Country music hunk who guides listeners across boundless desert wastelands of emotional terrain, Orville Peck, is the hero bringing country music the edge it’s always needed and is Apple Music's Up Next Artist for January!
Hailing as the raddest lone ranger, Orville Peck is striking the world with his uniquely powerful dominating sound and style that screams artistic prowess, appealing to an unusual fan base ranging from drag queens, darling old folk and hardcore punk rockers.
For those who have been living under a desert rock and know nothing about Orville Peck, he is an anonymous country music artist who always wears one of his handmade leather fringed masks draped across his face, never shows his true identity, which only adds to his luring and prevailing voice, boldly telling tales of love and heartbreak in the unforgiving desert playgrounds. The iconic nomad who has lived across vast terrains maintains his music steadily as a country music artist, however, also dips his tracks in shoegaze and rock with flecks of 80s synth-pop, that allows for his broad spectrum of Peck lovers.
Born to be a performer since a youngster, this cowboy has previously dabbled in acting, dance and been a member of various bands, culminating experiences along the way that has led him to where he is today. Transcending to the present, Peck uses his talents designing his own style and look that has cracked the rigid mould, after getting tired of pleasing others and not listening to his own creative genius – which thank God he eventually listened to. Peck and his band made their debut live gig supporting King Tuff, where his music was incredibly well-received and only shone as a projection for the rest of the successful year ahead and his rapid claim to popularity.
In 2019 Peck debuted his first album Pony, that catapulted him into the limelight and also featured his talents as a producer. The album consistently details bellowing drums, solid bass and simple yet effective guitar twangs, all whilst showcasing Peck’s diverse vocal range reaching sultry lows and wild highs. And what would a country album be without the iconic ring of a tambourine running through its core? Shoutout to all the tambourinists.
“Cowboy culture and Country music is for everybody and really fans of country love when outsiders get into it. I mean I do for sure.”
Building on the idea that outlaw country musicians can be known as the punks of the country community, the album takes the identity of a rogue heartbreaker exploring the emotional challenges experienced in any form of relationship. On the contrary, however, Peck’s ethos as an artist couldn’t be further from this narrative, as he celebrates and promotes being unequivocally the best version of yourself, marching with your innovative touch on the world and accepting nothing but the best for yourself.
Accompanying the deliciously smooth and sexy album are his music videos for several of the album tracks. Each one of his music videos has been meticulously planned, each with its own artistic flair, directed to produce stunning cinematography of wild terrain and aesthetic art forms with ambient mood lighting. They are a definite must watch!
Within the space of a year, Peck has proved that there was a specific hole in the music scene that had to be filled, as not only has he gained notorious media attention, a solid fan base, a worldwide tour but also a plethora of other critical acclaim. June 2019 saw Pony named in the longlist for the Polaris Music prize, radio features and interviews with Zane Lowe and Matt Wilkinson’s Beats 1 shows.
There is no stopping this supersonic marvel who is also regularly active on his social media accounts, posting about concerns of imminent climate change and representing the queer community. So, what’s not to love about this rebellious do-gooder if ever there was one?!
Be sure to keep an ear out for Peck and any upcoming music that he will inevitably be releasing soon. But in the meantime, catch him performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! On January 29th.
“Love should feel like a good story – adventure, intrigue, laughter, some sadness and maybe a good plot twist near the end.”
If your life was a country Western movie, what would the name of it be?
Orville Peck and the Iron Hoof Gang.
What are some of your first memories of music?
I had all kinds of music around me when I was little…Glam-Rock, Soul, African music, Country. It’s just always been a huge part of my life – listening to it and making it.
What are your current feelings on the rise and rise of the ‘YeeHaw’ movement right now?
I think it’s cool that people are into a culture that I love so much. Even if it’s superficial for some people. Cowboy culture and Country music is for everybody and really fans of country love when outsiders get into it. I mean I do for sure.
What is something that not many people would know about you?
I wasn’t born in and didn’t grow up in North America.
What’s the best part of being a gay cowboy?
I dunno! It feels like a pretty standard pairing to me. I mean you know what they say about steers and queers…
What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
I’m pretty excited to be one of the first people to ever play Coachella and Stagecoach in the same year.
What does being in love feel like for you?
Love should feel like a good story – adventure, intrigue, laughter, some sadness and maybe a good plot twist near the end.
Your music has a very cinematic feel, would you ever consider riding into movies?
Definitely. In fact, I may have already.
Do you have a favourite lyric you’ve written right now?
I like the lyrics to Nothing Fades Like The Light. They still make me feel sad on stage every time.
If you could say one thing to baby Orville, what would it be?
Don’t ever try and be anything except yourself.