If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
We’ve sort of fused Flashdance with MC Hammer shit.
How did you get into music?
I’ve always sang since I was a child, like I was a musical and Disney singer before anything else, lots of singing competitions and stuff like that. Then I started loving female singers and songwriters in my teens and loved the idea of being one so decided to study singing at Uni, which I guess is when I started getting into it properly. That was like 10 years ago now, so it’s just been non-stop writing and bands since then.
What’s the latest song you have you – and what does it say about you?
We’ve nothing out yet! We need to get a wriggle on.
Did you have any particular artists in mind as an influence when you started out? What about them do you think you’ve taken into your music?
I used to want to sound like Laura Marling but that’s gone now. One thing I know I’ve definitely picked up on are lengthy endings. That’s from growing up listening to 90s stuff. I love a good 10-11-minuter, especially live! Radiohead and The War On Drugs do it now, don’t they? As a band, we love all that. Generally, I don’t know what we’ve picked up and who from because I’ve noticed the artists most people say we sound like are artists I don’t know, or don’t realise I know. So then I’ll listen to those artists people compare us to and think, ‘Ah right, OK,’ and that’s it. It’s nice to hear what I can’t hear, definitely. Largely though, everyone picks up ideas from the people they listen to the most don’t they, I think it’s impossible not to. We do that as a band.
Do you feel a responsibility to respond to current affairs or contemporary situations through your music?
I don’t want to sound selfish at all, but no I don’t; maybe one day but not now.
How does where you are from affect your writing (if at all)?
Well I’m from the world’s smallest village in North Wales, though I never sing about that. I’ve been living on and off in Liverpool for 11 years, so I reckon there’s stuff about this city in there, the people I’ve met, deffo.
What are the overriding external influences on your music?
Individually, our music tastes are quite varied, so playing a new song together for the first time always brings together those influences. Listening to new music definitely, and writing about people too, but I guess that’s pretty obvious. I find it’s better when I don’t think about it, though. I’ve noticed recently that I love singing about real ‘things’ and daily happenings/experiences, like I’ve been singing a lot about clothes and shopping! It sounds so incredibly boring and shallow, but the lines are actually very personal without being in-your-face personal I reckon. I love trying to set a scene too, so the listener can really picture what’s going on. My favourite writers are people like Kurt Vile, where there’s no filter, like it just all rambles out without trying.
How do you see your career progressing from where you are now (in an ideal situation)?
I just want us to be 10000000% happy. With the band, I’d like us to just keep going and to make music together forever, tour, write, the works. I reckon it’s deffo possible. Personally, I want to write really, really good songs too and I’d love to feature as a singer on other artists’ work, that one’s always been a goal.
Why is music important to you?
Because it really is the only thing I properly, properly 1000000% love. And it takes you to places nothing else can, doesn’t it?
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Craig told me to listen to Majical Cloudz. I quite like Drugstore, Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions and Françoise Hardy, but you probs already know all these!