option for me. I had it in my head that this, is all I was ever going to do. I was like, I’ll make it happen no matter what. And I think even just putting up ‘Blondes’ was me doing that for me. I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve done it’. Like, ‘That’s all’. I wanted a piece of solid work where I could be like – this is mine, and I made this, and I’m so proud of it. And to me, that was me being an artist, and I had done it. Anything beyond that has been just an absolute dream.
Currently, in one sentence, how would you describe your sound?
My sound in one sentence. I think just sparkly and fun but also heartbreaking at times.
With the release of your debut EP now enjoying the rays of your fans, could you tell us a bit more about how it came together and the creative process?
It was kind of accidental. I was writing songs without any direction or plan. I’d been doing that for a couple of years, under the label, and just been keeping all these demos together. Because I love writing and I write so often, I had so many songs to choose from. We sat down as a team and went through all of them and narrowed it down to our favourites, and then I chose my favourites from there. Some of the songs are two or three years old, and I never thought they would see the light of day. And here they are, I love how it all came together. It was never really meant to be any specific vision or plan. It just fell into it that way.
Featuring hit singles, ‘Perfect For You’ & ‘F U Goodbye’ what is your favourite part of the project and why?
My favourite part of the project, I have so many, but I think my favourite song, would be ‘Loved You Before’. My favourite part would be the whole community it’s made in this little fairy port that I’ve collected. It’s really cute. It’s so fun seeing it visually come to life, not only through me but through the people that are hearing the music too!
Following the above, multiple stories are told throughout the six-track body of work, but what did you hope to achieve for this EP and what do you want listeners to take from it?
I really had no set-out goals for when I made the EP. It was like, this is music that I love, and this is music that I’ve loved writing, and these are songs that I know that fans have loved, through little teasers and stuff, and I wanted to make sure that they felt a part of the project too. Songs like ‘Favourite Person’ and ‘Dear Inner Child’ were more for my fans that have responded so positively to that, and I want them to take away anything that resonates with them – any bit of joy or catharsis from it.
Already worked with the likes of Bonnie McKee, who would you love to collaborate with in the future?
I’ve got so many. I’ve got a whole list on my phone. I would love to work with Jon Bellion. I’ve been a big fan of his speeches, and I’ve heard through some people that he liked ‘Dear Inner Child’, so I’m so grateful that he appreciated that. I’d also love to work with Paris, which obviously is a huge one. She’s actually reached out about potentially working on something at some point, I would love to do that. I’ve got a whole list.
As you endure the highs and lows of the music world, what has been your number one learning perspective of the music industry, and what is your number one advice?
A learning curve for me would be that I can sometimes be so focused on telling a story and being so wordy; it sometimes takes away from the actual music. It’s almost like slam poetry. I need to remember that this is for people to also just listen and enjoy rather than delve into the lyrics. Some advice I would give – I’m still somebody who’s always learning and always changing and growing, and I don’t know if I could give advice. It depends on who the person was and what they need. I think there’s no wrong way to do it.
Whilst you’ve already caught the attention of Paris Hilton, what has been your biggest pinch-me moment so far?
I’ve had them all the time. Finneas noticing me, Billie Eilish’s brother, him saying that ‘God Is a Freak’ was a good song was a really sweet confirmation that I was doing something right. At least because I respect his songwriting so much. That was a big pinch-me moment for me. But I have them all the time.
Finally, continuing to cement yourself within the music scene and preparing for a busy summer, what shall fans expect next?
I’ve got lots of stuff coming up. I’ve just done shows in LA and New York, and I’m going to be going to the UK this week. Doing lots of really exciting stuff outside of Australia! Then beyond that, I’ve got some really big plans for what I’m going to do next music-wise. I can’t wait for it to come to life.