Unstoppable drop out
SYDNEY 16- year- old Christina Parie has swapped high school for lessons of the rock ‘ n’ roll variety.
This year, Parie ( pictured) did a deal with her concerned parents to drop out for a year to pursue a music career.
Signing a deal with Warner Music, which spotted Parie’s talent on last year’s X- Factor, was a good confidence boost.
One afternoon in the studio making her debut EP 16 and Unstoppable, Parie had an unexpected guest tutor in Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas.
She came bearing gifts – a song she and sister Lisa wrote, Back To Life.
‘‘ The Veronicas at Hordern Pavilion was my first concert,’’ Parie says. ‘‘ And now Jess from The Veronicas is coming in pitching me a song. It was cool. And soon we were working together, it wasn’t like a fan/ superstar relationship.’’
Origliasso also gave Parie the kind of lesson she couldn’t get at school: pop songwriting 101.
‘‘ The way Jess talked about writing songs was so literal,’’ Parie says.
‘‘ She’d say ‘ OK, but if he did that why would you do that?’ She made it so easy to understand.
‘‘ She made it like a story, ‘ What happened next? And what would you do? And let’s make that rhyme’.
‘‘ It was so realistic it really helped me.’’
Parie used the tips when writing her first serious tune, Ex Oh.
It’s a cautionary tale of a relationship gone sour after a boy started wearing Parie’s clothes.
‘‘ Think you’re a rock star but keep on wearing my jeans, think you’re a hot shot, you couldn’t have me in your dreams,’’ a bitter Parie vents. ‘‘ It’s a real story,’’ she says. ‘‘ When your boyfriend says, ‘ Can I wear your jeans babe?’ that’s when you should start asking why. Alarm bells should be going off.’’
Is it about skinny- jean- loving wannabe rock star Reece Mastin, who was linked to Parie on last year’s X- Factor?
‘‘ He’s the only guy people have ever seen me near, so I’m expecting people to think it’s about Reece. But it’s about relationships I’ve been in, in general, summing them up in one song,’’ Parie says.
Parie gets cautious when asked if Mastin has heard the song yet.
‘‘ Um, I don’t think so. I don’t mind. It’s not about him,’’ she says. ‘‘ He’ll probably think ‘ What?’ when he hears it but we weren’t in a relationship so I don’t know why he would. We were just close friends during the show.’’
Parie says her supportive parents are starting to understand.
‘‘ They’re cool now, but they were the typical Greek parents: ‘ You’re never dropping out of school. You’re never dying your hair. You’re never getting a piercing’,’’ she says.
‘‘ Those three things went out the window.
‘‘ But as long as I wasn’t dropping out of school to do nothing.
‘‘ With my schedule I’d only be at school once a term maybe. It was the realistic thing to do.
‘‘ I learn so much more in what I do now than I ever did in school.
‘‘ You become more worldly. If you know what you want to do and you’ve got a plan – and school helps you with that plan – I say go with it. I work that plan every day and it’s hard work. It’s not just photo shoots and the glossy stuff.’’