Adiescar

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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 Adiescar find out more about her…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
From Bedford (UK) been singing since I can't even remember! All started with a karaoke machine, and has now turned into a flurry of instruments (guitar, piano, violin, bass, digeridoo!) All I do now is compose music for everything I can think of Game/TV/Film, Contemporary Classical, and of course my own original music.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up I was basically a sponge! I soaked up all the music I could, from Bach and Mozart, to ELO and David Bowie. I love quirky music, but some of my favourite artists and singers are 'Amy Lee' from Evanescence, and 'Kate Bush'.

How would you describe your sound?
It's an acoustic pop/rock feel. The genres can feel pretty muddled, but I guess all my songs are very story/emotionally driven. There's always something behind it, brought out musically, not just lyrically.

What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The last single I released was from my E.P. which came out in December, called 'Love In Sound'. My uncle, who lives out in Australia, always sends me CDs for Christmas or birthdays, and I always keep them in my car (road music!). I particularly enjoy listening to Vance Joy when I'm driving, as it's quite chilled and relaxed and I'm always singing my own harmonies! His track 'Georgia' helped inspire the guitar writing for my song and I also really liked how pretty and romantic it sounded. When I wrote the lyrics for the song I was particularly inspired by my boyfriend at the time (yes, it's a love song) but not only that, it got me thinking about those moments when we first meet someone, or those childhood toys, or holiday destinations, the memories that stick with us for life and mould us into the people we are today. I don't think you can ever truly get rid of the magnitude of those feelings (even if the meaning behind those feelings change over time).

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What’s your local music scene like?
Really good I'd say. Bedford is a great hub for musicians, there's always something going on. And if you get an itch for the big city, London is really easy to get to!

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I'm currently working on lots of new material, which I hope to showcase very soon and eventually turn into an album (it's a little different to my usual stuff!). I have a couple of gigs lined up, including a few charity ones. You can check out any of my future dates at www.adiescar.com/songwriter, or on my facebook page (Adiescar). Got a few festival line ups as well, so hopefully it'll be a jam packed summer of performing!

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Mmm dead or alive? Would love to have collaborated with Bowie (but who wouldn't!), or Freddie Mercury... but realistically I guess any artist who is really passionate about their music. Sharing music, isn't just playing to people, it's also combining experiences.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
My favourite thing to do when I perform is to play in a noisy pub, where everyone is talking and not paying attention to me... I'd do a massive build up near the end of the song and then suddenly fall silent (before kicking back in to the final Chorus). That's one way to shut people up (and have a bit of a laugh)!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Not a lot really to be honest, as cliche as it might sound I just want people to connect to my music, either through pure enjoyment or something more emotionally deeper. I just want to connect with people in a way that words can't quite do.

You can find out more about Adiescar at her website or via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Twitter or YouTube.

Jenny Pugh