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 Zoe Unsworth find out more about her...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from a small town in Lancashire called Leigh, I started to develop an interest in music from a young age beginning piano lessons age 6. It was not until I reached around 12 years old when I began to sing and start to write music of my own. From there I knew that music and creating music was exactly what I wanted to do.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up, my dad listened to the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Etta James and Roy Orbison. I was always drawn to Elvis' music and still am to this day, the rawness of his vocals in songs such as 'If I Can Dream' and 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' is an incredible sound. As well as the older artists, I find myself listening to a mix of modern music including Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, Lianne La Havas, Damien Rice and Elbow. The soul sound and voices of the likes of Winehouse, Mars and La Havas relate to the sort of music I really want to perform, while the honesty and poetic lyrics of the likes of Rice and Guy Garvey are the lyrics I adore and would love to write. So, I'd say these people are my influences and inspirations.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound does lie around the pop genre however I do see it as a soul crossover. I try to get a soul/blues element into most things I write.
What’s your local music scene like?
The local music scene around Leigh lies mainly in the bigger towns and cities such as Wigan and Manchester. Wigan is the home of Northern Soul and to this day there are many events going on celebrating its legacy. There's lots of pubs, clubs, hotels and bars that have artists and live music on regularly which always gets a good reception and turnout.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
The next 12 months for me I intend to be quite busy. I'm hoping to write some new material and get in the studio to record a full album. As well as this I'll be involved with some co-writing and also a lot of live performances! Hopefully it'll be an exciting year!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I'd say probably the one person I would love to collaborate with is Guy Garvey. His lyricism and musicality is fantastic, I could listen to his voice all day and have been listening to him and Elbow for years.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Nothing significant stands out to me but there's always some fun gigs! Recently, at a gig I was covering Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk' and the small audience formed a circle and started a dance off in the middle of the bar. It was so good to see everyone having a great time and enjoying themselves.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Just what I'm all about as an artist really, I'll be 18 this year so I'm still only really starting out in the industry. To date I've penned around 10 original songs and I'm actively writing and co-writing as much as possible. I'm hoping that people check out my music and hopefully like it!