How did you get into music?
When I was young I wanted to be an actress, and I went to drama school, but I always had an affinity with music. I took piano lessons when I was a kid and I wrote a lot of poetry and it was a natural progression I guess. I was in a really dark place a couple of years back and music became my escape, a way for me to express myself, it saved me in so many ways.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
I was lucky enough to see Amy Winehouse in Blackpool and it had a profound effect on me. I left that gig knowing that making music was going to be my creative outlet.
Why is music important to you?
It’s how I make sense of life. I find it fascinating that people all over the world can connect with each other, spiritually and emotionally, through sound.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
It’s a mixture. I’m inspired immensely by art and poetry; I think it’s hugely important to have a point of view and to express that artistically. All my song are autobiographical, so I’m inspired by the things that happen to me, how that makes me feel, the people in my life, my emotions and theirs, what’s going on in the world around me. Inspiration comes from everywhere.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?
Solid Ground was the first song I wrote, so it will always be special to me, but it’s hard to put yourself into a place that makes you vulnerable, especially when all the songs are so personal. I’m working on my next EP at the moment, so I’m excited to start singing the new tunes live.
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Here’s the dream gig: Nao, FKA Twigs, MØ, Years And Years, Shura, Lykke Li, Marina, The Japanese House.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
The Ruby Lounge in Manchester is where I had my first ever gig, so it holds a special place in my heart
If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
Baroquetronica; classical orchestral elements fused with synths and electronic beats.
Tiërny’s single Solid Ground is out now on Spotify.