Hi Hope, welcome to VENTS! How are you preparing for your upcoming gigs supporting Brian McFadden in London?
Can’t quite believe I’ll be supporting Brian McFadden, I’m so excited and my mum will definitely play some Westlife on the way there. In terms of preparation; Just going over my set and keeping my voice strong!
Can you talk to us more about your background?
I’ve grown up just on the edge of London in Hertfordshire. Despite not having many typically musical members of my family – I was brought up listening to a huge variety of music instead. My family had quite a tough time when I was growing up due to the illness of one of my close family members, so my brother and I often spent time in and out of hospital waiting rooms. But despite this, I do remember being lucky to have a very happy childhood. It was a balance I guess. A lot of this experience fuelled my outlook on life and thus my love of the arts. My dad said that whatever I did, he knew it would be something in the arts.
What can the audience expect from your set at the upcoming gigs?
I’ve spent a lot of time in the past year honing my songwriting craft. I’ve written with a lot of people – and so what I hope people will take away from my set is a sense of authenticity and soul.
Where do you find the inspiration for your songs and lyrics?
Ooh hard to say- So many different places! I think that’s the life of an artist, everything you do could inspire something. I’d say I have a lot of moments of inspiration just before I’m about to fall asleep, where my brain is the buzziest. Immediately after quite an emotional event I feel that I have to write. Working on the EP I found a lot of inspiration from the political situation today; especially everything to do with #metoo. It’s a really inspiring time to be a woman. Simply sitting on the train and listening in on all the different conversations can be great inspiration. Yeah be careful on the train, never sit near someone with a notepad and pen out!
What is your favourite thing about making music?
Performing live is one of my favourite things to do, not just the part of being on stage, but those half shouting conversations you have with a complete stranger in the back of a really loud venue – music seems to evoke a real honest and communal quality in a bunch of strangers. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of that. Music has the power to make people time travel back to 30 years ago when they hear a few seconds of their favourite song growing up. Most of all, I think creating a song out of thin air, I just love it. Creating life and magic just from your hand and mind, it’s so cool. I feel really lucky I’m able to do it.
What role does your hometown play in your writing?
I’ve always had a strange relationship with my hometown. It probably informed my songwriting by the fact of wanting to get away from it all. I’ve spent a lot of my youth detesting it and trying my best to escape down to London, being in the art and culture. My hometown’s values have never reflected my own, but it is still the place I grew up and so I love it because of that.
How your upbringing has influence your music?
My upbringing was a mixture of great memories and a huge amount of love, to a lot of adult stuff a little person doesn’t usually take on so early. I dealt with my grief in a creative way by writing poetry, which later on turned into my songwriting. I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today without all the shit stuff. Everybody’s a mixture of their shit stuff and their not shit stuff, right? I also don’t know whether I would have made the leap of going into the music industry had I not been given this outlook on life by my childhood. People underestimate how tough this industry is – and had I not been given certain experiences, I don’t think I would have ever dreamed of breaking out of the mould.
What are your plans for after the Autumn shows?
Working on my EP! I am so excited to get a debut record together I actually need to slow myself down and not rush it out. I’m so proud of a lot of singles I’ve written this year – so as soon as I get back in the studio it’s all gonna be about the EP.
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