Catching up with Hattie Briggs
It's been two years since we last caught up with West Country born, now London based, singer songwriter, Hattie Briggs, so definitely high time we grabbed a few more minutes with her to find out what's been going on and what we can expect to see from her next...
Hi Hattie, how are you today?
Not too shabs, thanks.
It's been a while since we last talked to you. Would you like to reintroduce yourself to the TDF readers?
Sure...hi everyone, I'm a 25 year-old singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently based in London. I won the Fender (Guitars) Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017. My music is a blend of pop, folk and electronic influences and I have a couple of albums, an EP and a few singles out. I love creating and touring, and in my spare time I prefer to be outdoors. I've recently rediscovered bagels (in case you're interested), and I'm definitely a dog person. Nice to meet you.
Have you always wanted to be a musician?
No, I've always loved music but I only started getting serious about it after I began writing my own songs at 17 and then gigging at 19.
How would you describe your music?
It's very honest and often vulnerable, but I have fun upbeat songs as well as the intense and mellow ones. I like to tell stories and allow the listener to connect on a personal level.
What are you up to right now?
This minute, I’m catching up on admin and with friends after my tour and watching the England World Cup semi-final this evening.
Musically, I’ve just released a new single. It is called ‘Up To You’ and is my third of five for release in 2018. I wrote it last autumn. *
I’ll go straight into ‘promotional-speak’ if I may! It's a soulful, summer pop song about waiting for somebody you love. The track has catchy trumpet riffs and chilled out guitar along with some sweet sounding harmonies. I think it's the perfect sound for a day at the beach or chilled out BBQ in the sunshine. Even though I do say so myself.
We've also filmed an awesome video which is just out and can be found on YouTube. **
Speaking, relatively, as someone early in their career, do you feel the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are having a positive effect on the music industry?
Personally, I haven't been involved in those movements or particularly felt the effects of them.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
When I met Peter Asher, who managed/produced James Taylor, Carole King and Joni Mitchell (three of my heroes) early on in their careers.
What is the most played tune in your library at the moment?
Hunger by Florence + the Machine.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
Federer or Nadal? - Errr Federer, obviously!
* The song was written just a couple of days before the Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017 final. I decided to play it live that night and was delighted that I went on to win the competition. The single was recorded, produced and mixed with Thomas Aston who has also been working with Knightstown.
** The video is directed by the theatre-director and playwright friend of mine, Georgie Staight. She introduced me to a great filmmaker, Ben Mann and the super talented actress Sophie Robertson.
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