• Styrian Sounds • PPC, Graz (AT)
• AllerArt • Bludenz (AT)
• Theater Akzent
Special concert: Electro and all that Jazz • Wien (AT)
• Jaki • Köln (DE)
• Musik & Frieden • Berlin (DE)
• Übel und Gefährlich • Hamburg (DE)
• Melkweg • Amsterdam (NE)
No limits – that is the highest premise. While PAENDA creates various sounds in her home studio, she passionately and joyously messes with stylistic restrictions and narrowing attributions to specific music genres. Her style is a mix of Electronic, Hip-Hop, Pop and Techno music, that manages to never fall into pretentiousness or cliché. The native Styrian started her project in 2016 and has since been experimenting meticulously with her unique sounds, which need not shy away from a comparison to the big female popstars in England or the US, whilst still keeping in touch with the local Indie-scene. PAENDA is building bridges by connecting the worlds of underground and mainstream music. Her popular singles “Waves” or “Good Girl” are good examples for her inclination towards blending a subtle form of Avantgarde with the fleet-footedness of Pop. Music that is demanding and meaningful, without being overly sophisticated. “My sister is a good indicator: If she doesn’t sing or hum the hook line right after I played her a new song, I know that the melody isn’t powerful enough.”
Her new album “Evolution II”, however, is packed with powerful songs. In ten musical chapters PAENDA presents herself as more accessible and catchier than before. She left behind the fear of being too straightforward in her compository style and unfolds as a contemporary Pop-artist with the right sensitivity for refined melodies, expressive vocals and a knack for comprehensible sound structures. PAENDA knows exactly what she wants; and she knows how to realize these intentions in her self-penned and produced songs. The range of topics cover the themes of confidence, self-determination, perseverance and self-awareness. Songs like “So loud”, “Everything I’m not” or “Like a Domino” leave enough space for the theme of vulnerability, without being sidelined by society or self-proclaimed advisors.
“There were so many times where someone would try to lead me astray or cause insecurity. Thankfully, I can always count on a few important people who support me in being myself and expressing myself through my music. It was really tough, learning how to stay true to and trusting in myself. But it was about time.” The album’s opener, with the programmatic title “I Like the Way You Hate Me”, is a metaphorical one-finger salute to internet-detractors and critics with feeble arguments, while “Love Myself” is a catchy ode to self-love and believing in one’s own abilities. “For a long time, I tolerated too many things and I backed down a lot. I learned so much from these experiences. Now I know what I want and what is really important to me.”
In May, PAENDA will be competing for Austria in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with her tender ballad “Limits”. The protagonist recounts how she pushes beyond all her limits in her zeal and her passion for music – to the point of full exhaustion. “Being aware of the moments where I needed a break was a process for me. It was a long and at times difficult road to learning my own limits.” The song expresses the musician’s humane vulnerability. At the same time, it conveys the message that it is important to believe and listen to oneself in order to find one’s own way. Just like PAENDA does with her music. Without compromise, but with a lot of feeling.