Joely

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Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Joely to find out more...

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from Oxford. I realised music was something I wanted to do when I was first able to sing, and ended up never shutting up.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was younger, I was very inspired by female artists who played their own instrument / wrote their own songs. These were artists like Taylor Swift, Marina and The Diamonds, Lily Allen, Gabrielle Aplin. Nowadays, it's amazing that there's so many more female artists in the scene and who have creative control. The biggest influences on my writing now are Amy Winehouse, Lianne La Havas and Jorja Smith to name a few. I've more recently found the jazz/soul style become a strong element in my music from listening to these artists. I've also been drawn to the 70's era with artists like Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie, not only through their classic songwriting but also through fashion.

How would you describe your sound?
I'd say jazz-pop. A concoction of dreamy electric guitar, soulful vocals, harmonies and a hint of synth.

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What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
In January, I released my self titled 6 track EP. It's a product of what I've written over the past 2 years, while I was figuring out my sound. Throughout this time I was going through different situations with not a great mindset, and I guess the EP is about how this affected certain relationships and general outlook on life. It's also a very honest lyrically, while in reality I find it hard to be open about my own feelings.

What’s your local music scene like?
Oxford's really great for emerging bands and artists. Indie-rock is probably the most popular genre in the underground scene, but it's varying all the time. By the time I was 15 I was playing open mics and getting some paid gigs in pubs, there's tons to choose from. There's a lot of cool venues like the Cellar who put on a lot of upcoming music via promoters Future Perfect etc, and plenty of promotional platforms to get yourself known to, such as BBC Introducing Oxford.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
After this release, I am working to get some press on the new EP and promote it everywhere I can. I'm gigging more in London now, so I have shows booked there for next month. I also have a free summer, so lots and lots of gigs ahead. And of course, writing the next album!

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I'd love to work with Billie Eilish, I think she's extremely wise, creative and real.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
This one is more sweet then funny, but one of the first times we played a track called Desire live, I watched an elderly couple sitting at the front get up and start slow dancing. They looked so in love and it was so sweet to watch.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I'm an unsigned, independent artist and I want to write and play music with my pals for the rest of my life.

You can find out more about Joely via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.