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 Cherryade to find out more…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the name?
Ella: We met each other at school back in Norwich. It was a catholic school and the priest ended up being convicted for being a pedophile...
Alex: It wasn’t exactly a fun, creative place so I think that’s why we bonded so quickly. We also both loved the same artists like MIA, Lil’ Kim, Santigold, Amanda Blank etc. which no one else really did, and then we ended up making drunken Garageband demos before nights out and it all kicked off from there.
Ella: They were terrible but really funny. I hope someone hacks us one day and leaks them. We used to drink cherryade and vodka so that’s where the name comes from.
Alex: We had some the other day to celebrate the new single but it was actually really really gross… I wouldn’t recommend it!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Ella: MIA has always been a big influence, and Lil’ Kim. I think they still are.
Alex: Yeah, definitely. In terms of now, I really love what Charli XCX is doing creatively - she’s pushing the barriers of pop and there’s not many artists that have the balls to actually do that, especially ones with such a big platform. LIZ is another artist I love for putting her own spin on pop, she deserves to be huge.
How would you describe your sound?
Ella: Tongue in cheek and fun.
Alex: We love writing really dark twisted lyrics and disguising them as a weird pop song, so expect more of that!
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Ella: Our current track is called ‘Got You Good’ - it’s a bit more pop than our previous releases but there’s still a bit of a twisted story in there. I wrote it for about a friend who was making some bad choices in a bad relationship.
Alex: It’s a lot more relatable than ‘Get By’ which is about killing a rich old man for his money. Maybe.
What’s your local music scene like?
Alex: Well we live in London but in terms of pop it’s a bit bleak… it doesn’t feel like there’s really any regular pop focussed live nights.
Ella: We were thinking of looking into organising our own but that’s easier said than done haha.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Alex: We’re working on a mixtape at the moment to release later this year which is a lot more fun and pop. The focus for us at the minute is just to write as much new music as possible and get it all out there. I think we’re lucky that we’re doing everything independently at the moment so we have the freedom to do what we like when we like.
Ella: We’re working with lots of new producers and writers, and want to try do some writing with other artists we love as well for their projects. We’re also working on developing our new live show as we plan on being everywhere v. soon!!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Ella: There’s soooo many people - we’re really keen to work with lots of other upcoming artists. We’ve just had Karnage Kills jump on one of our tracks for a remix that’s coming soon, and there’s another rapper called Baby Tap who we love and want to work with on something with.
Alex: I’d love for us to work with some cool dance producers like Riton or TCTS and try something a bit different for us. We just love pop music in general so want to get stuck into everything.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Ella: We did a gig sponsored by Red Bull but didn’t actually get given any free Red Bull…
Alex: She’s really bitter about this still... I got one off a friend who got given one!!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Ella: We make good music.
Alex: Yeah, go buy our debut EP!!