Interview with Singer/songwriter Scarlet Parke

By Alex Brown - 18.5.20



Singer, songwriter, and businesswoman, Scarlet Parke is a lighthouse for dreamers. Driven by an inexorable force to create, persevere, and grow through her trauma, Scarlet’s music will make you feel every feeling. She leaves no topic unturned and brings you into her world as a best friend and secret keeper.

Outside of music, Scarlet is a rampant advocate for local artists and empowering their success via her company, Parke Ave. Parke Ave is a networking app that focuses on curating opportunities for local/unsigned artists via events, playlists, and local business partnerships.


What are some of your key musical influences?

In the past, I started out listening to Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, and Rihanna and have grown into listening to Anderson Paak, Doja Cat, Jorja Smith, and Russ.

If you could paint a picture of your unique sound, what would it look like?

There would be caves with crystals by the ocean under a night sky filled with shooting stars while people partied on the beach.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Every song is different but I typically start with one chord and write the rest of the song a capella before figuring out the rest of the chords.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

A wild experience or hearing a great beat.

As an artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

Oh yeah. There aren't nearly enough guidelines on how to navigate the music scene. That's why I started Parke Ave, an online community for local musicians around the world to discuss what's working and support each other.

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.

I really vibe off the energy of my fans. I feel like we share so many feelings throughout a show that I consider each one of them a friend.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Whenever someone tells me how my music helped them through something. I save all of those stories and put them in my Big Book.

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?

Success means changing culture. I want to empower people who have had hard lives to chase their dreams despite a lack of support, insecurities, or past traumas. I want to make people with anxiety and depression feel seen and heard and understood through my music.

What's on your current playlist?

Be Honest - Jorja Smith, Jet Black - Anderson Paak, Sink - Maya B

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

I have so much new music coming out! I spent a lot of time finding my sound and now that I have, I plan to release at least two projects this year.

Famous last words?

I am not going to eat pizza past 10 pm.

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