1) Who are some artists who inspired you growing up?
A: I was always so inspired by Joni Mitchell and Alison Krauss. Growing up as a 90s kid, I was hugely into my boy bands and girl bands but then when I first heard Joni and Alison, I realized just how special music and songwriting could be. How it could tell a story and make you feel connected. They’re masters of that and I wanted to be just like them.
2) What made you want to start making music and become an artist?
A: I was just always so obsessed with how songs can speak to us so personally and I was so desperate to try and recreate that. There’s no better feeling when you’ve taken a moment or a lyric or a melody and it all comes together into a song that you know feels right. That more than anything js what drove me to pursue music and a career as an artist. I wouldn’t want to do anything else!
3) Do you remember the first song you wrote and what do you think about it now?
A: Yes! I was about 15 and it was an upbeat little thing (which is hysterical considering most of the stuff I wrote now tends to bit more melancholy… ). It wasn’t very good at all. Haha. Although, I think my Mum actually still has the piece of paper I wrote it on all those years ago, with all it’s crossings out and rhyming ideas, so maybe I should dig it out and see if there’s anything salvageable there!
4) What was the idea behind your single Ready Now?
A: Ready Now is probably the most personal song I’ve written so far. I knew that I wanted to approach the concept of it for some time but never really felt confident or comfortable enough to do it. However, when I met Rachel at our write, she instantly put me at ease and so I played her the idea I had and it became what it is today. Ultimately, it’s about allowing yourself to be vulnerable with someone else again and I’m really proud with how it turned out.
5) How long did it take you to put together and are you an artist that knows when it's done or has to be told to stop tinkering with it?
A: Ready Now was pretty much finished in that one session. I tend to try and not put too much pressure on finishing a song in one go. There seems to be a lot of that going on where you MUST write a hit in the few hours you have with someone and it’s never sat comfortable with me. You know when you’re on to something good and you just need the time and the right people. I always feel like I know when something’s finished - it’s all about the atmosphere it gives you.
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