Hayley Williams Reflects On Being Called A ‘Veteran’ In Rock Music

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Paramore’s frontwoman Hayley Williams recently talked about how people started to call her a veteran for spending a reasonable amount of time in the rock industry. Even though she has been on the scene for almost two decades, she admitted still feeling like a fan.

Hayley Williams was discovered when she was only 14 and was supported to start a solo career. However, as a rock fan, she wanted to begin her journey in a band and play pop-punk music. Atlantic Records signed her, and they were determined to make her wishes come true. She formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro, and Jeremy Davis, whom she met in school.

Williams was only 16 when their debut album ‘All We Know is Falling’ was released. Williams and Josh Farro wrote most of the songs. The album is talked about as a ‘scene classic’ for the subgenre of pop-punk. Hence, Williams’ influence started very early on in her career.

In a recent conversation, Williams talked about this influence and the fact that she’s now being called a veteran, what you call someone who spent a long time working for the benefit of a specific thing. Williams is a pop-punk veteran for the fans, even though she still feels like a fan. She stated that it is true that she grew up in the scene for almost two decades, yet she still listens to new artists and discovers them as well.

Here is Williams’ take on being a veteran:

“Not long ago, people started calling me a ‘veteran’ of my scene and the music industry. It sounds so funny to me because most of the time, I still feel like a fan. The serious truth is I have, in fact, grown up in this scene for the last two decades. I guess that’s a pretty long time.

I’m really excited to have the opportunity to publicly nerd out about bands and songs that make my favorite subgenre feel like home to me. And while it will be fun to take some trips down memory lane, I’m just as excited, if not more, to play music from new artists I’m discovering all the time.”

Paramore released their most recent album, ‘After Laughter,’ in 2017. Since then, Williams ventured off to extend her discography with solo albums and EPs. She released the albums named ‘Petals for Armor’ in 2020 and ‘Flowers for Vases / Descansos’ in 2021. Her EPs, ‘Petals for Armor I,’ ‘Petals for Armor II,’ and ‘Petals for Armor: Self-Serenades,’ were released in 2020. The fans are awaiting for Paramore to make a comeback soon and release another album after a five-year break.