Who inspired you to make music?
What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?
I start with whatever comes into my head first, whether its a lyric, or sometimes its a melody. It has to come natural to me! I play the guitar so usually I’m playing some chords and work out a melody that way too!
What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?
I believe my new single ‘Devils Game’ is one the best songs I’ve released, purely because of the story behind it. I never imagined how hard it would be to write about someone, not just someone I didn’t know, but someone who ended their own life. It’s such a tragedy as it is, but trying to write about it, you kind of have to put all your energy, emotions and feelings into it. It wasn’t a 5 minute lyrical inspiration put it that way. But what I ended up with was something I am very proud of. I reached new heights with my songwriting because I finally broke out of that shell of writing about myself 99% of the time. It’s made me a better writer too and also helps to add emphasis on the actual events of the story behind the song, gambling, addiction, suicide, the song has great purpose and that’s what I believe is a great song. Not blowing my own trumpet or anything!
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
To take small steps to succeed and accept failure too. Take steps you can achieve, not ones that aren’t measurable. It’s easy to sit here and say I’m going to be famous, 9 times out of ten people who want that, don’t get it. Its not easy getting what you want unless your already a millionaire, even then money doesn’t buy you everything. I’ve learnt to keep my head on my shoulders, and work hard, and be the best I can be and success will come in all forms, not necessarily fame and fortune.
If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)
Double chocolate chip because its full of flavour, leaves you wanting more, and you can dip it in your tea more than twice!
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Hmmm that’s a good question, I think its had positive affects in the way that you can take control of your own career to an extent, there’s more opportunities to generate your own fanbase in various ways, for example: you can now through social media engage more with your fans on a personal level. Everything has become soooo accessible. For the negative reasons… The problem with engaging with fans on a personal level is, you might not want to!
I don’t particular like sharing my whole daily life with people I don’t really know, there’s only so much I want to share, however I feel the artists that hare the most, even their naked skin, tend to get a lot more likes and followers! It’s become a very intrusive world. I feel we have lost our way a little because of the internet and how accessible it now is, it’s too personal.
Everything seems to have gone too much about technology. I’m all for artists having more scope to building their own career without a label or middle man etc. and doing online shows and recording music in our bedrooms. However the results of this are that the industry has become soo saturated, my little 5 year old niece could release a song on Spotify and iTunes if they wanted to. There’s no barriers or filters in place anymore. There’s just no limit between the HUGE amount of people uploading music which negatively impacts the whole industry as it just saturates and doesn’t separate the good from the rubbish, the artists who take their careers seriously and have the experience of performing and touring etc., than the bedroom players or kids who come from privilege backgrounds who have money to just create music, but they have no clue on how much time and effort goes into truly perfecting this talent of being a musicians/singer, entertainer, performer, producer, songwriter etc.
It’s just a real tough industry right now (like others who have gone through the same problems) and I personally believe its not having a positive effect. But at the same time I don’t know what the answer is. But there needs to be platforms that have a layer or that have filters in place that stop the rubbish from clogging up the industry, but until then Spotify will earn billions from millions of people (whether your an artist or not) wanting to release music.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
The above! I wouldn’t have let social media get so personal and out of control as it has. It’s difficult to know exactly how to change it for the good because we are so far into it now, that social media literally controls everyone’s lives. Quite scary really.
What is the most useless talent you have?
Maths I would say, I’m rubbish at it! oh and ironing! I’m a leftie so I find it difficult to iron without wrapping my arms up with the wire!
When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?
I shall never be done with music, it’s all I know and all I have thrown myself into since I was 12 years old. Without music there is no me and I shall continue performing on a stage for as long as I can!
What is your most recent project/upcoming project?
Devil’s Game, the new single is out now! Go check it out!