If you've been on TikTok in the past few months, then you've almost definitely heard a track by PinkPantheress called Break It Off. It's been used in countless TikToks, and like many, we can't get the song out of our head. It's a gentle, soothing song about love, but it also calls to mind drum and bass tracks of years gone by.
Her music feels very authentic and DIY, and calls to mind artists like Clairo, beabadoobee and Rex Orange County. It's introspective and intimate, and while PinkPantheress might be elusive as a musician, it's clear that she's not putting up any walls with her songwriting. She's putting out her innermost emotions and feelings for people to hear, which means that even if you don't know who she is, you can relate to her thoughts and experiences.
If, like us, you want to learn more about the musician behind some of the most hypnotising TikTok sounds in recent memory, read on to learn all about PinkPantheress and what makes her tik (pun intended).
Who is she?
PinkPantheress is a 20-year-old musician born in Bath in the UK, who's been making music for about four years, according to an interview with i-D. Her mother's Kenyan, and her name comes from a moment spent watching The Chase, after hearing the question, "What is a female panther called?"
Speaking to Dazed, she says she started making music through sampling. "I’m a fan of sampling and reworking original tracks’ instrumentals, so I used to just sing my own versions on top of these beats, and still often do."
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Who/what is she inspired by?
Speaking to i-D, she says she's a big fan of British pop artists Lily Allen and Imogen Heap. She also references horror films as a major source of inspiration for her music, saying, "I love them all, especially Saw and emo music videos from Linkin Park and Papa Roach." She's also influenced by the likes of blink-182 and Good Charlotte, depending on what mood she's in.
She's sampled the likes of Just Jack's Starz In Their Eyes and Adam F's Circles, with her aesthetic drawing from the '90s and early '00s. She explained to Dazed that "I just love the lyricism of artists like Just Jack and the beat choices were so unpolished and gritty. That era had so much experimental stuff going on and didn’t set out to impress everyone but still ended up impressing everyone because of how good it is."
What's her recording setup like?
Believe it or not, PinkPantheress's recording studio is her university hall, with her friends around her keeping the secret of where she records. She explained the story to Dazed, saying, "It legit is a smaller-than-average room with a broken mic.
"I can’t record vocals standing up, so I sing lying down. Not many of them know, I don’t think, but the ones that do are all gems and don’t tend to bring it up a lot which I love, because one thing about me is that if you thought I was elusive online then in real life it’s not much better!"
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What's next for PinkPantheress?
PinkPantheress spends a lot of her time thinking about working with Charli XCX, and we think they'd be a great fit together. She also recently featured on GoldLink's album, which ended up being her first time in a proper recording studio.
She told Dazed, "It was amazing to be part of that track, the producer Kintaro killed that beat and I’m generally a huge fan of that kind of house style of music so I was eager to sing the hook." We can't wait to see who she works with next, and what lies in store for her music!
She's just dropped her debut album, to hell with it, check it out below!