Louise Page is one of the most humble artists I have been fortunate enough to interview.

I first ran across her talent in Memphis in the Cooper-Young neighborhood at one of the Sounds Good Memphis open mics. When she graced the stage I was instantly pulled into her world. The first song she started to play was “Cherry Friend” and at that moment I knew I had to get an interview with her.  Hopefully you all enjoy reading this interview as much as I enjoyed conducting it.

 

 

 

  1. Who is Louise Page?

I am a singer/songwriter based in Memphis, TN. I’m an animal lover, book lover, Libra, optimist, vegetarian, activist, friend, daughter, and sister. I am my happiest best self when I am playing music.

 

  1. Who is Louise Page?

 

I am a singer/songwriter based in Memphis, TN. I’m an animal lover, book lover, Libra, optimist, vegetarian, activist, friend, daughter, and sister. I am my happiest best self when I am playing music.

 

  1. Where are you originally from?

I’m originally from Happy Valley, Pennsylvania. It’s smack in the center of the state. I grew up around football, freezing winters, beautiful summers, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Amish. My mother’s family is originally from Memphis, and my Grandmother still lives here. I moved to Memphis when I was 18.

 

  1. How old were you when you first got into the music scene?

My first word, according to my parents, was “Tah-Dah!” so I’ve definitely been a ham since birth. I started playing the piano when I was 5 years old, and was involved in band- playing the oboe and percussion-, choir, and musicals throughout my childhood. In college, I wrote a bunch of songs, which I kept pretty close to the chest, only playing them for close friends. I started performing my original music publicly during the summer of 2016 at age 22, and released my first record a year later.

 

  1. Tell us about your project. How long did it take you create this project?

My first EP is called “Salt Mosaic”. The title comes from the fact that much of the inspiration for the songs originated with very bitter feelings- of loss, heartbreak, and resentment. Creating this EP was very healing and cleansing. I took all this bitterness- or saltiness- broke it down, and built it up into something beautiful. I turned my pain into art. It’s a Salt Mosaic.

It’s hard to say how long the project took to create. The oldest song on the EP was written back in 2012, and the newest was written just a couple of weeks before we recorded.

I recorded the EP with the help of some very talented studio musicians and sound techs over the course of three very busy, very long days at Young Avenue Sound in July 2017, and released it this past September.

 

  1. What idea came to mind when you chose your stage name?

I go by my given name on stage: Louise Page. I really love my name – that it’s old fashioned and unique.

My username on most social media platforms is “weezypage”- which comes from my best friend’s nickname for me in high school (Weezy or Lou-weezy).

 

  1. What’s next for you in 2018?

I have plans to release a new single early in 2018 with an accompanying music video. Additionally, I’m hoping to go on an East Coast tour- which is beyond exciting and daunting! Other than that I’m going to continue to write new songs and play as many shows as I can.

 

 

  1. BESIDES music, In your spare time, what are some of the things you enjoy doing the most and why?

I love to read. My goal is to read 75 books in 2017- right now I’m at 62. I also really enjoy writing, binging shows with my friends, walking anywhere beautiful (especially if the sun is setting), traveling, and being with my family. My cat and I hang out pretty much every night – she’s a big fat fluffball and the greatest joy in my life. I can make a mean grilled cheese.

If there is a party or a local show you better believe I’ll be right in the middle of it dancing terribly.
I also love clothes and fashion – my style is a little bit inspired by funky vintage fashion- bright colors, interesting textures, beautiful shoes, lots of floral. I model for a few of my friends who own local vintage shops and it is the most fun thing in the world. I love working with photographers – I have a great appreciation for the art of photography and enjoy being a part of the process as a model.

  1. Do you have any musicians in your family??

My dad played the trombone in high school, which was awe-inspiring to me as a young child. We have an upright piano in our living room, and he can play that a little bit too. My brother and sister both started piano lessons at the same time as me, but it didn’t stick for them. My brother has a mind for science, and my sister is a visual artist.
A few of my cousins are musicians – and most people in my family have a great appreciation and love for music even if they aren’t musicians themselves.

  1. Describe yourself using only 3 words.

aspiring mythical creature

 

  1. Who are some of your musical inspirations on the mainstream side?

Fiona Apple, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor, Feist, Norah Jones, Ani DiFranco, Bon Iver, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Grimes, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kesha.

 

  1. If you could choose 3 mainstream artists to do features with, who would you choose and why?

I have a recurring daydream that I go on tour with St. Vincent and open her show, so absolutely her. I admire her aesthetic, her guitar prowess, and her tenacity. I’ve also been inspired by Kesha’s latest album – there’s a story behind it that moves me. I would love to be a part of it. Finally, Lil Wayne, because we could call our single Weezy F Baby ft. Weezy F. Pagey.

 

  1. Describe your sound and style.

My sound combines elements of jazz, pop, alternative, folk, R&B, sometimes I hear a little country inspiration (which you can thank my mom for), sometimes I’m inspired by psychedelic rock, and sometimes I’m inspired by traditional Slavic folk songs.

The elements that tie it together are that almost every single song is driven by the piano, a strong female vocal line, and meaningful lyrics. My lyrics mean the world to me. I want them to make you feel something- they’re all very personal.

 

  1. How long have you been living in Memphis?

Just over 5 years.

 

  1. What countries have you traveled to?

My Dad was a German professor, so we had the great blessing of traveling to Germany several times while I was growing up. I was also an exchange student in a German High School in Hanover for a few months in high school.

I’ve been to Canada, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland, England, Austria, and Germany. The softest place in my heart is for Germany, although every single one of those places was beautiful and awe-inspiring and is still held in my heart.
One of my greatest dreams is to go on tour through Germany. I’ve also been toying for a while with the idea of releasing a single in German….stay tuned.