Phoebe Willo unveils the essence of ‘Learn to Love Again’ in exclusive interview

"When I write music, I draw from my own experiences and emotions, allowing myself to be vulnerable and honest"
15 March 2024

Teasing upcoming EP and future aspirations

In an our exclusive interview, Phoebe Willo ​opens up about the essence of her latest single, Learn to Love Again, unraveling its creation process and offering a glimpse into her upcoming EP Words We Say, and future aspirations.

In Learn to Love Again, Phoebe embodies authenticity, crafting a narrative of introspection and resilience.​ Phoebe’s music skillfully balances vulnerability and empowerment, urging us to embrace flaws and discover resilience. As Learn to Love Again sets the stage for her EP Words We Say, inspired by her surroundings, Phoebe’s creative journey showcases her dedication to her craft.

Phoebe remains grounded in authenticity, aiming to connect with her audience through live performances and collaborative endeavors. With major Spotify editorial support and notable streaming milestones in 2023​ and raising over $30,000 to fund her music with Songbits & Music Gateway​, Phoebe’s career is on the rise.

Beyond her music, Phoebe’s playful spirit shines through her love for binge-watching Euphoria, reminding us to find joy amidst introspection.​ As Phoebe makes her mark in the music industry,​ she encourages us to embrace vulnerability and discover strength in our struggles, ultimately learning to love again.

When people listen to my music I want them to feel safe and understood

What inspired your latest single, Learn to Love Again, and what key details would you like to share with our audience about its release?

Learn to Love Again is inspired by the idea that, in a way, you have to lose yourself in order to find yourself. When you feel that you have lost your identity it’s like losing your shell. Throughout the process of finding a new shell you learn so much about yourself. You can often be faced with challenges and obstacles that can be exhausting, making you feel so vulnerable. In the end, these are the things that make you stronger as a person.

How do you navigate between vulnerability and empowerment in your music, ensuring authenticity while maintaining strength?

For me, it’s all about finding that delicate balance between vulnerability and empowerment. I believe that true strength comes from being authentic and embracing all aspects of ourselves, including our vulnerabilities.

When I write music, I draw from my own experiences and emotions, allowing myself to be vulnerable and honest. By sharing those moments of vulnerability, I hope to connect with my audience on a deeper level, letting them know that they’re not alone in their own struggles.

I do want my songs to uplift and inspire others, reminding them of their own inner strength and resilience. This is one of the reasons that I focus on themes of perseverance and self-discovery. Through my lyrics and melodies, I strive to create a sense of hope and encouragement that will resonate with others. Ultimately, I believe that authenticity is key. By staying true to myself and my experiences, I hope to convey both vulnerability and empowerment in a way that feels genuine and relatable to my audience.

It’s evident that Learn to Love Again sets the stage for the themes delved into in your forthcoming EP, Words We Say. Can you expand on this connection further and provide insight into what listeners can anticipate from the EP?

Words We Say is a line from one of the songs in the EP. It felt right to give the EP this title as it can be understood to mean the hollow words we sometimes say but don’t really mean but it can also mean the words we say when we are being really painfully honest, to ourselves and to others. It is this tangled complexity of emotions that ties together the ideas in the EP.

Can you share your creative process when composing music, especially concerning your use of instruments like piano, keyboard, guitar, and ukulele?

I tend to work with whatever instruments are in my surroundings, depending on where I am and when I’ll next be in the studio. When I’m at home, with all my music equipment, I usually start by experimenting and recording different piano or guitar melodies that would most suit my vocals. I then write lyrics and a vocal melody to record over the top, experimenting with new sounds and instrumentation that enable me to create a demo which I will then take into the studio to develop further. I often end up with dozens of versions of the track before I am satisfied with the final result. It’s very much a process of trial and error.

Your music has received considerable support from Spotify playlists and media outlets. How has this recognition impacted your artistic direction and your approach to making music?

Not really. It is great to see the stream numbers climbing on playlists as that tells me that people are listening. However, I think that trying to copy the sound of the latest ‘big thing’ is probably a bad move. I think it is better to focus on the kind of music I like to make and just hope that there are people out there that will enjoy it and get something out of it.

 What words would you use to describe your voice and music?

I would describe my voice as quite soft and subtle. I’m definitely not ‘shouty’ although I do admire singers who can really belt out a song, but that’s just not me. As for my music, I have heard people say that it is: dreamy, ethereal and emotional. I’m happy with those descriptions.

What feeling do you hope listeners take away from your music?

When people listen to my music I want them to feel safe and understood. I also want people to feel emotionally engaged and be able to relate to the topics that I write about. However, I don’t really want to bring people down. I much prefer the idea of bringing a sense of hope and optimism to people.

What are your plans and goals for the rest of 2024?

I would like to connect more with my audience through live performances and continue to release a lot more music. I’d also like to work more and collaborate with other artists and producers.

Which musicians or bands are currently on your playlist?

I have a very random mix of songs and artists on my playlist and I often listen to a collection of more unknown artists with individual songs that I like. At the moment, the artists on my playlist that reoccur the most are:

RY X

The neighbourhood

Labrinth

Jorja Smith

the weekend

Lana del Rey

Palace

Dominic Fike

Tom Odell

What’s your secret indulgence or guilty pleasure?

Watching Euphoria so many times I’ve now lost count!

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