When PinkPantheress seems onstage at Governors Ball, there’s a purse, as at all times, on her shoulder. This one’s a striped Kate Spade shoulder bag that pairs properly with the remainder of her decidedly Y2K look: darkish wash denims from residence, a strapless minidress that she thrifted from Barcelona, a Tank Air tube high, and a pair of heavy boots. “The wig is from some dispensary. I’m not too sure,” she tells me later after yesterday’s set, pointing to her silky-straight brunette locks and bangs.

It’s a really Gen Z aesthetic for a Gen Z famous person, who has seen a meteoric rise since producing music in her room and sharing it on TikTok, the place her songs have shortly gone viral prior to now couple of years. Her largest hit but is “Boy’s a Liar, Pt. 2,” that includes fellow Zoomer It-girl Ice Spice, which dominated “For You” pages and Billboard’s rhythmic airplay chart alike.

Earlier than closing out her efficiency with PinkPantheress’ reigning smash, she entertained the principally younger crowd together with her soft-voiced and hyper-fast repertoire in tracks like “Pain” and “Where You Are” (sadly, with out an look from her collaborator, WILLOW). Between songs—and after ultimately placing down the aforementioned bag—she chatted with the viewers about her hometown (“Is anyone here from London?”) and tidbits behind her music. Earlier than launching into “Last Valentine,” which samples Linkin Park, she stated the band is “the reason I make music the way I do today.”

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What PinkPantheress didn’t get to convey to the Gov Ball stage is her latest single, “Angel,” made particularly for Greta Gerwig’s Barbie film. Launched on Friday, the observe flies in on the heels of singles by Dua Lipa and Karol G, additionally to be featured within the movie. In actual fact, PinkPantheress is certainly one of many artists on Barbie The Album, starting from Nicki Minaj to Charli XCX. Even she was stunned that she was recruited for the mission. “I was actually gassed beyond belief, because, again, I do not think that anyone knows me,” she tells thehrnews.com.

“Angel” is an surprising social gathering anthem—if that’s what you wish to name it—that embodies Pink’s dreamy, bedroom-pop sound however with melancholy lyrics a couple of companion who gained’t reply her texts. “‘Cause one day / One day, my baby just went away / My angel / You’re what haunts me now that you’re away,” she sings within the refrain. (This isn’t a spoiler about Ken ghosting Barbie, is it?) Regardless of the somber theme, it nonetheless feels atmospheric and cinematic, full with an Irish jig-inspired interlude.

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Right here, PinkPantheress talks to us about her Gov Ball set, “Angel,” and her confidence onstage.

It was so enjoyable to observe you carry out stay. How did it really feel so that you can be up there onstage?

It felt tremendous. I used to be actually shocked, as a result of after I heard it was a 3 P.M. slot, I wasn’t certain how many individuals had been going to be there. So, I used to be actually stunned by the turnout. It was loopy. However, it was good. I might inform, on the entrance, there have been folks that knew all of the phrases, so I used to be actually completely happy about it.

What sort of prep went right into a efficiency like this?

Zero prep. However I believe after I overprepare, I simply psych myself out.

You closed sturdy with “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2”—and everybody was singing alongside. That observe is so profitable, nonetheless charting and going viral. How are you taking all of it in?

It’s loopy, I believe. Being from the U.Ok., you neglect that you’ll be able to do issues like chart within the U.S. And, I believe, when that track took place, the primary one [the original version of “Boy’s a Liar”], and even after I was writing it in my room and making the TikTok about it, no matter, I didn’t anticipate it to go this far in any respect. I’m a type of artists the place I really feel like I don’t actually ever take into consideration the success of a track, as a result of I’m simply so focused on placing out one thing that I’m proud of. So, it was a nice shock. I’m simply actually completely happy about it. I’m nonetheless actually, actually completely happy about it.

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You simply launched ”Angel” for the Barbie album. Are you able to inform me how you bought concerned with making the album for the movie? Who approached you?

