Planetary Group took some time to get to know Pkay…
Planetary Group: Tell us about your latest release. How did you come to create it?
Pkay: “mommas boi” is actually a part of an eight-song EP that I’m releasing called Year 2000. It’s actually pretty funny, my mom gave me the inspiration for this song. We were all sitting around the kitchen table, talking about one of my ex-boyfriends and about mama’s boys, and she was like, you should really write a song about that. And I was like, yeah, I should! So basically, it’s about boys who were babied so much by their moms that they never grew up on their own. And now they’re getting into these relationships, and they’re expecting their partner to continue to be their mom. And I’m saying that I won’t raise a mama’s boy.
PG: Share a bit about your musical journey, from when you first started making music until now.
Pkay: I grew up in music: my grandma, she used to sing in a group called The Ray Sisters for Buck Owens. When I was growing up, she was always singing in church. And so I always got to go see her and sing with her. My dad also has been doing music his whole life. He loves to sing. He has an amazing voice.
I really just fell in love with, not necessarily songwriting at first, but I fell in love with music. I started singing in my church band, and then I went to college and I experienced real heartbreak and real pain. I never was able to write music until I had a purpose and I had stuff to write about. So music initially started as just an outlet for me; I was writing music to try to heal myself from things that I was going through. It was a coping mechanism in a way, and it was like therapy.
PG: Let’s talk about the music that you love. Pick one album for each category below & tell us a bit about it!
- An album you grew up listening to:
Pkay: So I’m definitely a huge Swiftie! I grew up listening to Taylor Swift’s Fearless, singing every single song. I remember being young in the back seat of my parents’ car on road trips, just putting my headphones in, pressing play on my DS and listening to Taylor Swift looking out the window, acting like I was in a music video.
Also, now that I am older, I have really been able to appreciate her lyrics – I think that she is such a beautiful songwriter. I think her lyrics are so creative and I really hope to take that and do that with my music.
I do think that music is so much more than sound – it really is a vessel to show emotion. And that’s a really beautiful thing.
- An album that inspires you as an artist (I’m sure there are many, but pick one of your choosing):
Pkay: Tate McCrae’s ‘i used to think i could fly’. I think Tate MacRae is so talented. She is a pop artist that is really redefining pop. Obviously, there’s so many different types of music now, but pop music hopefully will never die. And I think that she really is putting a new twist on it… I take a lot of inspiration from that.
- The album you currently have on repeat:
Pkay: Lately it’s girl in red’s ‘if i could make it go quiet’. I absolutely LOVE girl in red. It is alternative music, which is different from what I write, but I love it. I would love to do alternative music. I have written to a few alternative beats, so maybe you’ll see some alternative coming from Pkay later in the future…
PG: What do you want people to take away from your music?
Pkay: Writing started as a form of therapy; it started as a way for me to get my emotions out and get my feelings out. Sometimes it’s sad, sometimes it’s mean, sometimes it’s happy, but that’s life. And I think that that is what’s beautiful about music.
I hope that people get that it’s okay to feel and it’s okay to have emotions. And I hope that people know that there’s other people out there going through shit and it sucks, but we can get through it together. I think that that is a beautiful thing about music: it really does bring people together.
What’s next up for you?
Pkay: I’m just gonna keep writing, keep putting music out there! I will be doing a music video soon, so I’m super excited for that.
This is what I love to do, and I want the world to hear my music. I wanna make a difference with my music, so I’m gonna keep going until I get there!