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Interview: Piper Slattery

I’m sitting across the table from Piper at a small, hole-in-the-wall coffee shop right off campus. We’re catching up from the long summer, people watching, and laughing like crazy. What I can tell you about Piper if you’ve never met her is that she cares and she listens to your dreams and what you have to say about them. A girl after my own heart, Piper gets excited about everything (she excitedly played her song “Third Wheelin'” for me at a school coffee shop the week she got the final mix back and asked me what I thought.) Her debut EP “Anywhere” was released in July and I can say with absolute confidence that all of the tracks on “Anywhere” show Piper at her best — with her personality shining through.

MusicDash: What drew you to Nashville?

Piper Slattery: I’ve always been drawn to country music, which is how I fell in love with songwriting. I love how Nashville is centered around music and how the people are so encouraging because they’ve been in the same boat. Back home, no one really understood what I wanted to pursue. It is so normal here and that normalcy gives you a sense of optimism. I actually moved to Nashville without ever visiting, but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

MusicDash: What is your favorite or most memorable performance thus far?

Piper Slattery: My most memorable performance was my EP release show in my hometown of Melbourne, FL. It was so cool because I got to share my music with the people who have been with me on this journey ever since I was little. They were so supportive and it meant a lot to me. I also got to play with a long time friend who I performed with in high school, so it was a big reunion.

MusicDash: I know that your debut EP “Anywhere” was released in July. What was that process like for you?

Piper Slattery: The process was cool because it happened really organically. I brought what I’d written back home to Nashville, continued to write while I was here, and was introduced to my producer through my voice coach. We just started recording in his apartment and I would record vocals in the closet. I would go to class during the day and work on mixes at night. It was a really comfortable environment but it also forced me to step outside my comfort zone. There were a lot of late nights, visits to the Twice Daily for coffee, and lots of laughs.

MusicDash: What inspires you?

Piper Slattery: I get really inspired by the way people, myself included, process life and handle their emotions. It is something I’ve always observed and channeled into my songwriting. I’m also very inspired by dogs. They constantly love unconditionally. They make something that is so hard for the human race seem like such a simple concept. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without dogs.

MusicDash: Last month, one of your tracks “[Insert Name Here]” was played on The Iceman Show, which broadcasts to 139 countries. What were you feeling when you heard yourself on the radio?

Piper Slattery: It was so cool!!!! It felt good to have someone else press the play button. It means the world to me that people are embracing my music.

MusicDash: When did you first start writing songs and how has your songwriting process changed since then?

Piper Slattery: I started writing songs when I was 14. I started off by writing about made up situations and transitioned into writing about my own life. I went from writing solely by myself to co-writing. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve experienced more and been able to write about broader topics. I’ve also learned to be more vulnerable, at least in my songwriting.

MusicDash: What are your ultimate goals?

Piper Slattery: My ultimate goal is to be able to wake up everyday and do what I love, which always has and always will be creating and playing music. I want to be able to serve people through my music and help them through situations, the same way that my favorite artists have done for me.

MusicDash: What’s next for you?

Piper Slattery: I’m going to be playing shows, creating content for YouTube, and co-writing with new people.

You can find Piper at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/piperslatterymusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/piperslattery

Instagram: www.instagram.com/pipsqweek

Article by Kaitlyn Midgett

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