ARTIST NAME: Pilarush
SONG TITLE: You Amazing
ALBUM TITLE: Feelings
RELEASE DATE: 2018
GENRE: Pop Dance/Alternative
Pilarush is a singer, songwriter, and video producer. Grew up in New York City and has Spanish roots.
“Pilarush” is a nickname the songwriter uses in music and it’s her nickname as well. Her real name is Pilar.
By 2015 the also music video producer, achieved her goal to get an associate degree in Liberal Arts from the Borough of Manhattan Community College and a BBA from the Metropolitan College of New York.
Her new and fresh album “Feelings” was recorded in South America, in Europe, and in New York City with the participation of talented and outstanding voices along with great actors.
All songs are written by Pilarush – However, very open when other artists want to suggest new lyrics to the project.
Currently, the songwriter is looking to write songs for other artists and to feature her work in movies, soap operas, and more.
Love collaborations in the genre of Pop, Rock, House, Techno, Hip Hop, and dance mainly. However, the songwriter can always challenge her limits.
Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.
Because I’ve been very passionate about it – Mostly because I found music as the best channel for me to release my emotions, my or somebody else’s life experience as well.
Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.
They really like my work. I got new fans and they just enjoy it. I feel blessed and honored.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
I have met interesting people on Instagram! I’ve met new fans, Hollywood journalists, video producers, etc.
Social networking is so crucial and important in this industry because for instance if you ever need to shoot in a specific city and you are not there, you post a picture that can relate with what you want, hashtag “Filmmaker” and then boom, you find your Filmmaker match. It has worked for me very well actually.
Tell us how you record your song.
In a professional studio recording and when vocal collaborations are involved, we record separately.
In the case of “You Amazing”, we were three voices. Me (Madrid – at the moment), Matthew Billman (NYC), and Zeta Drastika (Bilbao-Spain).
Tell us the story behind the song.
Years ago I met someone truly amazing to me. He was so charming as well, and I got so impressed by that that I wrote the song the following morning.
Although we went out for some time I never told him about the song.
State your musical skills.
Vocals – alto
I am capable of writing and singing in foreign languages such as Spanish and Italian. I am studying Russian to achieve the same capabilities.
Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.
When writing lyrics maybe a couple of hours or a day – However the whole audio process with master included, I would say around 2 or 3 weeks.
Then, the video production can take few weeks, depending on the number of scenes, people involved, and whether or not I have to rearrange the storyboard.
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
When writing lyrics, I have to feel inspired, very inspired!
Regarding the melody, I just come up with a very base sound that I just sing to myself. Then, when in the studio, the newly added sounds and voices take the song to a whole new level.
I enjoy the process.
Discuss your music process and recording in full detail.
I’m very detail-oriented when making music. The process of writing the lyrics of a song sometimes comes at the less expected moments.
Then, I usually hire a guitar player to get the notes, and then I see what vocals I want or need, I talk to my sound engineering team and then we try options, and the one I feel more connected with, it’s the one I select and continue the rest.
After that, I write the storyboard for the videos to finally come alive.
State your five favorite genres of music.
Pop- Rock – I like to listen to the lyrics.
Pop-Dance– I enjoy those fresh sounds that have added so much value to the song harmonically.
Alternative Rock– I enjoy the sounds of the percussion, the tempo, and the lyrics.
Country – it’s definitely 100% due to the lyrics and melody.
Instrumental – I totally admire Yanni and it’s because I like to watch how he blends one instrument with the other(s). Also, it’s very relaxing for me. I like to relax a lot.
Discuss your rehearsal.
I have a voice coach and we work together.
State your favorite musical instruments.
Definitely the piano, violin, and guitar.
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
It’s great! When I do covers or Spanish covers I see people enjoying the performance!
Discuss your personality in full detail.
I’m usually shy. However, I like to raise my voice when I see something that is not fair.
I’m an animal lover/activist.
I never give up on my dreams or goals. I’m focused, positive, and very confident (although I’m shy but still very strong at the same time) my saying is: “if you start something, finish it”
Discuss your music career.
It’s being great! I took vocal classes, screenwriting classes, and related subjects in college. It did help me tremendously for my music career in all aspects.
In the beginning, the hardest part for me was going to the studio and working with people who didn’t understand how I would envision a song.
For me, it was a wasting of time and frustrating. Until finally and fortunately found the right match for what I would be looking for.
List your musical work.
You Amazing ft. Zeta Drastika and Matthew Billman – 2019
Candles Off remix ft. Marina Agapito (Spanish soprano) (Alternative Pop) – 2018
Candles Off (Pop) – 2018
Amiga or Enemiga (Reggaeton work with a Mexican singer, it never got published) – 2013
Goronto (Pop) – 2012
Yes! There is a gap between 2013 and 2018 and it’s because I was in school, also taking care of my sister and doing volunteer work for an animal shelter.
Share your memorable experiences with us.
When performing in a couple of events for the animal shelter in Trujillo- Peru.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
My name is Pilar and my artist’s name is Pilarush. I’ve got Pilarush due to my Russian friend who would always call me Pilarush instead of Pilar. And I loved it!
State the title of the song and the meaning.
Title: YOU Amazing
Meaning: the “YOU” is in capital letters because that means only YOU are amazing.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
Album title: Feelings
Reason: I decided to publicly open up myself in my most vulnerable areas.