Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London singer Ettie to find out more...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am a born and bred Londoner. I started songwriting when I was about 8-years-old; writing songs about 'love', trying to mimic what I heard on the radio despite having no life experience! Songwriting has always been my coping mechanism - my way to analyse and understand what goes on in my life.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I grew up on a heavy diet of British boyband music, like Busted and McFly, and early noughties pop-punk. Avril Lavigne is still my greatest influence. I would say my contemporary influences are Paramore, Panic! at the Disco, and alternative-pop bands like Pale Waves. Most importantly I am heavily influenced by any artist who is very lyric-driven, as that is my main songwriting values.
How would you describe your sound?
A girl who drinks a lot of wine and has a lot of feelings... I like to use classic pop-punk melodies and structures, but infuse them with personal, story-telling narratives. I studied English Literature at university and I am a huge Shakespeare nerd, so that definitely has influenced my sound - I like to use a lot of word play and allusion.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My first single, 'fast cars and airplanes', just came out on the 14th of June! It's all very exciting. I was really inspired by the metaphor of 'fast cars and airplanes' to describe a love between two people which is very destructive, but not the fault of just one party. Both people involved are destructive, but in their own right and their own ways. Sort of like fast cars and airplanes... two things you hope never collide.
What's your local music scene like?
London is amazing. There is always a chance to perform and network, and you're exposed to so much great talent everywhere.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months?
I want to perform anywhere and everywhere I can. My next step is to get a band together so I can start doing some full-band shows. And also maybe quite possibly release another tune...
Is there anyone you'd love to collaborate with?
I love writing duets, but I rarely have anyone to sing them with. So I'd love to collaborate with up-and-coming British soloists like Lewis Capaldi, kwassa, Sam Fender. I really want to explore the impact that having more than one vocal on a track can have. (But also, really, anyone... I am open to all collaborations).
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I always like to take the chance to banter with the audience and explain my songs before playing them, so I have a few anecdotes that go with them. One (in hindsight) funny moment though was when I was explaining what a song was about, forgetting that the person I had written the song about was in the room, and so had to quickly change its meaning... I think they knew, though.
What's the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I'm sorry if we meet and I end up talking about Shakespeare within the first 5 minutes.