Raised in Nova Scotia and based in London, the singer/songwriter, producer and instrumentalist speaks on her latest single 'Not Afraid', the process of working on her upcoming EP 'Tides' and her love for the tight-knit London music scene.
Your latest single ‘Not Afraid’ just dropped, how has the response been?
The response has been great. I think people feel really connected to it.
How was the process of creating the track and sonically, what were your influences?
This was one of those songs that just came together super fast. It poured out of us. Geo Jordan started with the guitar riff and we just built from there. The production sounds quite minimal but there’s a lot of complexity in the sonics and rhythmic elements. It builds and builds until the bridge where everything just completely opens up and the song feels like it takes flight. Like most of this new EP, I wanted to marry my influences of folk/singer-songwriter and R&B. Geo and I have a real trust when we work together. It’s very collaborative, but we also know when to go into our own worlds and play to our strengths.
You recently released your first single of the year ‘Water’, what were your initial inspirations for the track?
My inspiration was the feeling of homesickness! The pandemic has kept me in London for longer than I’ve ever been at one time. I’m a country girl at heart and I have a real need for nature and the ocean. I grew up on a peninsula province called Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada so this song was really me talking about feeling a bit lost in the city and craving a bit of home.
"Getting into production has made a huge impact ... It’s allowed me to discover new ideas, new sonics, and express my ideas more fully."
How does this release give us a glimpse into your upcoming project ‘Tides’?
The music is more introspective than previous releases. And more mature and polished sounding. I feel like it’s a stronger representation of me as an artist, who I am, where I come from, my influences. It really tells a story. My story.
What do you hope to explore throughout this upcoming EP and how does it show your growth as a musician since your 2018 debut ‘Forte’?
The EP includes a lot of nature themes, death and the idea of afterlife, society, wonder, positive affirmations to myself, so many things! There is a huge amount of growth from my “Forte” EP. That EP was created in my first year living in London. I was fresh still healing from a breakup, moved my whole life to the UK without knowing anyone, very much trying to find my footing and explore myself and my sound.
How has the process been of working on this upcoming project and how does being a producer and a songwriter aid you in creating more authentically?
Getting into production has made a huge impact on my new music. It’s allowed me to discover new ideas, new sonics, and express my ideas more fully. I feel like the music is shaping up to be much more unique and authentic to me.
"I started learning guitar at fourteen, which played a big role in my songwriting."
You started writing poems and singing at a young age, when did you first get into producing and songwriting?
I did! I got into songwriting around ten and started learning guitar at fourteen, which played a big role in my songwriting. I basically have spent my whole life from then developing my songwriting. I developed a lot of it in college studying music. Then I attended many different writing camps across Canada, writing for pitch and for other artists. I only started to get into production within the last couple years.
How does being an instrumentalist aid you in your writing process?
It really helps. It’s just another tool to explore and express ideas through.
You’ve worked with a range of producers and artists from Geo Jordan to J Warner, how important is collaboration to your growth as an artist?
It’s really important. It’s really refreshing to work with new people, and I feel like you learn from other writers/producers. Most of my friendship group in London are artists and producers, and I lean on them heavily. We’re all super close, and collaborate often.
"London has some of the best musicians and artists ... There’s a level of talent here that pushes you constantly to be better at what you do."
If you could produce or feature alongside any artist, who would it be and what kind of track would you like to make?
I’d love to do a collaboration with Disclosure. I love their music.
How did moving to such a diversely creative city like London influence your music?
London has some of the best musicians and artists in the world, so it’s incredibly inspiring. There’s a level of talent here that pushes you constantly to be better at what you do. You’re also just exposed to so many different cultures and styles of music which is so inspiring. It’s an amazing city to be in.
Being now based in London, who are some local artists you would recommend?
Which artists first inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?
Now: All of my friends listed in the previous question.
If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would you choose?
What’s coming up for 2021?
My “Tides” EP is coming out later this summer! I’ll also be doing a headline show for the release. Hopefully more collaborations will come out as well.