Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with I.AM.WILLOW find out more about her.
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from the island of Malta. That’s where I did my classical piano studies which then lead to my own composition and eventually songwriting. I was writing before I was singing and performing. It took me a lot more time to pluck up the courage to perform but once I started I immediately fell in love with being on stage.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My first obsession was with the boy band Hanson whom I loved for their musicality and harmonies. They seemed to make music so effortlessly. I wanted to be like them and write killer hooks, play the piano (Taylor was my favourite) and sing. I even hoped I could convince my brothers to each learn a different instrument so we could form a band but alas they had other plans. Since then I’ve been hugely influenced by Goldfrapp’s ‘Felt Mountain’ as well as artists such as Tori Amos, Woodkid, M83, Vaults, Banks and Kevin Garrett. Sia is also a big songwriting influence.
How would you describe your sound?
When I’m at my most inspired state of mind I tend to picture visuals as I’m writing songs and I fall into a very cinematic musical landscape. My lyrics are very descriptive, introspective and also quite visual. But my love for a strong pop hook always brings me back to a more ‘commercial’ sound. So I seem to have stumbled upon this cross-over between pop and cinematic music. It’s like a pop sound fit for a movie soundtrack.
What’s your local music scene like?
These days the UK is my local music scene. Although I know there are some amazing Maltese artists making a name for themselves in London. I’d like to shout out to my friends Canvas Wall and Dana McKeon!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
As well as a very big writing trip in LA I’ll be putting out a lot of music in 2017. Look out for my up-and-coming single ‘Take It All’ in Feb/March. More singles and an EP will also follow. Festival dates are yet to be confirmed.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Sia would be a dream to work with. Wow! I can’t even imagine what we’d come up with!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I have a tendency to mess up my words sometimes. Usually when I’m overworked. It’s quite funny when my audience knows my lyrics better than I do. So I tend to make up words on the spot. It doesn’t always work though haha!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I think that everyone that knows me well also knows how much music comes first in my life. It comes before me to a certain extent. It can be a blessing and a curse but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I just want my music to get heard and hopefully, more than anything, to make a difference.