Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Bristol based singer Kelsey Bovey to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am a Bristol-based artist and I have always enjoyed listening to music as it was the one thing that I could really connect with emotionally. I remember at the age of 8, my friend came into our class and was talking about how she found a piano teacher and she was excited to start. Seeing as I gravitated to music quite deeply, I thought I would give it a go myself and see if I could connect with someone emotionally as it did for me at that age.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up my influences were mainly Pop artists including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. I found these artists were bringing a lot of light into the world of music and I found to be very influential people on a personal level also. My current influences have now developed more into the Country and the Pop scene as I feel this is where the positivity now lies in the music industry through personal messages and being able to relate to their audiences. This includes: Catherine McGrath, Sarah Close, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Todrick Hall, Anne-Marie and Kacey Musgraves.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is directed at the Country-Pop scene as I have always enjoyed growing up listening to this type of music and was what I always had playing in the car on my favourite CD mega-mixes. I feel my sound is more related to young people, as the issues that I mention are my own personal experiences that I was going through at that age and see how vital it is for people to know that these things still happen in the world today.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
I have recently released my Debut Single ‘Define Me’ and my Debut EP ‘It’s My Time’. Define Me is about the bullying I encountered when I was in school and how much that whole experience has shaped me to become stronger. I wanted this to speak volumes about how your personal experiences don’t label you or define who you are as a person. It’s My Time is something I am very proud of as I wanted this EP to be as honest and authentic as possible. This is also influenced by my personal experiences and covers topics that can speak to many people that have gone through similar things.
What’s your local music scene like?
The Bristol music scene is great as there are so many supportive people looking to help upcoming artists. I have met many incredible musicians from my local area and it is really nice to see everyone helping each other out and making their dreams become more of a reality. I find this area to be one of the most encouraging places in Britain to make music.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Over the next 12 months I want to really focus on my songwriting and hopefully release more music in 2020. I do have a few songs ready to be recorded so do keep your eyes peeled on social media for any announcements. I am playing Swinefest 2019 which is a local Bristol festival based at the Swan pub in Swinford which I am really looking forward to.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I have always wanted to collaborate with Ariana Grande as I find her to be incredibly talented and I have always enjoyed listening to her music. Another artist who I would be honoured to collaborate with would be Catherine McGrath as I find her to be so influential and her songwriting covers big topics in a really lovely and clever way which I think draws so many listeners in.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I do have one when I performed an open-mic night in a local pub. I was performing my set whilst the headline act was setting up their equipment. I was mid-way through Define Me at the end of my set and one of the band members tripped over a wire and bumped into me whilst I’m singing and almost made me fall headfirst with my guitar and the microphone. He was okay and laughed it off after but was one amusing evening.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
One thing that I am really passionate about is children and their development. I have worked with children all the way from the ages 2-10 years old and I find them to be such interesting characters. As I have a strong connection with my childhood, I find it easy to relate to children and remember back to what I was like at that age. I am privileged to be a member of the Girlguiding team in the local area and they have opened many doors for me and have helped me to inspire children of such a pivotal age.