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DJ Pebbles is in Full Control of Her Music and Message

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DJ Pebbles is in Full Control of Her Music and Message

DJ Pebbles is a 20-year-old EDM (Electronic Dance Music) sensation from Australia that is making a name for herself in the music industry. Both of DJ Pebbles’ singles, “To Not Love You” and “Heart Away From You” charted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Club Chart. Over the years, DJ Pebbles has grown as an artist by facing adversities such as being a young woman in EDM and finding the balance between being a student and writing music.   

Photo: Adam Powell

How did you discover your passion for performing?

I was super young. At age 11, I would always make my grandma listen to me sing Whitney Houston. I would practice for hours, and I think I drove everyone crazy.

Where do you find inspiration for your music?

I find inspiration by just living life. I write four songs a week. It’s how I deal with my emotions and gain clarity in situations. As a DJ, it’s also especially important to fall in love with different styles of music so that you can create an amazing set for any crowd.

Have you faced any struggles being a woman in the music industry? If so, how do you overcome them?

I think being a female in the industry brings a whole lot of unexpected drama. The main issue I’ve encountered is being underestimated, oversexualized and dehumanized. I’m blonde, tall, and young. This makes oversexualizing me and underestimating me very easy for others. Also, being a public figure, people expect you to always be flawless, but being human means you’re hardly ever flawless. People expect your life to be as glamorous as a movie, and sometimes it is, but not without crazy amounts of hard work. I try my best to overcome this by focusing on the real work (the music) and ignoring the bullshit. There is so much pressure to be skinny and pretty and constantly doing cool things that life becomes false. No one’s wardrobe is as big as Bergdorf’s.  No one lives as easy and cool as it appears they do on their Instagram. It’s easy for people in glass houses to throw stones. 

What has been your biggest success in your career thus far?

Definitely, both songs reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard Club Chart.

What was it like for you when your song made the Billboard charts?

Pretty unreal. I have always dreamed of my name being on the Billboard chart, and now it’s right next to people I idolize. Hard work makes dreams happen!

How do you balance being a student and being an artist?

No sleep, caffeine, and focus! 

You have come into success at a fairly young age. What is that like for you?

I started as an entertainer at age 12, so at 20, I feel like I have been an adult for 8 years. I’m 30 at heart!  For me, when dealing with the troubles and judgment that success can sometimes bring, it can be hard to stay grounded. I guess that’s what family and friends are for!

Have you always had an interest in EDM music?

Yeah, I fell in love with EDM when I was sneaking into clubs at age 16. It blew me away how powerful it was.

What is the creative process like for you?

I need to be involved in every aspect of the creative process because I like to sing what I create – it keeps me sane in all the madness. As a DJ, singer, and songwriter there is always something creative I can be doing. When it comes to music, it’s all about the little things like finding the right track, the perfect drum beat, and the most meaningful lyrics.

What advice do you have for aspiring artists out there?

This industry is a rollercoaster, and unless it’s the only thing that makes you happy and you can’t imagine any other career path, don’t pick it as your profession. Music has to be what feeds your soul, and it should never feel like work. But happiness and work can go hand in hand so find what you love and stick to it!

What’s to come for you in the near future? What can listeners look forward to?

Many new songs and collaborations, and some shows!

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