Introducing...Pepper w/ 'Higher' video premiere
We're good to you here at The Music Fix as we not only introduce you to the best new acts around, but we chuck a video premiere in there for good measure.
The artist under the TMF Introducing... spotlight today is Pepper, signed to Dizzee Rascal's label Dirtee Stank, and who you might recognise from Sky1's Must Be The Music talent show. But don't let that put you off. Instead listen to the really rather special acoustic version of her track 'Higher', filmed at Dirtee Stank Studios, which is receiving its video premiere on this very page:
Convinced? We thought so. We caught up with Pepper on her tour with Rizzle Kicks to find out more.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical memory & I think actually my earliest memory as a child full stop was at the age of four, driving home from a family holiday in Devon. I remember waking up in the car as we pulled into a petrol station, it was pitch black and raining outside and my mum had Tina Turner’s 'Steamy Windows' on the tape deck.
If you could hold a recording session with any five artists, who would you choose?
That’s a tricky one! I would have to say Lauryn Hill as she’s one of my all time favourites, Aretha Franklyn obviously an absolute legend. Jay Z, I think would be really interesting, Nina Simone again another legend, and just so creative & for similar reasons Queen. That’s how I’m feeling today anyway… I know Queen consists of more than one member so if I had to choose one, it would be the genius that is Freddy Mercury; I would love to get into that crazy mind.
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
I couldn’t really compare myself to another artist if I’m honest, to a stranger I would best describe my music as “edgy pop”. Vocally, from a young age I’ve listened to and studied albums like The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and Eva Cassidy’s Songbird, and then I’ve always loved edgier vocals of say Tina Turner and Beyonce, so that wide range of influences has probably had an impact on my vocal tone and range.
You are going to live on desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
My first choice would have to be The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. This album for me shows how great a songwriter Lauryn Hill really is, a genius album. I would also take Dizzee Rascal’s Boy In Da Corner, for the same reasons this album is pure genius to me, it’s a classic. My third and final choice is Outkast's The Speakerboxxx And The Love Below - the ultimate good mood album, there’s something for every mood on that record; I’m a massive Andre 3000 fan.
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
The most memorable moment for me so far was performing at Sonar Festival with Dizzee last year, who was headlining. It was the first time I performed alongside him and just to see that many people going so crazy and their sheer energy made me think, “I want to be able to make people do that”.
What is the best gig you've ever been to and why?
Would have to be seeing The Prodigy at Sziget Festival. The atmosphere was out of this world & seeing them live was just something else. They made me want to get on stage and jump around with them. When they performed 'Out Of Space', everyone was going mad. I didn’t know what to with myself apart from jump around!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Still working hard and still doing what I love, which is making great music that hopefully the world will enjoy.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
Ooooh that’s a good one. I have a few guilty pleasures [laughs], tqwo that spring to mind straight away are Susan Boyle’s 'I Dreamed A Dream' & Shania Twain's 'Man! I Feel Like A Woman!'
How has your tour with Rizzle Kicks been going?
It’s been absolutely amazing! I was so nervous at the first show in Cambridge, but the crowd there were great, as all the crowds have been so far and I think that gave me the confidence to just have fun with it and enjoy myself on stage. Seeing people jump around and mosh to my music is such a buzz.
What's next for Pepper?
Finishing the last few dates of the tour; I cannot wait for the London shows, I’m absolutely buzzing! To follow will be my debut single. Also I have performed a few acoustic sessions of my tracks which are now on my official website pepperofficial.com. So much to come, so stay tuned!
Find out more about Pepper on her official Facebook and Twitter pages