September 18, 2008
She's A Rocker! Pearl Aday talks to All Access Magazine
By The Atomic Chaser and The Rocker
Pearl Aday has an innate talent capable of conveying powerful emotion through heart-stomping, primal, rock-and-roll singing. She comes onto the music scene breaking the social traditions that have become the U.S. rock norm. She is the daughter of music icon Meat Loaf, her most notable role is as a backing singer in Meat Loaf's (her father) touring band, Neverland Express. She has appeared on numerous albums and in various tours and television performances with her father, both as backing singer and in a duet. She has also been a backing singer for Mötley Crüe. In March 2008, they opened for Velvet Revolver in the UK. Recently, Pearl opened for Meat Loaf's 'Casa de Carne Tour' on July 4 2008 (Bath, UK), July 11 2008 (Castle Howard, York, UK), July 13 2008 (Blickling Hall, Norfolk, UK) and on July 23 2008 (Stadtpark Hamburg, Germany).
Earlier this year, Pearl released a six song EP, which received nothing but tremendous response and rave reviews. Her long awaited full length album will be out later this fall. The Rocker and I spoke with Pearl about her music and what we can expect from her in the near future.
AAM: The six song EP you released earlier this year is getting great response. When can we expect a full release?
PEARL ADAY: We released a 5 song EP at first as a taster and plan to release the full album this winter. So we have some time to build up to the release of the album, which is great. I can't be happier with the response I've received from the fans.
AAM: You recorded here in L.A. right?
PA: Yes, the album was recorded in L.A. mainly at a place called Grand Master in Hollywood.
AAM: As far as putting the songs together, what is the process between you and your band?
PA: Basically the way it works is, they call me up and tell me they have an idea for a certain song and ask me to come over. We'd sit in the living room and they would play for me and I would record it on tape recorder and take it home and work on it.
AAM: What are your thoughts on female singers in the music business today?
PA: It's actually rare these days to hear a woman that sings with "Balls". Someone who sings a song and means it, not sounding contrived. Someone who sings with guts.
AAM: What was it like playing with Ted Nugent, Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains and of course Scott Ian from Anthrax?
PA: Well, we weren’t in the same room all at one time. Jerry Cantrell is a good friend of ours. Ted, I've known for a long long time. He's an old friend of my Dad's. I actually got to record with Ted when Scott did that "Supergroup" show on Vh-1. I got to stay in the house for a week with the rest of the wives and family members. Now, fast forward to when we were recording a song called, "Checkout Charlie". A song that sounded like it would sound really good with some Ted noise.
AAM: How did you get Ted to play on the track?
PA: Well, we called up Ted, (like what could it hurt right?), so we did and he said, “Sure”. We were like, 'Really? That's awesome!'. But he didn't come into the studio for that. We sent the tracks to him. I am really happy with the way it came out.
AAM: How did you hook up with one of the best rock band's to come out of Los Angeles, Mother Superior?
PA: When I started dating Scott, he introduced me to Mother Superior's music. I immediately became a huge fan of theirs. Scott knew them personally when they were The Rollin's band. Scott is really impressed with them and really loves their music. Mother Superior is one my favorite rock bands ever.
AAM: So who approached who?
PA: Scott invited the guys to my birthday a few years back. I was being all shy and nervous. Then I had a few more drinks and walked up to them and told them who I was and asked them, 'What would you think if you had a chick sing with you sometime?'. They stopped talking, looked at each other for about two seconds and said, "Sure.".
AAM: What was it like touring in the UK with Velvet Revolver?
PA: Touring with the guys in Velvet Revolver was awesome. Those guys rock and we had lots of fun. It was awesome!
AAM: How different is it for you on stage, with you in front, versus being a backup singer?
PA: I am definitely not shy on stage. It's something that I definitely had to get use to. I am still uncomfortable with my persona on stage now and the way it feels to be on stage and fronting a band. I’m still feeling my way around. No one can tell you what to do, it's my show and I can't follow what other people are doing, I have to do it my own way. You can take inspiration from here and there, but eventually it all comes down to you and finding your own way.
AAM: Growing up, did you want to be a singer?
PA: I always wanted to be a singer… to perform. I always did it, in the house… me and my girlfriends when we were little, we had the girls group like, “Watch our show!” We’d hop in the room and perform. It’s always what I wanted to do.
AAM: When did you write your first song?
PA: It sounds so cliché but I wrote my first song when I was 16. We had these friends… they were older and they had a band. They had the long hair, right at the end of hair rock, before Nirvana, before everyone started wearing flannel. There was one guy named Steve who played the piano and I gave him lyrics I had written. I never really heard melodies when I write it’s like poetry with the meter of lyrics and a story. I gave him my words and he put them to music. I thought it was beautiful. From that point I learned how to take a poem or words, someone would put it to music and I would change the words to fit the music. That helped me learn how to write songs. I’m starting to hear melodies now. We were writing “Nobody” at the house and we were stuck on where to go, I went, “What if we do this?” I sang out the chorus of “Nobody” and the guys were thrilled about it. I was so proud of myself. I was really, really sure every time the credits were written down that I’m listed under “music written by” because, whether I was unsure of myself, or scared, or double guessing, it’s in me. I can do it.
AAM: You recently performed at Ozzfest for the Dimebag Tribute.
PA: Yeah, I was asked to be part of the Dimebag tribute. A couple years back, there was a thing called the "Black Tooth Bash" that was held at the House of Blues. That night, I sang, "Wish You Were Here" with Jerry Cantrell and Scott, we did an acoustic set. Anyway, Rita, Dime's lady loved it so much and it really got a great response. That she asked us to do it again at the Dimebag Tribute at Ozzfest. I was just honored to death to be a part of that. It was the only acoustic number at Ozzfest so that was really cool. Plus, it’s a great way to pay tribute to a fallen friend.
AAM: Has your Dad heard your music yet?
PA: I actually just got back off the road opening for him.
AAM: What was that like, opening for Dad?
PA: I've toured with my Dad for nine years, but never like this, opening for him with my own band. For me, it was really cool to be back in there because it was the same road family. Same band members, crew members, feels like going back home in a sense. The crowds were great and very responsive. We would do this thing were we would do our set, then we would go to the merch stands and meet people. It was really great to play the new stuff for the crowd. It was great, people bought the CD and other things. It was just a really great opportunity.
AAM: What kind of advice has Dad given you about the industry?
PA: People always ask me that. There is one thing that he told me. That I was always to remember first and take it to heart. He told me, being on stage is a privilege. To actually stand up there and people come out and see you perform, it’s a privilege and not a right. Once you’re up there, it is your job to give them everything that you have all the time. It doesn't matter if it’s five people or playing in front of fifty-thousand people. You have to give them five billion percent. I agree with that.
AAM: Musical influences?
PA: As far as influences go. My Dad is a big influence on me. Janis Joplin, a lot of soul music. Otis Redding, one of my absolute favorites of all time. Then there is AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, David Lee Roth as a performer and the music of Van Halen. Another inspiration for me is Diana Ross. I really grew up close to her. Diana's daughter is my best friend since we were five years old. I got the opportunity to see Diana perform a million times.
AAM: What's on tap for you next?
PA: Touring is definitely in the works right now. So we are going to be doing lots of shows in the very near future.
AAM: Pearl, it's been such a blast talking with you. Thank you for sharing your time with us.
PA: Thanks so much for your support and thinking of me.
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