From Satellite Beach, FL, Lindsay Perry is the definition of multi-talented. As a musician, artist and surfer, she has managed to combine her love for all things creative and turn them into full-time careers. The road along the way hasn’t always been easy. By the age of 16, Lindsay left home to pursue her passions and make a living out of what she loves. It wasn’t long after when everything started to fall into place. Lindsay has since began writing and recording her own music and working on a new album and rocking out and performing at various music festivals. When she’s not creating in music, art, performing or catching a wave, she’s creating for Spy, Sun Bum and Taylor Guitars. Lindsay is all about carefree living and using her creative outlets as a form of self-expression – she’s exactly the type of girl that you can hang out with, grab a beer, and chill.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. YOU WEAR MANY HATS. HOW DID YOUR PASSION FOR MUSIC, ART AND SURFING BEGIN?
I started surfing at age 16 and I kind of instantly knew it was something that I loved and wanted to make into a career of some sort. It’s been epic being a part of the Billabong family so that I’m able to have freedom to be a creative and to be able to keep my surfing as a constant in all of my work ventures. The music began at a young age… I played Clarinet from 11-13, and then I taught myself how to play guitar at 14. It’s just something that makes a lot of sense to me. It’s my heart beat, so to speak.
DO YOU FIND IT HARD TO JUGGLE IT ALL?
Definitely. It’s a bit overwhelming at times but I feel so thankful to do what I love for my living. I’d say it’s a labor of love. :)
WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY LIKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? ANY BUMPS/ROAD BLOCKS ALONG THE WAY?
It definitely wasn’t an easy road, that’s for sure. My mother and I got separated at age 13, and then I was then adopted. I left home at age 16 to pursue my dream (music, surf, art lifestyle), so it’s been a long journey of self-realization and self responsibly. My mother, step sister and aunt passing at age 18 was probably one of the hardest things I had to deal with, but I feel like all triumphs are worth the tribulations.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FESTIVAL ESSENTIAL MUST-PACKS?
I try to keep my packing to a minimal: Good shoes, sunscreen, phone charger and the bare essential makeup items (concealer, blush, mascara), otherwise I keep a pretty light load.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FESTIVAL STYLE?
I’d probably say funky. I’m super into vintage finds and expressive attire.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE?
Performing SXSW last year, for sure. Otherwise, there is this rad festival called The Frendly Gathering, held in Vermont. It's kind of like the modern day Woodstock, put on by snowboarders. Pictured above: Lindsay in People Phillips
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT GOING TO FESTIVALS?
I love being submerged in the culture and the travel adventure of it.
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE FESTIVAL TO ATTEND OR PERFORM AT, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
I performed SXSW last year and it was the best thing ever. That was definitely one of the coolest festivals I’ve attended so far. I’d love to go back and play. You can't go wrong with the South, for one, and there's just something so magical about Austin, TX. The Frendly Gathering, in Vermont, is also at the top of the list for favorite festivals.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS/BANDS?
My friend Trickster Guru is definitely one of my favorites right now… otherwise, I’m really into blues music and the blues culture (Nashville, Memphis, etc.) old and new.
WHAT FESTIVAL TRENDS ARE YOU DIGGING THIS SEASON?
I'm not really the best to pay attention to trends. In my personal opinion, it's all been done over and over again. I love to see self-expression via clothing and people wearing authentic attire that gets them in the mood.
GO-TO SECRET WEAPON OR MUST-HAVE WHEN ATTENDING A FESTIVAL?
WHAT MAKES UP A RAD FESTIVAL?
The lineup, for one. I'd also love to go to a fall festival. Things get a bit sticky in the summer. Location wise; I’m a sucker for anything in the woods. The Suwanee River Jam, in Live Oak, Florida, is super rad and such epic southern vibes.
MUSIC FESTIVALS DRAW IN SUCH A DIVERSE GROUP OF PEOPLE, FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. WHAT'S ONE THING YOU LOVE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE?
It's always good to escape the normal conversation and meet people that you'd wouldn’t ordinarily find yourself to be in the company of. I've met some of the most amazing humans at festivals. To me, there's just something really special about the people that attend these events and their intentions along with it.
WHAT DOES SURFING MEAN TO YOU? HOW/WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET STARTED?
Surfing is definitely a great release for me. There’s something so to be said about being in gods playground. I first started surfing at 16. My best girlfriend and I became really in love with the beauty of the culture and it kind of progressed from there.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SURF RITUALS?
Music and Coffee! Anything that’s got a good, up beat melody will always get me going.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE BREAK?
My home town of New Smyrna Beach.
WOMEN'S SURFING HAS INCREASED A GREAT DEAL IN POPULARITY. HOW DO YOU FEEL THE CURRENT IMAGE OF FEMALE SURFERS HAS INVOLVED FROM THE PAST?
I definitely think it’s becoming a bit more of an “athletic” perspective, as where before it was a bit more of a “surfer girl” type of thing. These gals are working so hard at being fully respected athletes and doing exactly what it takes to make it.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FEMALE SURFERS THAT YOU LOOK UP TO?
I love all of the girls that I’m on Billabong with: Alessa Quizon, Laura Enever and Courtney Conlogue to name a few. It’s been rad getting to travel with those girls over the past 5 or so years.
IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY FREE SURFING WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?
I love being at home with my closest friends in Florida. The vibe is always epic and everyone is having fun.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT SURFING THAT HAS GOT YOU HOOKED?
Being on the edge of the continent where all the stresses and worries of the day fade away.
IF YOU COULD PICK ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TO SURF, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Anywhere with fun, clear, warm water and fun right hand breaks.
YOU WORK WITH RICHER POORER, HOW DID THIS RELATIONSHIP BEGIN?
RP did a collaboration with Spy, who is also one of my sponsors. I met a few of those guys at the event. I’ve been a huge fan of the RP family since they began, years ago.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT RICHER POORER THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WORK WITH THEM?
HONEST HUSTLE! Those folks are some of the hardest working, humble humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of being affiliated with.
WHERE HAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH RICHER POORER TAKEN YOU? ANY COOL PROJECTS THAT YOU'VE WORKED ON OR PLACES YOU'VE BEEN?
I think we’re going to do a capsule collection this year, which I’m beyond excited about. They’ve taken me to a place of full appreciation of my creative process and craft, which is anything an artist could ask for.
LASTLY, WHAT DOES SUMMER MEAN TO YOU—WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU ESPECIALLY LIKE TO DO IN THE SUMMER?
Summer is the time for sun kissed skin and salty hair ;) love the long beach days, beers with friends and nighttime bonfire jams.
Pictured above: Lindsay in Birkenstock Silver Arizona