Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Southend-on-Sea singer Bertie Scott to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, just about an hour outside of London. I've always been into music since I was really young, but I only really starting creating and writing songs when I was in secondary school. One of my friends was in a band and needed a new member, so I joined and started playing. After a couple of years I got my hands on some recording equipment at home, and that's where I really started to learn more about songwriting and how to create on your own.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was growing up I really listened to what my parents had on at home, artists like Michael Jackson and more pop stuff that was on the radio at the time. Although after we went to an Avenged Sevenfold concert in London for my sister's 15th birthday, I was really into rock music for ages. At the minute though I'm really digging artists like Sia, Tove Lo, Bebe Rexha, and Troye Sivan!
How would you describe your sound?
I'd say alt-pop/electro-pop. Kind of like pop music... but not the cheesy kind...
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
The newest song I've just released the other week is called "Higher". It's kind of influenced by a Chainsmokers/Zayn/Lauv kind of sound. I wrote it with my friend Chris Bourne; we were originally pitching it round to get cuts with DJs, but when we didn't get the bites we were looking for and I realised how much I was still feelin the track I decided to put it out under my own project.
What’s your local music scene like?
My local scene is great, there's a tonne of really cool artists in the area, and I'm still discovering new ones day by day!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
No album planned for the moment, although I will be dropping another two tracks in the very near future... festivals wise I've been doing a run of Pride Festivals around the UK over the last few months which have been amazing, and there's still one left to do at the end of August (Herts Pride Festival) in Hertfordshire.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are so many artists... if it was a DJ collab I'd love to do something with Martin Garrix... "Scared To Be Lonely" totally got me into more electronic music, showed me a whole different side of it. If it was a singer, I'd love to write something for Celine Dion... it would be the ultimate. To get a cut with her would be the peak.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
When I was in my first band years and years ago playing one of our first shows in our hometown, someone got up on staged and mooned us... it was amazing.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I now vocal produce myself. All my releases/features from now on I've cut, and produced the vocals from my home. Whenever I used to go into a studio to record, I was never 100% happy with how the vocals turned out in the end... maybe it was too rushed, or we didn't have enough time, and I always used to end up paying for extra days to go back and re-do sections to get them sounding how I had them in my head. If you're a singer, I would definitely suggest looking at getting even a small setup at home and learning the ins and outs. It changed the whole way of how I looked at singing and songwriting.
You can find out more about Bertie on his website or via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter or YouTube.