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INTERVIEW: Tiggi Hawke

Hi Tiggi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hiya! I’m feeling on top of the world at the moment, on release day I was a mess and I was so nervous but I can’t believe the positivity that’s been coming my way. I feel so lucky!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Me Too'”?

It would be my absolutely pleasure! I wrote ‘Me Too’ from my own experiences, I can only tell my own story, but I also wrote it out of admiration for the incredibly brave people who have come forward with their owns stories as part of the #metoo movement. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I would not have felt that I could release something as personal as ‘Me Too’ without them paving the way, and for that I’m am immensely grateful.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes. As a woman in a male dominated industry, you’re going to experience some archaic beliefs and preconceptions, I’ve had my share for sure. But outside of work, it doesn’t stop either. This song is about all of that and more, I’d like to dedicate to others actually who’ve come forward and helped to grow the #metoo campaign and highlight the sheer number of offences that occur on a daily basis and saying enough is enough. This is my way of sharing my experiences and hopefully helping to push for the change that we all want to see. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I have a lyric video out on youtube at the moment (I think it looks awesome!) and no immediate plans to make a full video to be honest. To me, this song is about it’s lyrics, it’s about asking that question, ‘What would your mama say?’, and having the message stand out as far as possible. I would rather that than me dancing badly!

How was the recording and writing process?

Emotional! In the past, I’ve tended to shy away from the topic, but I was working in Berlin with an incredible writer and she supported me all the way. It was very introspective but I think that was a good thing, it’s centred around the question, ‘What would your mama say?’, instead of pointing fingers. It’s our stories, we know the perpetrators, but what if they were asked that question? And how would they feel if they found out their mother had likely experienced something similar? I have no idea what the answer would be! All I hope is that someone hears it and stops and thinks.

After the success from your previous music, were you any nervous while working on this newest single?

Truthfully, I’m always nervous when I’m releasing a song! But this time was pretty nerve-wracking especially because of the lyrical content and the subject. I’m incredibly grateful for the success of my previous music, it’s more than I could have hoped for so I don’t want to let anyone down, especially my fans. They’ve been amazing though, their support has boosted and empowered me more than they know and I can’t wait to share more new music with them!

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else than when you are writing in your own?

I think so, but I don’t really think about it when I’m actually writing! I love collaborating, its such a case of throwing ideas out there and bouncing things off each other that quite often you come up with something you may never have thought of alone. Also, with time, you start to grow a relationship with other writers and we’re one supportive bunch! 

Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

I’m gonna have to let you down here… no album, sorry! What with the relatively sudden switch to streaming I personally have decided that I would rather release singles more regularly, rather than disappearing for a while to write a whole album. I do have a ton of new songs to release in the next few months though! I guess it might be the numbers of songs in an album but spread out over 2018… compromise?!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The next song I’m planning to release will be in mid-April, not even that far away! I can’t tell you too much (or I’d have to kill you…) (I’m joking) (obviously!) but I adore it. I worked on it with an amazing producer who I know very well and it means a lot to both of us. 

How personal can we expect this new material to be?

The next releases will definitely be personal, I always write from my own experiences so they always end up being quite intimate, and there are a few that definitely follow up on ‘Me Too’. I’m pretty outspoken and that’s leaking through in the songs now for sure so just a quick heads up!

Any plans to hit the road?

Oh yeah, baby! I’ve got a lot of gigs lined up and we’re looking at hitting the road towards the end of the year but don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted! I always put the dates and venues up on my instagram (@tiggihawke) so keep an eye out cos I would LOVE to see you there!

What else is happening next in Tiggi Hawke’s world?

I’m travelling a lot to write with some amazing producers, I’ve got some super exciting gigs lined up AND I’ve got a list of new songs to share… what could be better?! Oh! And it’s my cat’s birthday soon so excitement all round…! (he hates it.)

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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