Meet The Artist: Susi Pagel

Susi Pagel is a 19 year old Pop Singer and Songwriter from Carrickfergus. Susi was brought up in a family heavily involved in the industry inspiring her from a young age to perform on stage. Susi started posting original songs on soundcloud and a close friend heard them and asked her to open a gig for them last year. From there it snowballed and Susi’s been getting asked to do various gigs all around the city.

What genre / style do you create in?

Pop music.

What would you be best known for?

My single “Yesterday” being selected as best song in the world on BBC introducing ATL!

What would you consider your biggest achievement?

Aside from releasing two songs (so far) my proudest moment is getting to play my favourite bar, Voodoo, with just my acoustic guitar, right before lockdown. Playing a venue where I’ve seen some of my favourite artists perform was really emotional for me and it was by far the biggest show I’ve gotten to do.

What would you consider to be the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your industry?

When I first started gigging last year, I was afraid to talk to any other artists, I felt really inferior and a lot less professional. I really quickly learned that the local music scene is all about helping each other out and every band and artist needs to support one another or else none of us will get anywhere. Making connections and building relationships within the industry is so important.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

One time I was asked to perform a three hour set at my local bar. Before then the longest show I’d done had been half an hour. A few panic attacks and sleepless nights later, I managed to string together the ridiculously long set… somehow…

Tell us a little about your personal life, are you married, kids, hobbies etc?

As of this month I’ve started studying at Queen’s University! This is huge for me because I had to drop out of school in fourth year for mental health reasons and homeschool myself. This was almost four years ago and at the time I never ever would’ve thought I’d be able to work my way up to university. Every day I’m thankful for the way things turned out otherwise I wouldn’t have met my boyfriend, who plays guitar so he is literally always up for a jam and somehow inspires me to write music whenever I feel like just lying in bed all day.

Tell us about your most recent work?

My second single “Pretty Girl” came out just over a week ago and is available everywhere! I worked with Jack McGarry, who produced the track and we’ve both been told it has really 2000’s vibes. It’s available everywhere now!

What would you like us to tell people about?

I’m currently trying to smash 2 thousand streams on my song “Pretty Girl” and 3 thousand on my first single, “Yesterday” so… STREAM THEM!!

If you had to describe your work to someone who has never heard of you what would you say?

I’ve been compared to Melanie Martinez, Britney Spears, Chvrches and Mars Argo. Basically, my music is… an angry post-breakup pop explosion.

What’s the funniest experience you’ve had in your business?

When releasing my first single, I had no idea what I was doing. I really hyped up a release date, thinking the song would upload right away when I wanted it to, no pre-planning involved. Cut to a week after the release date, people losing interest altogether and me wondering if the song was ever even coming… it finally comes out… a mess. I have to say it’s funny, otherwise I’ll cry.

What would your advice be to young people hoping to pursue the same industry?

If you love music, whether it’s songwriting, playing an instrument, singing- or anything else- if you are passionate enough about it, there will always be opportunities for you, big and small. If you’re thinking about starting gigging, just do it. Stepping off a stage after performing to even only 10 people is the most rewarding feeling you’ll experience. It makes every single nerve worth it.

Anything else you want to tell people about yourself or your work?

EP coming soon! Keep your eyes peeled…

Who do you look up to and why?

I have a lot of female inspirations but I look up to Mars Argo so much. She’s unbelievably talented and is bouncing back after having her entire career destroyed. She’s so dedicated to what she loves. Melanie Martinez has also always been an inspiration to me because she sings about serious issues in the most beautiful way.

 

Susi was part of the showcase line up for this years Culture Night Belfast Online 2020. Listen to her performance here >>  https://www.culturenightbelfast.com/cnb-showcase-susi-pagel-pretty-girl/

For more information visit The Culture Night Belfast website here>> https://www.culturenightbelfast.com/cnb-online-2020-events/ 

 

 

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