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 Grace Savage to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I grew up in Devon, South West England. My earliest memory of getting into music is when I was about 8 years old - Spice Girls OBSESSED, I was inspired to start my own band, I called it “Flash” and auditioned girls in the playground at lunch time. I was the only one allowed to write the songs. I was quite controlling… probably why we didn’t last very long. The first music I bought a No Doubt cassette.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was a child it was Eternal, No Doubt, Spice Girls. Teenage years I listened to a lot of Hip Hop and R&B. Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse (FRANK album), Pink, Destiny’s child, Missy Elliot, Eminem, The Streets, UK Garage with a healthy dose of Nirvana and Avril Lavigne for my emo stage. Right now I’m listening to a lot of BANKS, Jamie XX, NAO, Little Dragon, Haim, Solange, Noname, Frank Ocean, Sylvan Esso, Princess Nokia...
How would you describe your sound?
Rhythmic, Emotional, Dark Pop… lots of people like to tell me I sound “Ethereal” so I suppose a bit of that too...
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
"Running Under Water” is a song about falling for someone with depression and feeling apprehensive about the emotional difficulty that might entail but at the same time, knowing there is nothing you can do about it as the love is addictive and the falling, inevitable... all under the guise of a summer banger you can dance to ;)
What’s your local music scene like?
I live in London so it’s pretty banging.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I’m writing my debut album which is pretty exciting, scary, monumental. I’m doing a stint of 11 festivals and have just started working with a manager and booking agent so focusing on album writing for the autumn/winter and looking forward to more gigs in 2019.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I would love to work with Grades. He produced a lot of Nao’s album and has worked with Sinead Harnett. Just love his vibe. And also would be mega to get in the studio with Jamie XX. Rate him a lot.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Oh plenty. Working with live looping is always gonna be occasionally problematic. I once pressed the wrong button at a gig at Shepherd's Bush Empire in front of 2,000 people and the tempo and time signature of the song suddenly and dramatically changed - my band tried to play along but looked really confused... I just stopped, laughed about it and asked the audience if they wanted us to do it again. Audiences are very forgiving and if you make a mistake it shows that what you’re doing ain't just pressing play and singing along. I’ve had a woman from the audience shout during my set that she was going to find me and… do things to me… I laughed it off but then she tried to take the mic off me while I was on stage and the bouncers took her away!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Erm. I’m really nice?