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“Setting Fires” Vocalist XYLØ Steps out on Her Own and Into Barboza (Interview)

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Paige Duddy, known as XYLØ to her fans, began her musical career in collaboration with her brother Chase. After making significant noise in the alt-pop scene, XYLØ broke out to global success on “Setting Fires,” the 2016 smash platinum collaboration (and festival stage mainstay) with The Chainsmokers.

Paige is now launching a solo career (keeping the XYLØ moniker) and wasting no time, releasing a string of hits including Heaven Only Knows and Tears & Tantrums, an upbeat pop track co-written by Charli XCX. Leading up to her intimate show at Barboza on November 26th, DMNW sat down with the singer-songwriter to discuss her continuing rise, and what she’ll bring to Seattle next week.

DMNW: Now that you’re officially a solo artist, what’s next for you?

XYLØ: I’m constantly in the studio working on new music! Hopefully I’ll be able to release a new body of work in early 2019, and be putting more show dates up as well! Since going solo, I have learned a lot about myself and who I am. I think the new songs tell a better story and show a different side to who I am as a young woman. I am opening up a lot more in my lyrics and talk a lot about my insecurities, my flaws, my daily struggles. Hopefully my listeners find it easy to get to know me better through my music.

DMNW: What are you looking most forward to playing in the intimate Barboza setting?

XYLØ: Getting to meet fans!! Nothing better than being face-to-face with the people who listen to your music! Singing songs together is really special.

DMNW: Do you expect to do more pop-EDM crossover work in the future?

XYLØ: Yes!! Working on a few things as we speak for 2019! Very excited!

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DMNW: What are your most and least favorite things about touring?

XYLØ: I love seeing new parts of the world I haven’t seen before, eating, shopping, spending time with my band. My least favorite part is being away from my dog – that’s really hard for me because he’s my soulmate haha.

DMNW: Who are some of your strongest musical influences?

XYLØ: My grandfather is a big influence. He is a jazz drummer and teacher so I grew up around music everyday in my house. He came from nothing and built this amazing life for himself and my family through hard work, dedication, and a passion for music. He’s really inspiring and I hope I can be half the person he is one day.

DMNW: What does your songwriting process look like? Where do you feel most inspired?

XYLØ: I am always in the studio or at home working on music. It usually starts with a beat or chords, and the melody and lyrics come after. Most of the time I have lyrics or a concept I want to write about. I feel most inspired when I’m writing music in London. I feel I write my best material there because I’m outside of my comfort zone and surrounded by new people and places.

DMNW: Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans in the Northwest?

XYLØ: I love you all so much and your support means everything to me. It’s changed my life and it’s something I am thankful for everyday! ❤️

Tickets are still available for Corey Harper + XYLO / Gavin Haley at Barboza on Monday, November 26th. You can purchase them here.

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