Occasionally two minds meet somewhere in the middle, and as a result, beautiful music is made. Pink Thunder is just that.

Based out of Los Angeles, Pink Thunder consists of songwriting partners Diana Meyer & Kyle Puccia. They have already been featured on television – both Pretty Little Liars and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood have used their music. Together as Pink Thunder, Kyle and Diana have just released an EP, “Love Letters”, that is doing very well – and we have it on Earbits! (Grab it on iTunes)

Listen to “Time Machine” on Earbits Radio

Will Hagle, our resident blogger and an avid music fan, had a chance to ask Kyle and Diana some questions about how Pink Thunder came to be:

How did Pink Thunder get started?

PT (Pink Thunder):  Pink Thunder is a duet project that started between myself and Diana Meyer.  She and I started writing songs together about 5 years ago.  We realized immediately that we shared a deep love for songwriting and booze.  We’ve been writing together ever since.

What’s the story behind the name Pink Thunder?

PT:  We want to rock you… softly.  Like a razor blade wrapped in a whisper.

What is your songwriting process?

PT:  We enter a little bit of a magic place when we write.  Words and music come together and we ascribe to the “yes, and” method of writing rather than shooting ideas down.  We are definitely greater than the sum of our parts when it comes to writing.

Who writes the lyrics?

PT:  We both write pretty much equal parts lyrics and music.  We generally write songs about Diana’s life because she seems to have way more drama in her universe than me.

Are there disadvantages to being in a band with two members?

PT:  No it rocks.  Less ego.  And much easier to schedule.

What are your favorite local LA venues?

PT:  We just did our EP release show at Hotel Cafe and we like that place a lot.  Also Piano Bar and Room 5 are cool.  Viper Room is great, too.

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What aspects of Diana Gone Wrong’s sound does Diana bring to the group?

PT:  Diana brings her punk roots from DGW.  She brings balls too.  Big ones.

You describe your music as soft rock.  How do the heavier aspects of Diana Gone Wrong influence or interact with Pink Thunder’s sound?  Does Diana find it refreshing to play something softer and more acoustic?  Which is more exciting to perform live?

PT:  The songwriting is the same.  It’s just a lighter treatment.  Diana is a softy at heart.  So she gets to be more delicate in Pink Thunder.  We both have masculine and feminine sides which is why we make such a great team.  It’s also why we’re called Pink Thunder.

How does Pink Thunder compare to your (Kyle’s) solo work?

PT:  Same deal as above.  But Pink Thunder sort of hits the center of the style of music I like most. Honestly, I like it better than most of my solo work, thus far.

Do you prefer performing live with accompaniment?  If so, what instruments/musicians do you prefer working with?

PT:  Live is the best.  I would perform with an entire orchestra if I could afford it.  But we also love going unplugged with Diana on guitar, myself on piano with a violin and cello.  That’s heaven, too.

Your songs have been featured prominently in TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars.  Do you intentionally craft your songs to have cinematic qualities, or does the music fit naturally with video?

PT:  In a word, yes.  Because we enjoy eating.

Do you compose and perform the parts for all of the various instruments found on your songs?

PT:  We produced the EP from top to bottom.  Diana and I played the guitar and keyboard parts.  We hired some ridiculously talented musicians to play the other parts.  Vivi Rama on bass.  Nate Morton on drums.  Jen Richardson on Cello and Eden Livingood on Violin.  Then we handed it off to Seth Von Paulus to mix and Joe Bozzi to master. All genius musicians and great people.

How did the two of you realize that your voices mesh so well together?

PT:  We both love harmonizing.  And crossing harmonies.  I think hearing that we blend well together from others solidified the realization.

Many of your songs deal with issues of love, yet the lyrics are sung by both a male and a female simultaneously.  Do you see songs like “Sabotaged” having a single/specific narrator, or are the songs describing emotional situations in general?

PT:  The situations are specific, but I think having two singers opens the aperture for relatability.  But it also may create a little confusion.  The songs are so personal to us both that they make sense to us as duets.

Are any of the songs on Love Letters autobiographical?

PT:  All of them.  Totally.

Where and/or how were the songs on your Love Letters EP recorded?

PT:  They were recorded in my home recording studio.  Can’t you hear the sirens and barking dogs in the background?

How easy is it to nail those harmonies (like you do on your EP as well as in live performances)?

PT:  Good question.  Most of the time we get ’em.  The nature of a male/female duet always puts it in a weird key for one of us.  But we manage.  There are a bunch of live vids of us on YouTube.  So there is no mystery there.  What you see is what you get.  We like that about ourselves.  🙂

Do either of you have a background studying music?

PT:  I have a BFA in musical theatre performance.  Totally useless.  Diana has been singing and playing guitar since she was a kid.  Her ear is impeccable.

Do you find it easier writing love songs from a more pained perspective (as in “Time Machine”) or a happier perspective (as in “Timeless”)?

PT:  Waaaaay easier to write sad songs.  Happy songs are a bitch.  Happy love songs can come off cheesy if not crafted properly.

How do you decide who sings during certain verses of the songs, and when to harmonize?

PT:  It pretty organic.  The harmonies also come easily.  It comes down to what makes the song pop and the lyrics come through.

Do you intend to continue other projects, or is Pink Thunder the priority?

PT:  Diana has a killer solo project which is gonna crack faces (in a good way).  I’m producing, songwriting, composing for film and vocal coaching.  But we’ll always write with and for each other and we have some cool things in the works as Pink Thunder.

Do you and Diana write songs for other musicians?  Do you enjoy writing parts for other musicians to perform for Pink Thunder songs?

PT:  We love writing songs together.  For each other, for Pink Thunder, for other artists.  It’s all good!  We’re just grateful for the opportunity to do what we love as a career.  Life is good.

 

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