Meet ‘Pale Waves’ ahead of their MTV Music Week performance

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Formed in 2014, Mancunian Indie Pop band, Pale Waves have already won the coverted NME Under the Radar Award as well as ranking fifth in the BBC Sound of 2018. Here, Lead singer and guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie chats to us about playing playing a memorable sweaty show in Plymouth as well as how she doesn’t get her singing talent from her Dad.

Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…

My name is Heather Baron-Gracie. I’m 24, spend all my time in a band called Pale Waves, and we’re originally from Manchester!

Describe your sound in three words…

Emo pop music

Who inspired you to start a career in music?

The main influence was probably my dad. I grew up listening to his musical heroes and he also taught me guitar. He tries to sing but he’s not the best, bless.

Who are your biggest musical influences right now?

Well, I’m currently really indulging in American Football, Yung Lean and Yazoo.


What can we expect from your live performance?

An honest performance.

How excited are you to be a part of MTV Music Week and why?

We’re so excited! We feel very humbled to be a part of it. We all grew up watching/listening to MTV so it’s a pretty surreal moment when your own band gets asked to be a part of that.

Have you ever played in Plymouth before? If so, what were your best memories of it?

We have. We played it on one of our first ever tours with our friends from In Heaven. It was in a small venue with absolutely no stage room but overall it was a super sweaty, memorable show.

What springs to mind when you think of the South West?

The Sea

What does it mean for you to be championed by a brand such as MTV?

It means a great deal to us. We’re very thankful for the support and opportunity we’ve been given.

What has been your most exciting career highlight so far?

Definitely releasing our first ever record and walking into shops such as HMV and seeing it right there in the physical form.

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for young people to pursue a career in the music business?

Be prepared to dedicate your life to your music That might sound intimidating but it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

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