Riley Pearce Delivers Hypnotizing Anthem “Keep Moving”
April 29, 2022 BY Tamara Simons
“Keep Moving” chronicles a recent obsession, running, which Riley took up in Melbourne. Riley shares, “The exertion of energy was therapeutic, such a great way to get back into nature,” he says. “I was playing around with drone-like sounds for the verses and got something rhythmically happening. Tapping into this song was a moment of absolute release: I wanted that moment where you’re at the top of the hill, looking down.”
ABOUT RILEY PEARCE:
There’s an ease to the music Riley makes. That’s a testament to how effortlessly he became a songwriter. Watching his dad in cover bands inspired him to pick up the guitar. By 17, he was busking at local farmer’s markets—playing Dire Straits and Jack Johnson covers but sneaking in a few original folky compositions about what he saw around him or the relationships he had formed.
Riley attended the University of Western Australia, where he studied marketing and finance, then shifted to the music business, which inspired him to make even more original music. “My grades took a hit,” he says, laughing, “but I did graduate!” With that mix of talent and business acumen, early songs, such as the gorgeously escapist “Brave,” landed on influential music blogs, and pivotally, on Spotify. And that’s how he built his loyal grassroots following. “I’m always so amazed when I play a show, and someone is like, ‘I’ve driven three to four hours to see you play. Your music means so much to one person. It’s the most humbling and amazing thing. A little nugget of inspiration to keep me going.”