Louise Golbey

  (C) Tor Hills

(C) Tor Hills

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 Louise Golbey find out more about her...

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born in London but my parents moved down to Bournemouth when I was about 2 years old so even though I'm a Londoner - Bournemouth is probably my real hometown. I grew up in a very musical family - my mum sings, my dad plays guitar and my uncle played violin. I started dance classes when I was very young and was performing in local theatre shows from the age of 7 so definitely caught the stage bug then! My brother got me into Hip Hop and R'n'B and I used to listen to my mum's old Motown records so that must be why when I started writing - I went down the more soulful route.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up I listened to a lot of Hip Hop, R'n'B and Neo-Soul - I loved Erykah Badu, Angie Stone, Jill Scott - De La Soul.
Omar (who I did a track with on my album a couple of years ago and have supported a couple of times).
These artists definitely influenced my sound and I was working with Hip Hop / Neo Soul producers from my first release.
Now I listen to a lot of different stuff - I love Beyoncé but she isn't one of my influences. I guess as I formed my sound a while back - I don't really have any current influences but love great songs / great songwriters and great grooves.

How would you describe your sound?
Nu Soul, U.k. Soul. Soulful pop.

  (C) Tor Hills

(C) Tor Hills

What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
'Still' (which came out on Friday). It was co -written with a brilliant songwriter / producer called Ross O'Reilly. It stemmed from some lyrics I had written a few years back and we went into the studio to jam some musical ideas - started off with some chords on the piano and then developed into a soulful pop ballad. We wanted to create a contemporary sounding neo soul track.

What’s your local music scene like?
Well I live in London so my scene is pretty good!

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have some gigs over the summer - one in Hamburg in May supporting US Artists Zo! and Carmen Rogers - also with Omar on the bill! And I'm playing 606 club in London again in July and a couple of London festivals. I'm currently working on my next EP with Eames (producer who produced my 'Dream' track on my last EP - 'Love It Or Leave It') which will be a bit of a concept project as we are working on the theme of contemporary disco... watch this space! I'm also working on a collaboration coming soon with a soulful house DJ.

  (C) Tor Hills

(C) Tor Hills

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Well I would LOVE to work with Beyonce obviously! but also John Legend is someone I would love to duet with! I think our voices would blend together well!

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Recently during a gig I forgot the words to my song 'The Pressure's On' and ended up in fits of giggles along with my band who carried on playing but were also laughing then the audience started laughing and I couldn't compose myself to carry on and because the song was called 'The Pressure's On' - the pressure really was on. It was a nice shared moment with everyone in the room that night!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That I'm an independent artist and very hard working. I am very proud of all my achievements because I have done it all on my own. It's very hard to stay positive and motivated in this industry as there are so many ups and downs.  I'm hoping my hard work pays off one day!

You can find out more about Louise at her website or via Facebook, Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.