How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music since forever. I began making up melody-driven instrumental compositions when I was much younger and then started making songs with lyrics in my tween years. But I started giving it a real ‘I want to make this a career’ go about three and a half years ago.
What inspired your latest tracks?
For the very last track I recorded, Somebody Sure, I drew on my experience in classical choirs for my vocal delivery and the harmonies/backing vocals I chose. Just listening to the track I can hear the influence of the Magnificats and other lovely canticles I used to sing in my school choir in the melody. The ending ‘Amen’ was deliberately inspired by the endings of such hymns. I think all this choir influence stuff comes about when I get self-reflective or write with a pulsing, driving rhythm in my head (which I tend to like), and I think head or ‘breathy’ voice goes well with that.
The track before that, Lonely Too, is more my typical soulful pop style. I get inspired when I find a cool chord progression and then imagine some cool beat in my head. I like rhythmic phrases and almost using syllables to create rhythms. This song for me was all about the melody complimenting the rhythm. I really enjoy playing this one live.
What process do you go through to create your music?
The start of the process is always different. It could be anything from having a hook just pop into my head at 2am, me playing around on my guitar or piano trying to come up with a hook, singing over some instrumental track that’s playing on TV and coming up with a cool melody or whatever. Then it usually goes on to me building the rest of the song on guitar. Often I’ll blurt out some lyric alongside coming up with a melodic hook and that’ll end up sticking so I’ll write around whatever theme those lyrics imply.
How would you describe your sound?
‘Soulful pop’ and ‘singer/songwriter’.
What would your dream collaboration be?
That’s really hard to answer but right now, probably the genius duo that is The Neptunes – made up of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. I absolutely love their production style.
Where can we catch you performing next?
At The Slaughtered Lamb in London on Thursday 12 April.