For those that haven’t heard of you before could you tell us a bit about yourself, your story?
Well, I was raised by hippies and artists between a commune and a council estate just outside of Basingstoke! I went from school to drama school and then onto a world of existential angst and painful soul searching – needless to say, that kind of self-sabotage and drug-fuelled despair wasn’t really conducive to an acting career. After ‘fixing/finding’ myself, I decided I wanted to write… plays, film, novels, poetry – so I formed a little publishing company and put on plays, gig nights. And here I am. Shouting my poems over guitars and writing for film and television. I love it. I feel I’m exactly where I should be.
Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?
No idea really. I was, I guess, a confident child, singing acapella in front of full school assemblies from the age of 7. I was just sort of singled out to do these things and enjoyed them. I felt like I was inside this calm bubble all of a sudden whenever I performed… Like it was something more important than me and I had to perform – whatever – to the best of my ability.
Being the sister of Carl Barat who was in such a successful band with The Libertines do you ever feel you are in their shadow, is it difficult for your music to stand out and be it’s own thing?
Obviously with Carl being so successful there will always be a comparison but honestly, what we’re both doing musically is so different, I don’t really find it hard to stand out. He’s been established for so long and I am just launching a solo singing career so we’re at different ends of the spectrum. Obviously I’ve been in his shadow in that his name is way more known than mine… People always mention that he’s my brother. But that’s about it. I mean, we’re in very different ‘success’ categories but it doesn’t bother me or seem to affect people wanting to check out my music. I hope! :/
Your just about to release your single ‘Take me away’ could you tell us a bit about the writing/recording of the track?
This was the first track I did from the EP with spoken word verses. So I really wanted to convince everyone – label, producer – that I could make it work. It took a couple of takes to place the lines but when I found my pace in the studio, I knew I wanted to put a section of spoken word in all of the tracks. It was so easy for me to just sing everything, and I had already written the melodies, but I love playing with words and beats – for me, it’s always about the lyrics.
Are there plans to follow it up with an album is that already in the works?
Yes – Slave to Something is the 6 track EP out next year.
What do you think is missing in today’s music industry?
Physical releases! So much gets lost in the world of streaming. There’s so much focus on promotion and playlists yadda yadda, it’s stressful to keep up with all the new release at our finger tips.
As well as being a musician you’ve worked in a variety of other creative outlets?
I’m an artistic Del Boy 😉 I’ve been an actress, a waiter and a candlestick maker. Singing, writing, painting… performance poetry. I tried really hard to have a ‘normal’ job once. I quit everything and decided I needed routine and certainty. But routine and certainty didn’t seem to need me. So, I guess you earn your dollar where you can get it.
Here at Artistic Echoes we are always on the look out for new bands, new artists is there anyone you can recommend?
The Sulks – they are a great band from Swindon. Really interesting arrangements, lovely voices and hooky melodies.
What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Hitting the road with my band. I have four very talented boys backing me and we’re headed to Manchester, Portsmouth, London, Sheffield, Brighton…
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