Jules Paymer - 'Mommy Issues'

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The new single and music video  from LGBTQ+ non-binary alt-pop songwriter Jules Paymer, 'Mommy Issues' delivers some dirty, satirical fun, and features an anthemic pop punk chorus, grunge-drenched guitars and a pop hook that won't quit.

Jules’ first release of 2023, 'The Daughter That My Mother Wanted' earned praise from Billboard, Ones To Watch, Earmilk as well as Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams who posted the song on her IG to 3.5 million followers saying “This is such a powerful song”.

At the age of 7, Jules Paymer (they/them) found their love for music playing bass in a garage band in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA, alongside Lydia Night, the future star of “The Regrettes”. They soon learned guitar and piano, and by age 9, they were writing full songs. After finishing high school in LA, Jules moved to Nashville to hone their craft in a city they call ‘Songwriting Bootcamp’.

Speaking of the new single, Jules added, “For a song that seems so conceptually heavy, it’s really just dirty, fun, and satirical. I was seeing a girl who was WAY too old for me and was trying to convince myself that I wanted to be with her. I think deep down she was actually just satisfying my messed up relationship with my mom. I think *maybe* she was helping me heal some old wounds.”

Jules’ early releases caught the attention of Spotify curators, landing placements on Spotify’s New Music Friday, SALT, Fresh Dance Pop, and Young & Free playlists, as well as catching the attention of artists, producers, songwriters, and industry insiders alike.

Settling back in Los Angeles in the summer of 2022, Jules turned their attention to making friends, writing songs, and exploring their unique perspective through the prism of the modern music industry. Their original songs and song flips caught traction on social media, piquing the interest of artists including Hayley Williams, Fletcher, Noah Kahan, Joshua Bassett, and Royal and The Serpent. 'Past Life', a song about an ex who refused to acknowledge Jules’ pronouns after they came out as non-binary, sparked contentious debate online, making Jules a target for both praise and hate speech.

Jules continued, “Hate comments don’t bother me. I’ve got a lot saying ‘you’re going to hell,’ ‘you are lying to yourself,’ or ‘you’re a girl.’ Those I can deal with. But I’ve never gotten a comment saying ‘this is a shitty song,’ and that’s how I know I’m doing something right.”

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