"I’m a nocturnal part-time drummer, full-time lyricist with a penchant for vegan baking and a belief in laziness as a virtue" We chat with Grace Inspace
If you're looking for an exciting new pop star then look no further than Blighty's very own Grace Inspace. Her debut EP last year out her on the map, but her recent single 'Paradise Syndrome' was bloody fab. We asked her a bunch of questions and she kindly answered. She even told us about peeing herself; secret's out.
Hey Grace, so, simple question to ease you in... what have you been up to today?
Playing my guitar! Fingers bleeding, new songs coming through, copious amounts of marmite toast eaten.
Introduce yourself to our lovely readers.
I’m Grace, my real middle name is Inspace (hippy parents). I’m a nocturnal part-time drummer, full-time lyricist with a penchant for vegan baking and a belief in laziness as a virtue.
I’ve heard you describe your music as protest pop; can you explain what that is?
Protest pop is political and social commentary wrapped up in catchy choruses and danceable beats. I think pop is an incredibly powerful genre, you sing along to pop songs even if you hate them, so inject something usually dismissed as too serious or too earnest into something as moreish as Britney’s first album and you’re changing the world before Trump can say “yuge”. Think of 'Paper Planes' by M.I.A and 'Fuck You' by Lily Allen.
Tell us about your current single, ‘Paradise Syndrome’.
I wrote 'Paradise Syndrome' as a reminder to myself to right size my problems with the infinitely bigger problems I share with the other seven billion people on this planet (insert mental image of the plastic sea and the inside of a factory farm). Humans sophisticated level of consciousness seems, at the moment, to mean that we will always find something to disrupt our happiness; when you don’t have to worry about where you'll sleep tonight or whether you will eat, you start to obsess over things that in the long run, have little meaning, or at least I do! Paradise Syndrome is the song that coined the phrase “protest pop”, It’s heavy subject matter set to a bubblegum beat.
I hear that video is a bit of a DIY effort, what can you tell us about it?
As DIY as it gets! I spent the last years of high school making collage art films, so I just continued with that familiar method. I stood in front of a green screen having whoever was handy in the house operate the camera. I built the background footage on iMovie and then edited it together in premiere pro.
What would you have done differently if you have a quarter of a mill budget?
Honestly nothing! I love the way the video turned out. I always prefer a more homespun-style to the gloss of a big budget. Unless £250k is enough to have Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez riding in shot on a CGI elephant.
How do you craft your songs?
I have a notebook full of lyrics scratched and scrawled and ready. I might be jamming with my dad or playing with the band format or just practicing drums or guitar, and the lyrics will start to hover and float in the air like linguistic hummingbirds. Or I might get an idea from a sample - this song started as a little 3 chord sequence someone, not me, was strumming around the house - I magpied it, put it on drums, played it with the band, and eventually brought the stems to John King who worked with me to build this opus that is in part inspired by John himself - his brilliant collage sound that is at the heart of some of the Beck and Beastie records I love, and that were a part of my childhood.
What form do you think your first collection of songs will take, an EP or a full-length album?
Right now I’m splitting the eight-song collection I have recorded into two EPs. Lazy Grace’s Apocalyptic Kitchen volume one and two. Volume one is already out and Volume two will be rolling out single by single over the next couple of months.
What song of yours is the one you can’t wait for people to hear, and why?
The next release is a song called 'Snow Circles'. Another apocalyptic tune about what'll happen when all the ice caps melt, but y’know, danceable. It’s definitely my favourite in the collection, I love the production John King sculpted and the melody is very sweet and synthy.
You’re a bit of a drummer as well, which is harder drumming or singing?
Strangely, it’s easier to sing WHILE playing drums, and I like doing that - it gives you control of the very bottom and the very top of the music in a jam situation. that said, I’ve been singing all my life - mostly on the bus, under my breath, to myself, like a mad woman. If you see me and I seem to be muttering…well, I’m singing!
What have you got planned for 2019?
Skateboarding, cooking, live shows and recording new songs
Tell us a secret about you.
I peed myself on a thunderstorm hike in the redwoods because I was so soaked I couldn't tell what were my trousers and what was my skin.
Obviously there’s a lot of talk about equality in general at the moment, what’s your experience of being treated differently as a woman in your industry?
I often feel there’s a pressure to promote myself as an object of desire in order to get people to pay attention to my music and it can be an exhausting game to maintain, a game that I don’t think men are expected to participate in as much. Utilizing your sexuality should be a choice, not a given.
If you could recommend one artist to hear this week, who would it be?
Right now I’m listening to Arrested Development a lot. Their song 'Give A Man A Fish' I think embodies protest pop.
And who’s your guilty pleasure to listen to?
Miley Cyrus through the ages! Although I don’t feel very guilty about it. I love her journey, from Disney channel princess to tenacious activist. Her song 'Rainbowland' is another protest pop banger.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
For my masterful vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Oat milk lattes make my inner neon peace sign glow brighter for 10 minutes.
You can find out more about Grace on her Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can stream her music on all services; Tidal is below.