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Lily Papas

Lily Papas is one Gold Coast gal who is going places. She recently signed a recording contract with Universal Music and one of her tunes played on iconic Aussie TV show, Home and Away.We sat down for a chat with Lily about the release of her single Wild and performing at the 2020 Australian Open.

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I’ve been on the Gold Coast for 12 years now. I spent my first 11 years in Melbourne so I definitely consider myself a Queensland girl now.

What do you love most about living here?
I love everything about the Coast. The beaches, the cafes, the laidback lifestyle, it really is paradise. 

Tell us how your career as a musician came about?
It’s a pretty long story, as most musicians stories are (laughs), years and years of hard work. But I had basically been doing singing lessons and guitar since I was eight years old, I found my love for songwriting and had a chance meeting at 15 with my now Manager, Smiley Clearly from Neon Records and the rest is history. I’ve been working my butt off for the last seven years trying to make the best music possible to release and to share with the world.

You’ve just released your single Wild, can you tell us about it and the vibe of your music in general?
Wild was a very different writing process for me in that I wrote it with two other people in LA. Usually I am alone in my bedroom writing my songs rather than collaborating. This was a really cool experience though because it taught me to think deeper about what I’m writing about. The song itself is a dark love song that explores the emotions behind not wanting to let someone go even when they no longer love you, and how you would do anything to hold onto that feeling forever, even if it breaks your own heart. It’s the overall fear of being alone that drives this desire. I think my style could be described as alternative pop. This album is a concept album that I built around the idea of fantasy and I think that is also reflected in the overall sound of the album.

What have been some of the highlights of your career so far?
The highlight of my career so far was when I signed my recording contract with Universal Music. I dreamt of that day since I was about 10 years old so to have that happen was literally a dream come true.

From where do you find inspiration for your music?
I find my inspiration a lot from movies actually. Growing up I didn’t have much life experience (obviously because I was young) so I would write my songs about movies, pretending I was the character. Now that I’m older, I write a lot about real life experiences, emotions I’ve felt, love, pain, rejection. It all comes into play when I write.

What’s the plan for 2020 for you?
I’ve got a big show coming up for the Australian Open on the 19th of Jan. It’s called ‘Girls Day Out’ and it’s to celebrate the women and girls in our lives. I’m pretty excited about that, I’ll be playing with a full band. Then I’ll be releasing a couple more singles before my debut album comes out later in the year. I can’t wait!

Any advice for someone hoping to become a professional musician?
My advice would be to always stay true to who you are. Know who you are and don’t let anybody ever try to change you. Even if you don’t know who you are yet that’s ok, we are all still trying to figure that out, myself included, but don’t let anybody else change you.

Tell us your favourites on the Gold Coast…
Coffee spot: Coffee Sisters
Dinner: Lucky Bao
Cafe for breakfast: Coffee Sisters for sure!
What does your weekend look like: I workout in the morning either at the gym or pilates, take a beach walk, spend the day by the pool or beach with my boyfriend, then out to dinner or drinks with friends.

Lily Papas’ debut single WILD is out now through Neon Records/Universal Music and available to stream on all platforms.

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