We got a chance to ask Gretta Ray some questions, here’s what she had to say.
Tell us about Duology One and how you came up with this concept.
“After releasing my last EP Here and Now in 2018, it dawned on me that I was often writing songs in pairs thematically, unintentionally. My team and I picked up on this when it came to my songs ’Radio Silence’ and ’Time’ – I had written two songs about the same heartbreaking scenario, but approached each song differently. Turns out, you change your mind a lot in your early 20s! But also, two truths can very much exist in the same space. Whenever I performed these two songs, I would refer to them as ‘sister songs’. As I release new music throughout this year, the ‘sister songs’ concept will continue, but under a different name: Duologies. Two songs joined in theme but creatively distinct; written from differing perspectives, released as a pair”.
We love the video to Bigger Than Me – what’s the story behind it?
“Thank you! The Bigger Than Me video is an ode to all of my creative collaborators and mentors over the years. I love making things with other people, learning from them, and learning more about myself as a creative from them. You’ll notice in the video that in terms of how the dancers and I are moving, we’re paralleling each other’s movements in the choreography. This intends to reflect that idea of learning from your collaborators, and them also learning from you. The paint element pretty much speaks for itself: the other metaphor within the video is that we are all making something together throughout the clip”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“I grew up listening to a lot of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Paul Kelly, and Missy Higgins. All of these artists influenced me to prioritise detailed story-telling in my songwriting, which is something that I feel remains at the forefront of my project, despite the fact that I am much more of a pop artist now”.
What has been your best gig?
“In 2019, I sang at this festival in the U.K called All Points East. I had so much fun singing my set, but later in the evening I got up to sing with Mumford & Sons who were headlining. It was a truly magical moment, and I couldn’t see the end of the crowd because it was so ridiculously large. I felt so lucky to be a part of that show”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Story-telling, reflective, and production-wise, very lush”.
What artists are you listening to at the moment?
“I’m currently listening to a lot of my friends music to be honest! I love Maisie Peters a lot, and my friend Charley has just released her debut single Hard For Me… I’m also really into MAY-A’s project, she’s just released a song called Time I Love To Waste. Bangers all round”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
“Continuing the Duology rollout, continuing co-writing and hopefully playing some shows!”
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“Being a loyal friend”.
By Siân Parker