Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Exeter singer Clara Bond to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from a tiny little seaside village called Sidmouth in Devon. I first got into music when I went to a little music bar that was owned by Joss Stone's parents called ‘Mama Stones’ and a guy called Leigh Coleman invited me onto the stage when I was 15 and that was my first live experience. We’re still best friends and he did all the backing vocals on all the tracks on the forthcoming EP. He’s genuinely got the best voice I’ve ever heard in my life.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
It was Britney Spears in a big way - that was the first single I ever bought. My influences now tend to still be pop, but very songwriter-influenced music and 80s music. The 1975 are a big influence on my music, along with Lucie Silvas and James Bay.
How would you describe your sound?
RnB country-influenced pop. It’s got some cool nods to 80s style production in there.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called ‘Does Your Girlfriend Know You’re Single.’ It was a song I wrote after seeing that a guy I went on a date with 6 months ago was celebrating his one year anniversary with his girlfriend - now fiancee.
What’s your local music scene like?
It’s pretty good, it’s a very solid punk and rock scene in Exeter. There’s not much in the way of pop, but I’m still hoping to put on a headline show at The Cavern, which is a legendary venue that Coldplay and The 1975 have played at. It’s a great venue.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
EP to be released on 9th August! I’m hoping to do as much as possible, I want to start writing for the next release but I’m focussed on this one for now.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I’d love to collaborate with James Bay, write a duet with him, but Julia Michaels has just done that with him... I’d like to collaborate with someone outside my genre, push me out of my comfort zone because I think that’s where the best stuff is created.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
The one thing is they always manage to misspell Clara Bond at gigs, not sure how…
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I’m trying to do something different and I’m not trying to sound like anyone else, I’m just trying to make something that feels brand new. I’d rather be someone’s shot of whiskey than everyone’s cup of tea.