We had the good fortune of connecting with Presley Duyck and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Presley, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My path into the arts unfolded itself after the passing of my sister. I was four years old, and somehow the way I found myself coping was with music. I sang to her in the NICU since I couldn’t hold her, and that was my way of showing my affection. I made up songs on the way to her funeral and to the cemetery. It was my natural instinct to make music at such a young age, and that never left. When I was in Kindergarten, I begged my mother to let me have my friends over for band practice. I created a logo for our rock n roll girl band, “The Everyday Heartbreakers” and everything, but sadly, it didn’t work out since none of us actually knew how to play any instruments. The dream never left, and I funneled all of my energy into creating. If my music can be an escape for people like it has done for me, then I have found my purpose.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I just released my debut single, Passenger Seat and it’s been a thrilling and wild ride to release my own music.  This is a song I wrote while reflecting on a time in my life when I felt alone and unseen even though I had amazing friends. That experience changed so much for me!  Now, it’s time to see if people actually identify with my music because that’s what it’s really all about.  So far, so good! It has been well-received and I’m hearing so many people say that they can relate to this song.  I’m releasing my next single, Happy 22!, on July 23rd.  

 As far as working on my career, I’ve always been in the fast lane of life – I graduated high school a year early because I’ve known what I have wanted to do since I was born, I left college to start working professionally in music and acting, and then the pandemic hit. I had to find a way to continue growing and doing what I love when opportunities were no longer accessible, so I started writing my own songs. Songs started flowing out of me and led me down an unexpected and untraditional path that I could not be more grateful for. It has not been an easy journey by any means. Putting yourself out there for ridicule and making the continuous choice to be vulnerable every day is hard. Living authentically is hard, but rewarding. One of the biggest lessons I have learned along the way is to surround yourself by people that will support you. There is no room in your inner circle for people who make you doubt yourself. In addition, surround yourself with people who are better than you and push you to grow. I am so lucky I am constantly surrounded by people who are the best at what they do, and I learn from them. You are a culmination of all the people you love and are around, so why not choose the best? You deserve it.

I feel emotions very deeply, and with my music, I want people to be able to feel their own emotions with it just as deeply. There is no better feeling than screaming in the car a song that perfectly describes how you feel in that moment, and I want to capture those moments for the world. I want to cry with you, laugh with you, scream with you, and live in those little moments of time with you. I want to be a part of the soundtrack of your journey!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Two words: coffee and tacos. I would take my best friend around to all of my favorite coffee shops – Houndstooth Coffee, Civil Pour, Ascension, Union Coffee, and Karmic Grounds. My current obsession is Civil Pour with all of their fun specialty drinks (anything lavender please!) Then, to eat, I would go to Velvet Taco, Mexican Bar Company, and Tacodeli. Legacy Food Hall in Legacy West is definitely a highlight, too! They have live music at the box garden which is a great outing at night, and they have so many great food choices. I love the sliders at Son of a Butcher.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to first my mother, who has helped lift me in every way possible. No dream was too big, and if I set my mind to something, she would find a way to support me. I could not have asked for a better mom. I also think my incredible teachers growing up deserve a huge shoutout for keeping me inspired and growing. I am so thankful that I got to learn from some of the most wonderful humans and coaches. My lessons and getting to dive into what I love in class has kept me sane, especially during quarantine, but also just the trials of growing up.

Website: presleyduyckmusic.com

Instagram: instagram.com/presley.duyck

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