Following on from the release of Paces’ 2018 album ‘Zag‘, ‘Vertigo‘ sees Paces team up with fellow Australian artist Yorke on this new single all about “the feeling you get at the start of a relationship when you’re so involved that it feels like your world turns upside down”.
Since the release of ‘Zag’, Paces has been “doing a lot of writing sessions with different songwriters,” also “working on a bunch of new Paces tracks and also a few other projects” yet to be announced. Paces has also been “producing singles for other artists.” And he has also “built a studio.” Including lots of other “fun stuff!!”
Speaking to Eat This Music is a recent Q&A about Vertigo, Paces explained that it feels really great to have ‘Vertigo’ out in the world, and he is “really happy with how it turned out” and how much “it was an absolute pleasure teaming up with Yorke.”
On the creation of Vertigo, Paces explained to Eat This Music that the ‘lyrical side came entirely from” his collaboration with Yorke, and Paces essentially “handled the musical side.” So, Paces supposes his “influences and taste in music played into the creation” of the single.
Expanding on the above statement from Paces, Paces explained that he and Yorke “had been trying to work together for a while” now, however, unfortunately they “hadn’t found the right track” until ‘Vertigo’ came along. Yorke sent Paces “a vocal demo of Vertigo” and Paces “instantly fell in love” with what Yorke had provided. Paces “quickly sketched out an idea for the instrumental, jumped in the studio to record Yorke’s proper vocals” and then they “spent about a month fine tuning everything”, which is what you now hear with the single.
Touching on how the collaboration with Yorke came about – other than wanting to work together for a while – Paces expressed how he had heard some of Yorke’s “early demos” and “was really impressed with her songwriting skills.” So Paces “just stayed in touch” with Yorke and the two of them continued to send “each other ideas from time to time until the right one came along.”
It was great! Yorke is really down to earth and very fun to work with. The dream collaborator really. — Paces on working with Yorke
Paces expressed that releasing ‘Vertigo’ was super important to him. Essentially everything Paces makes is important to him. Even “the songs that don’t get released are important” because they are “all part of the process – you have to investigate every idea and do a lot of experimenting to end up with the best song,” Paces adds.
Paces released an “album one year ago” and “toured it pretty heavily”, and after that, Paces spent the rest of the year in the studio working on new stuff,” Paces felt “like he needed to let the album breathe for a while before dropping any new music.” Now Paces is “ready to start releasing music regularly again, beginning with Vertigo.”
While Paces’ Vertigo is an upbeat pop anthem full of bright, playful pop vibes, Paces believes the palette of his music has “changed but the core idea is still the same”, which is essentially “pop music with weird sounds and production.” On his 2018 album Zag, “the palette was more skewed toward dance music.” And now the new stuff Paces is making is “more about big clunky percussion and a fairly stripped back feel.”
For those still unsure of where to start on the wide and varied Paces discography, Paces suggests “Savage feat NYNE.” Mostly because that is “the one that most people get into first before discovering the rest” of Paces’ music, Paces suggests.
Paces often asks himself “why music”? Paces actually “used to be a graphic artist” and he “always thought” he would “stick with visual arts for his “career but somehow music just took over.”
I’m just in love with it. It’s so free and there’s no end to the creativity. I’m always learning new things about music which really keeps me inspired.”
“Ultimately I think the most appealing thing is that music makes people feel something. The fact that you can tap into an emotion without using words is really powerful,” Paces concludes.