grentperez dropped his latest EP, ‘When We Were Younger’ earlier this month to much anticipation amidst his current run of U.S. tour dates. The new material lyrically embodies the nostalgia for his childhood combined with his now-signature bossa nova sonics mixed with the pop-vibes of the 90s. “This is a collection of music each relating to figures of the past, whether it be in love, loss, families and friendship,” the twenty-one-year-old singer/songwriter stated. “I felt that during the pandemic, staying inside my room all day made me see that things haven’t been like they used to, in the days of playing games all day and having mum bring food to me because I wasn’t allowed to cook my own meals. I believe that these past two years have been two rather large transitional periods for me, almost like a ‘coming of age’ moment, slowly becoming aware of growing up. This EP sits in a very special place in my heart, and it’s something I could potentially revisit in the future, as the story of life never truly finishes.” Born in Australia, Grant Perez grew up as the youngest of three kids in a Filipino family and was exposed to a wide range of music from his father’s penchant for The Eagles, The Beatles, and Bread to his siblings’ love for R&B sounds from Usher, Musiq Soulchild, Neo, Mario and Frank Ocean. grentperez will be performing at the Head In The Clouds Festival in Los Angeles later this summer, as well as join Cavetown, mxmtoon & Ricky Montgomery on the Bittersweet Daze tour, and in the fall, he’ll be on the road for 20+ dates across North America and Europe.
grentperez speaks wtih B-Sides host Pete Mar about his latest EP, ‘When We Were Younger’, how he gained confidence to post his music online as a youth, the influences that shape his throwback bossanova sounds and more.