Hi Eloise, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been amazing; I’ve been waiting to get my new track out for ages so I’m buzzing about that!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Drop Dead Gorgeous”?
The single is about female expression and power; over the last year in particular I’ve found solace in films, TV, music etc where women are portrayed with strength and passion. The thing is, it’s impossible to find any media where a woman can be victim and killer, women are always vulnerable or vicious so I wanted to play with that in the song.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It was a mixture of personal and public things; the spotlight that’s been placed on the treatment of women over the last year has been affecting for everyone and it’s a mixture of being liberating and terrifying, that’s what inspired me. Women are expected to behave a certain way to seem pleasant and that’s not compatible with being bitter and angry so I felt inspired to play into the stereotypes of vicious, murderous women to get those emotions across.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I have a lyric video up my sleeve, loads of footage of chandeliers and animals which is pretty characteristic for me!
How was the recording and writing process?
It was really good, I worked with Mikko Gordon on this track and once I got the lyric “you are drop dead gorgeous, could you drop dead?” out there the rest of it flowed pretty quickly, it was one of the fastest songs I’ve ever written.
What role does Horror and Sci-fi play in your music?
I’m fascinated by the depiction of women in horror; there is always this split between the suggestive, flamboyant female killer and the helpless, sexless victim, it says so much about how we view feminity. I also just think 80s horror and Tarantino films are really cool stylistically, I find the imagery inspiring.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
I think so, it’s good to have someone else to moderate some of the things I write. When I am on my own I’ll write something based off a 70s Barbie advert or something ridiculous and it makes sense to me but when I’m writing with other people I think about what I’m really saying more, I get less caught up in metaphors.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I’m writing a lot at the moment, I’ve been so inspired since Drop Dead Gorgeous so I’m working on more music that feels in that space. It’s been cool to hear a new voice coming through in my songs, it’s like I have a bitter 80s soap opera star living in my mind!