I believe somebody within the board assembly will need to have simply introduced up my title, and I believe that they only had been identical to, “Yeah, let’s try and ask her.” They usually did. I used to be really gassed past perception, as a result of, once more, I don’t assume that anybody is aware of me. I’m at all times stunned. So, the truth that Greta Gerwig [does]…

I keep in mind I used to be on a name with Mark Ronson [a producer on Barbie The Album] and he was naming my deep minimize songs. I used to be like, “This is f-ing crazy.” So, I used to be actually completely happy to be on it. And the track that I made…we simply made a random little factor for it. It’s random, however I simply felt prefer it was applicable for the soundtrack. There’s an Irish jig second in it.

I used to be going to say, the fiddle was a enjoyable little second.

Yeah, as a result of the soundtrack jogged my memory of a 2000s Disney promenade scene. I used to be identical to, let’s strive it and see what they assume. I simply needed to have enjoyable.

Did you get to see any of the film to organize?

I’ve seen just a little bit. Everybody’s going to find it irresistible.

The sound of “Angel” just isn’t what you’d anticipate from the Barbie movie. Is that one thing that you simply deliberately needed to do?

I get what you’re saying…I believe it’s really so on par although! Once I take heed to that track, all I take into consideration is the colour pink. And after I consider pink, I consider Barbie. After which, the jig second, I’m like, “No, I’m sorry. This is soundtrack music.” I don’t know. I used to be attempting to make it so it was a track and soundtrack vibe. I wasn’t attempting to have or not it’s extra of 1 or the opposite. However I like the opposite songs I’ve heard as effectively. I believe they had been good.

As for what else is coming subsequent, what are you cooking up proper now? Are you engaged on something? An album?

Yeah, I’m attempting to work on an album. I don’t know, I haven’t ever been a lot of a characteristic particular person till this 12 months. I’ve been so into it. I’m simply pondering, perhaps a couple of options right here and there. You by no means know. We’ll see what occurs.


PinkPantheress performs at Gov Ball on Sunday, June 11 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York.

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Is there a dream characteristic or collab you bear in mind?

I at all times say completely different artists each time, as a result of I simply assume there are such a lot of in my roster in my head of simply what I’d need. I imply, since I met NCT Dream…

When did you meet them?

I neglect. Two months in the past? Ever since I met them I’ve been actually again into my Ok-pop bag, like, severely again into it. So, I’m pondering, I don’t know, I believe NCT would in all probability be up there.

I keep in mind talking to Mark [Lee, a member of NCT Dream]. And he was like, “Hey, we’d love to do something sometime.” And I used to be like, “Okay. I see you.” And the concept has been in my head ever since.

That’d be so cool. What’s your imaginative and prescient to your album? Something completely different out of your previous mixtape and EP?

I really feel like, sonically, it’s laborious to inform, as a result of my music belongs in such a particular world.

I’m attempting to be versatile whereas nonetheless maintaining everybody within the lane which they know I’m in. You realize what I’m attempting to say? I don’t need folks to be like, “This doesn’t sound like her.” However I do need folks to be like, “Okay, but this is different from the last two.” I would like it to be a ability development. I would like it to be like, “Oh, the production’s better. The singing’s better.”

You’re additionally performing extra, such as you did in the present day. Do you are feeling like your confidence onstage is constructing a bit?

I believe my confidence onstage is constructing, as a result of I’ve determined that I don’t know if I care any extra about folks pondering I look a sure manner. I keep in mind I used to care a lot. Now, I’m identical to, “Yeah.” I discover it enjoyable, as a result of I like figuring out which songs that [crowds] reply to extra, and what songs they know. And every area I am going to, [I like to see] which songs are louder than the opposite. I’ve extra enjoyable doing that, and it takes my thoughts off of performing. I believe that’s what I take pleasure in about performing probably the most: seeing the songs that folks love probably the most.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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Erica Gonzales is the Senior Tradition Editor at thehrnews.com, the place she oversees protection on TV, motion pictures, music, books, and extra. She was beforehand an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There’s a 75 p.c likelihood she’s listening to Lorde proper now.