No matter where you go exploring instagram guitar hashtags, you're very likely to see the face and hear the amazing playing of Destiny Petrel! She is a rising talent who is quickly making a name for herself in Los Angeles and beyond, so we had to jump at the opportunity to interview Destiny before her inbox is too full to see our emails. Enjoy this interview hearing her story and learning about her inspiring work ethic that has earned her respect, influence and fans.
I started playing piano early on which led to playing clarinet in band throughout grade school. Singing was something I’d do ever since I could remember. Growing up in a super creative and musical home, my parents and sisters would sing and play music all of the time. I picked up my Dad’s guitar at about 12 years old. Guitar was something I really clung to. Being a super shy kid with awful anxiety, playing would help me through it and still does ‘til this day. My sisters, Jess, Bek and I started a band together soon after I started playing, and since then, I haven’t really stopped.
I’m just incredibly thankful I’ve been able to do what I’m most passionate about with so many incredible people. Right before the EP release I was terrified. Anxiety OVERLOAD. I love the creative process but definitely feel the most vulnerable when sharing. My family, friends and so many people that I hope to meet someday have been super supportive with the music so far. I can’t help but feel grateful! Stoked for what’s to come.
I did! And aw, wow! Thank you for saying that! We recorded the EP in just one week! I was in-between jobs at the time and before Vol. I came together, I was on a gig playing a festival with an artist in Utah. Right when I got back, I was missing my friends and asked a few if they wanted to come by to hang and just jam. After, I was feeling super inspired and so, I had ideas for some of my favorite songs, gave them a call and asked if they wanted to collaborate. It somehow came together between everyone's crazy schedules. Haha. Sooo thankful it did.
YES! THE FAM! Nicholas Veinoglou and Ruben Wan are some of my closest friends. Collaborating felt like an everyday hang. Both of them are incredible musicians and creating / working together on this project felt so right. Being guitarists, working together usually never happens! That was the biggest reason why I wanted to create this EP and I’m so happy it worked out. I love them both so much.
THANK YOU! Love Orangewood. It’s so awesome to have seen it grow into what it has! I’m so excited! I tend to have your Oliver Cedar on hand wherever I go. There’s something about the warm tone that brings me back to it.
Social media has changed everything! It’s the best way to stay connected with everyone. I’ve met some amazing people through it and we’re supportive of each other. That’s what makes it so special, helpful and inspiring. I’m so incredibly thankful for the Insta community.
I’ve been working on a few upcoming projects! I can’t really get into details but one thing I’ll mention is that I’ll be collaborating with Guitar Center this month. There will definitely be more music to come, collaborations and touring too. So keep checkingdestinypetrel.net. :)
Look, I see myself as a musician who happens to be a female and the truth is, I’ve been having the time of my life because I love playing and so regardless of the insanity at times, I kept playing and I keep playing. I believe some of the hurdles that exist in the music industry, are ones that exist across the board in other industries too, but hey, I feel like it’s getting better everyday. I’m always inspired and happy to see resilient, smart, talented women making their mark and their way in the world.
Thank you for saying that. The best advice I can give is to work hard, get really good at what it is that you do. Surround yourself with like-minded people but also people who make you want to be better. Get involved in your local music scene or try other ways to connect with people like through social media. Find mentors. people you look up to. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions!I find a lot of my inspiration from my sisters and friends. We have hangs / jam sessions and talk about anything and everything.One of the hardest things for an artist, is comparison. Quit comparing yourself to others because no path is the same. Work hard, keep a great perspective by being grateful and enjoy every minute of your journey.
Music for me is a way of life. It connects people and makes people feel. That’s the reason why I’m so passionate about it ‘cause of my compassion for others. Life is about relationships. I just want to be that bridge. The bridge for people to connect to each other. For me, I feel the connection with people when I express myself through my creativity in music. I think that’s why I never want to leave the road. There’s so much love being shared there. I don’t want to ever feel like I’m living this life alone. There’s a sense of realness when someone says to you “I understand how you feel or I’m here for you.” I want to be that person to others and I hope that comes across in everything I do in life.
Bonus Question: What is your favourite video game? And how do you keep gaming on tour (Nintendo Switch or???)?
Hahaha! You guys know me too well, omg. Right now, I’m obsessed with Hollow Knight. Ask my roommates aka my sisters, I play A LOT. I bring the Nintendo Switch on the road. Most of our free time is on the bus and I believe we hit a record of 42 hrs of gameplay in Mario Kart on the last tour. Haha. Best of times.
Wow! Your gaming record is almost as impressive as your musical record! haha
Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring words Destiny. Your accomplishments are well deserved and we can't wait to see what's next for you. You have our support all the way.
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Until next time, keep jammin fam.