The Pete V Project is the pseudonym of London based vocalist, song-writer and music producer Marie Virginie Pierre. Marie explains that she decided to use this moniker (Pierre translated into English is Peter) so that the ‘focus remained on the music’. The Pete V Project showcases Marie’s love for dance music mixing different EDM sub-genres with catchy pop melodies.
A song-writer since child-hood, Marie explains that song-writing has always been second nature and still gets excited when the lyrics, melody and chord progression become one. Marie prefers to write alone and as such has sole song-writing credits, which is unusual in today’s committee driven pop industry.
Marie has had various publishing deals over a number of years but felt that she was being ‘left on the shelf’. As a result she has set-up her own record label Pierreplay Records Ltd. to showcase and promote her own compositions. The first releases were for her alter ego The Pete V Project. The second release was a charity single for homelessness performed by Sam Northwood which was officially endorsed by both Centre-Point homeless Charity and DePaul International. These releases have generated positive reviews and have had global radio airplay including in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and Asia.
As an artist, Marie has been fortunate to have worked with a number of talented producers, who have helped to develop her vocal style. Early in her music career she was signed to a small independent label which gave her the confidence to branch out into producing and writing her own material. Marie plays keyboards and guitar.
Her new project ‘Stop Pushing Love Away’ is being released by Bongo Boy Records on the 4th April 2017, building on the successful relationship between Bongo Boy Records and The Pete V Project.
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Q: When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
Ans: Definitely exciting!!! I just love the whole process of making a new record from getting an initial idea for a song to sitting in the studio working on the final mix. I find recording music stress-busting!!
Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?
Ans: I am always getting ideas for songs when I am in the middle of doing something else like shopping or when I’m trying to get to sleep! I will usually record ideas onto my cell phone, it’s a bit harder to do this public and I’ll try to find a quiet space and then come back to the ideas at another time.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Ans: Take your work seriously but not yourself, be authentic and treat others how you want to be treated.
Q: What is your favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car?
ANs: ‘No Lie’ by Sean Paul featuring Dua Lipa I heard this song recently and can’t stop singing it!
Q: You write all of your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
Ans: I am inspired by so many different things! Sometimes it’s my own personal journey, on other occasions it could be from the experiences of my friends or family or a TV show.
If I really want a double dose of inspiration then I’ll always go sit by the Thames by London Bridge; the vista always fills me with awe and always makes me believe that anything is possible if you put your mind to it
With regards to the process of writing songs, my favorite part is coming up with lyrics to fit the top line melody. After that comes my least favorite process which is sitting at my keyboards to work out the chord progression for my songs.
Q: At what age did you start singing?
Ans: I was 7 years old when I started singing.
Q: Who are your inspirations?
Ans: My grand-mother, and people who walk their talk.
Q: Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now?
Ans: I am currently working on my next Pete V Project single. So exciting!!!
Q: Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career or just advice about careers in general?
My advice would be whatever you chose to do be authentic and give it 100%.
Q: Which instruments do you play?
Ans: I play keyboards, acoustic and electric guitar. As a child I also had piano lessons and tried the flute.
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Record Label: Bongo Boy Records