Pamela Hute, has so far had a life-long love affair with music. Her first album "Turtles Tales From Overseas" was released in May 2010 to critical acclaim. After playing some of the best stages in the country (Olympia, Bataclan, Printemps de Bourges festival...) she released "Bandit" in 2013, which was mixed in Brooklyn, NY, by ‘90s-veteran engineer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Cyndi Lauper, Dino Jr, The Kills, Sonic Youth, The Breeders).
For this new record, Pamela set up a new band, with an additionnal guitarist and a female bass player/backing singer and decided to produce her third album alone.
‘Highline’ was recorded with Jay Pellicci (Dodos, Avi Buffalo, Sophie Hunger, Sleater Kinney) between Paris, the Dordogne, NYC and San Francisco. The new record sounds like a fresh start. Inspired by her personal wanderings and her long trip to California, it is her most personal work so far. Highline is a collection of eleven solid pop songs and addictive hooks.
Bio provided by Pamela Hute's website.
In my official bio, it says that this new record is my most personal work. It may seems a little cliché, but it’s the truth. When you make music and write songs, you have to be yourself, and share something genuine about yourself, otherwise it doesn’t work.
After my second record I had a bunch of songs in me. I was recording demos all the time and none of them ended up on the record. My life was really complicated. I separated from a long-term relationship, almost a marriage, and fell madly in love with someone I couldn’t be with. At the same time my professional perspectives were narrowing, my record label didn’t want to continue producing my records, and I had no idea were I was going. I had no obvious desires, no opportunities, but so many emotions. It was really harsh.
However, I was not desperate. I was trying to use the confusion I was in to create something beautiful. I traveled a lot during this time. When I made all of my trips to America, NY and California, I was really running away from a part of myself, and hoping to embrace something new. I was looking for answers and challenges. I needed to make all those trips alone. I had people to hang out with, and I was not lost. I actually felt really lively. Wandering and thinking were the only way I could feel better. I would spend hours walking alone in New York or San Fran, until I was totally exhausted.
There was a certain energy in the roughness of it all and it probably appears on the record. I was not sad. I was confused and hurt, but not sad. I knew the direction was good, although I was not sure it was the easiest way to go there, but I was moving forward anyway. In my despair I was still confident. I believe it was some sort of initiation and all this struggle helped make the album.
I don’t believe one can separate a career from personal life. In my case, it has always been linked. It’s very typical of the artistic world. I work with friends, I sing about them and about myself; intimacy is necessary to write good songs. My love life has always been linked to my job.
In today’s world everything is locked into boxes. The pressure of success and efficiency is so strong, it’s not easy to be authentic. But as an artist that’s what we should seek for. Personal is what matters.
However, I think it’s a learning process that takes time. Protecting some parts of you and revealing others, keeping a balance between what you give and what you hide…
I sometimes say that my music has no value, except for the fact that I’m doing it. I’m not saying I’m better than anybody else, what I mean is that I am what I do. What matters in art is who you are and how you translate that into your craft or your songs. When people can identify to your work it gives sense to the whole thing, personal becomes universal.