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 Honey Gentry find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born and raised in North London, and I’ve recently just moved back here with my boyfriend. I have been obsessed with music since I can remember. My dad is a music fanatic which I think is where I get it from. Every other weekend he would pick my sister and I up on a Friday and drive us an hour to his place, new music discoveries (for us) each time. No Doubt Rocksteady, Kate Bush Hounds of Love, Madonna Music, Shakira Laundry Service, Blondie Parallel Lines, and later Led Zeppelin III, and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here are all memories from those years driving to and from my dad’s place. My own musical discoveries branched out from there as a young teenager, largely thanks to the internet and music magazines, obsessively (and I mean obsessively) researching my favourite bands, their history, their b-sides, their inspirations, the artists they inspired. I love not only the music but its history, how it was made, when and where it was written, what inspired it etc. I guess that’s why I love “legacy” artists so much because there’s just so much to explore.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
The first band I was truly obsessed with was No Doubt. I talk about Gwen Stefani a lot. She didn’t look or sound like a pop star but she had more charisma and wrote more interesting songs than anyone else I had encountered at that point. It was Gwen Stefani that made me think I wanted to sing - I wasn’t a natural singer but I got the impression that maybe neither was Gwen. With each year I became more and more obsessed with music and it would be hard to list every artist that has inspired me, but I usually have to mention Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, Nirvana, Mazzy Star, Led Zeppelin, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Heart, Fleetwood Mac (particularly Stevie of course). Almost everything I hear inspires me in some way.
How would you describe your sound?
I suck at genre but I always use the words dreamy and nostalgic… maybe cinematic too. If you like indie cinema.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
For the Moonlight EP I actually put out two singles, Heaven California back in April and then Bleed, Honey in early June. Heaven California is one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written. I’ve come to realise it kinda serves as a metaphor for dreams and our devotion to them. California serves as a symbol, to me, for ambition, dreams, and the unattainable. Bleed, Honey was more of an exploration of jealousy and the pain of it, which I guess is the darker side of blind devotion. Musically these songs were quite strongly influenced by artists such as Hope Sandoval and The Pierces.
What’s your local music scene like?
I’ve always lived in London but I’ve never felt like I belong to much of a music scene which I guess is my own fault. I probably belong to more of a “scene” online which is an interesting concept. All introverts like me just hanging out on our own, together.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have a handful of songs that I’m hoping to develop, perhaps into another EP or even just as singles on their own. I want to write more and I’d love to get back into the studio. It’s just finding the money. I try not to plan so far in advance because you never know how things are going to change day to day. Plus life is more fun if you just live day to day or song to song.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I enjoy collaborating, from the couple of times that I’ve done it. I’m developing a song with my good pal Hanel Kingson over in Florida. We might end up doing more than the one. But I truly love this song and it’s really refreshing to work on music that is so different stylistically to what I write myself. Working with others makes me feel a bit more connected to the rest of the world. So, watch this space because I’d love to see that song come out as a single.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Only that I’m usually the most nervous artist on the bill.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That I have to tell people - truly, if I can do it, anyone can. Don’t let a lack of confidence hold you back.