How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I usually write the lyrics along with the melody. So it all kind of happens at the same time. I’ll sit down with my guitar and it either happens or it doesn’t. I never force it anymore.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I think truly telling a story is the most important thing. And also for me, the more details the better. That paired with a good melody and you’re all set!
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I’m a pretty open person so it doesn’t really scare me. I think there’s something so amazing about opening up about personal experiences I’ve had and getting to hear someone say they’ve been in a similar situation and that they could really relate to the song. That’s worth putting yourself out there. It’s what music is all about.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
2 favourites from the EP would have to be…
“I’m scared of the things I couldn’t say today. And I’m scared that being scared is what’s getting in my way” from “Something to Say” and “But that beach day haunts me, oh yeah it cost me, guess there’s a price just to want you to want me. Tell me how much do I owe?” from “Your Mother.”
What inspired “Something to Say”, part of your upcoming EP “Apartment 101″?
I was struggling and I felt like everyone was aware of that and trying to help but it wasn’t helping. I needed to figure out stuff on my own. I had fallen and I needed to figure out a few things and pick myself back up.
Do you remember the day you wrote “There You Go Again”?
I do! I was in my apartment. ‘Apartment 101‘ to be exact 🙂 and I got the chorus and was so excited. So sassy and fun.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
There’s definitely a somber sort of feel and lyrically it’s a lot of learning and coming to realizations.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
The list goes on and on. They were a huge part of this EP and why it sounds the way it does. One thing that always sticks out in my mind is recording “Spilled Milk.” I had been standing while recording the vocals like I usually do but it wasn’t hitting right. He asked how I wrote it and I said sitting down on my bed and he told me I should sit. I sat down and recorded the vocal in one take.
What are your plans for 2019?
Just started my first US tour!! I’ll be performing at record stores across the country as well as private performances at radio stations. Promoting my EP Apartment 101 which comes out November 1st and also heading back to London to work on more music!
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your EP “Apartment 101″: Vulnerable.
- The best show you ever played: Radio Disney Music Awards.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water! Haha I’m pretty low maintenance.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: Don’t ignore your gut feeling. If it doesn’t feel right it’s cause it isn’t. Only give your love to those who deserve it, those who appreciate it.