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INTERVIEW: Hattie Briggs

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

Very busy and exhausted, but good thanks!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Up To You”?

I’ll go straight into ‘promotional-speak’ if I may! It’s a soulful, summer pop song about waiting for somebody you love. The track has catchy trumpet riffs and chilled out guitar along with some sweet sounding harmonies. I think it’s the perfect sound for a day at the beach or chilled out BBQ in the sunshine. Even though I say so myself.

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

Maybe…

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we’ve just filmed an awesome video which will be out mid July. I won’t give too much away for now as I want it to be a surprise.*

How was the recording and writing process?

Pretty quick and easy on this one. I wrote it last Autumn ** and knew it would be a summer single. The recording was a bit of an experiment as we didn’t quite know the direction of the production at the beginning, but it became clear pretty quickly and I’m super happy with the results. ***

With all the success coming your way – does that put any pressure on you or rather the opposite?

Errrrmmm, I don’t really feel under pressure. I just try my best and that’s all I can do. Success for me at the moment is enjoying the process and surviving as a full-time singer-songwriter in London.

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

No, not consciously. I just take all the advice and help I can get.

How has the road been treating you so far?

Very good, and not so good. When you play an amazing gig to an audience who completely gets your music, it’s the best feeling in the world – there’s nothing else like it. Touring is a very mixed bag I find, and often quite exhausting, but one thing I can be sure of is that I always meet some wonderful people on my travels. 

Any highlights?

The O2 Brooklyn Bowl supporting Ward Thomas was pretty awesome.

How do your set and approach change as you play local or overseas?

It doesn’t really, I just have to speak a bit slower when I’m abroad if I’m talking in between songs. Sometimes I introduce myself in the audience’s first language, like Dutch for example, which seems to go down quite well as they aren’t expecting an English person to make the effort.

What else is happening next in Hattie Briggs’ world?

More gigs, more recording, more writing, more busking, more releases, maybe some time off at some point, maybe not, haha. Bit of luck it doesn’t feel like work.

* The video is directed by the theatre-director and playwright friend of mine, Georgie Staight. She introduced me to a great filmmaker, Ben Mann and the super talented actress Sophie Robertson.

** The song was written just a couple of days before the Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017 final. I decided to play it live that night and was delighted that I went on to win the competition.

*** The single was recorded, produced and mixed with Thomas Aston who has also been working with Knightstown.

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