16 year old British artist Rachel Clark has just launched her first single after spending some time playing live and gaining rather a few loyal followers. Her fans include Dermot O’Leary who has played her demo EP Safer on his show!
Rachel has not put down a musical instrument since a very young age and has written all of the tacks on her EP herself, from lyrics to arrangements, as she can play multiple instruments herself.
Invasion is her new EP, which has been produced by Piers Mortimer at Headline Music Studios. Her songs tell a story and Invasion follows on from the EP Demo Safer. Moving from guitar ballad to a dramatic climax, Invasion is fuelled by an emotion that is so evident, it grips the listener and takes them on a journey!
Rachel is currently working on her début album, but we managed to snatch a few minutes with her to ask a few questions and find out more about this talented youngster.
Tell us about yourself and your background, what led you to a career in music?
I’ve been singing since I don’t know when! My parents had been musical so when I began to show an interest they encouraged me to play and be creative with it. I started with cello lessons at the age of 8 which taught me the basics of music and music theory.
However a family friend leant my sister a guitar and I ended up teaching myself chords and playing it more than she did. Within a few months I was writing simple songs at the age of 11, so I bought my own. It grew from there.
In May 2013 I wrote the firsts song I gigged with and I had a sudden flow of writing. By July I had written 4 original songs along with some covers and I was gig ready. My repertoire improved with my writing and my technique and I found myself gigging more frequently.
What artists do you idolise and why?
I’m really inspired by Lucy Rose and her natural, non affected vocal style and beautiful melodies. I feel like she doesn’t lose sight of why she writes, which is portrayed through her songs. I also love Gabrielle Aplins songs, from the orchestral to more pop song style and her lyrics are so genuine and meaningful, almost poetic. In my music I like the audience to connect and find a meaning in my lyrics.
What inspires your music?
I write about anything I feel strong emotions towards. It is difficult to pinpoint specific inspirations for song writing. The best songs are spontaneous and whatever you write about in that moment is obviously prominent enough in your mind to be worthy of a song.
Generally I write about the people around me who have an impact on my life, their story or our story.
If you could work with anyone in the music industry, who would it be and why?
I would love to work with Ben Howard and sing a few harmonies with him! He is such a casual, down to earth musical genius. I’d also love to be the 4th member of Haim, they seem to have so much fun live and take complete power over their audience.
What is in your handbag?
In my handbag I carry Mrs Dalloway, the book I’m studying for English Literature, as well as a pen in case I am inspired to write any new lyrics while I am out and about. I keep my capo and a spare pic my bag so that I’m never worried that I’ve forgotten them. I like to travel light!
Thank you so much to Rachel for taking the time to talk to us, you can find out more about her and her music here: