Q&A Scene: Amy Pes of Quails

Tell us about your EP release ?
It’s my first solo body of work, I’m super proud of it and the sound I have finally crafted.  It’s quite an emotive EP, with most of the songs centred around love and relationships and the tribulations of same.  I co-produced it with Barretso, whom I adore, and I feel like he just totally got the vibe and really helped me bring each track to life.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 
I would have to say this EP.  High Hopes is my favourite track off the EP. I find it hard to disconnect from the songs I write, and enjoy them strictly as a listener.  But with High Hopes, I can break off and just get lost in its floaty goodness.
Tell us a quick, on the road or in the studio, anecdote.
Is it bad that the first two stories that spring to mind involve alcohol-induced vomming and faecal matter? I will spare you the gory details of both, and instead confirm that I have played ping pong in a green room with members of Midnight Juggernauts, Van She and Allday.
What, or who, inspires you?
Music and art in general for me is inspiring. I love imagery that is dark, and slightly twisted.  At the moment I am listening to SG Lewis and Ross From Friends. Anything that has a soulful vocal or hits me in the feels  Sassy female artists like Banks, SZA and Jessie Ware are huge inspirations.   I have met and worked with a lot of amazing local talent over the last 12 months (Jordan F, Hood rich, Skin & Bones, Sondrio, Lockjaw), who constantly spur that inspiration.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
Make Love by Daft Punk, Brain by Banks, Hold On by SBTRKT, or Swim Good by Frank Ocean.
What’s next for you?
I am always writing, so there is a second EP currently being written! I have some sneaky collabs with Husky, Acaddamy and an international producer in the works.  I’d love to support someone internationally, or jump on a couple of summer festivals so I’ll just put that there…  
What’s your scene?
Does dimly lit bedroom, writing songs on a midi keyboard whilst simultaneously sipping peppermint tea count as a scene? No? I am a very adaptable and open minded individual. I dig all scenes and all types of crazy people so long as you’re nice and respectful. I definitely get my kicks getting down and dirty in a dark club somewhere tho.

QUAILS is the solo project of Sydney based singer, songwriter, producer Amy Pes.

From a background spanning indie/alternative through to being one third of electronic popsters Tokyo Denmark Sweden, Pes has collaborated with a number of electronic/dance artists including Tom Piper, Purple Sneakers, Jordan F, Skin & Bones and Barretso.

Now, QUAILS is set to take off with a six-track self-titled debut EP that brings together an ambient blend of dark pop with R&B undertones, glimmering synths, bold beats and emotive soul-infused vocals. QUAILS is an impressive debut.

The EP was recorded by QUAILS and co-produced by Barretso – the track list is; “Almost”, “High Hopes”, “With You”, “The Red Light”, “Dumb” and “House Not A Home”. The EP’s first single “With You” features remixes by Husky, Hood Rich, Fresh Hex and Double Agent and debuted at #50 on the ARIA Club chart.

QUAILS is released digitally through So Solid Records September 9th.




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