KCRW’s Private Playlist: Wallice

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. LA’s Wallice began writing songs in middle school, contemplating secret crushes over instruments she learned to play in the school band. Drawing upon influences from bossanova to Black Eyed Peas, her music feels sweet and nostalgic, with a rowdy edge borrowed from her love of latter-day indie rock. Wallice’s early musical ambitions led her to the New School’s Jazz Vocal Performance program in New York, but a thirst for independence drew her back to California after one year.

Linking up creatively with a childhood friend, she released her debut single, “Punching Bag,” during the pandemic. Within weeks, a million bedroom-bound listeners gave her a breakout SoundCloud smash. The blogosphere followed suit, with kudos from tastemakers including The Line of Best FitPigeons & Planes, and The FADER. Wallice recently released her fourth single, “Hey Michael,” a wry takedown of self-important Gen Z boys through the lens of an unreliable female narrator.