Interview: Meadowhip

I recently included Meadowhip’s track Iconic in a round-up review I completed based around my favourite tracks from the month. I liked the song so much I wanted to interview her – you can find the complete interview below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Iconic, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

Iconic is my third single, and it’s out in all the usual places.  In its essence, it’s a love song – and to be honest, the idea of having released a love song still kind of makes me squirm!  It’s about being uniquely flawed as individuals, but managing to make an extraordinary couple anyway.

How has the reception to Iconic been?

The song has been received quite well – better than I had hoped. It’s funny because I spent less time working on this song than I did on any other that I can remember. I wrote it in a total of a couple of hours, and forced myself to not overthink the production process.  And yet, it has been my best performing release so far!  

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

In some ways. There have definitely been more cancelled gigs than I would have liked, and I’ve had difficulty in locking in studio time with lockdowns and quarantines in place.  However, without the pandemic I don’t think I could have made as much progress on this project.  It really gave me a lot of time to write and work on my craft, and forced me into working without access to a studio. I’ve levelled up my skills and learned a load of new things that I probably wouldn’t have if the whole world didn’t practically come to a stop.

You’ve released a few singles recently. Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

I do, indeed. My debut EP, Ruckus, will be released later this year. I have a few other collections in the works too.  I think 2023 is going to be a busy year for releases.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Iconic was the first single from my debut EP, and I have a second single, Am I Broken, coming out on August 17. I’m undecided on whether I’ll release a third single from the EP. I’ll see how impatient I am feeling!

You’re based in Wollongong, Australia. What is the local music scene like?

Perhaps I am biased, but I think the music scene in Wollongong is one of the best in the country.  Music is very important to the local arts scene, and there is always a lot of work going into cultivating and championing local musicians.  We are spoiled with live music options, and I can see that there’s a broadening of genres coming out, too – I’m seeing a lot more pop oriented acts, and my brand of R&B is less irregular than it might have been a few years ago.  It’s really lovely to be a part of our local music scene – everyone is really supportive and excited and welcoming.

You seem to have a lot of different genres contained in your music, with pop and jazz seeming to be quite a big influence. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

This question is tricky, because I don’t always recognise what has become an influence on my music.  I think that all the stuff I listen to kind of seeps into my psyche and becomes part of a big mish mash of ideas that sits there waiting to be drawn on. But I can definitely hear Tame Impala and Steve Lacy and Erykah Badu in what I’ve been working on.  I’ve been listening to a lot of Dorothy Ashby lately. Her album Afro-Harping is truly delicious.

Do you have any tour dates lined up in the UK?

I wish! If I could even get back to the UK for a holiday I would be so stoked. It’s definitely a bucket list item, though.

Why do you think people should come and see you live, and what can fans expect from one of your shows?

I’m usually joined on stage by my stupidly talented friends, so I think people should come to see them! From me, you can expect a plethora of awkward anecdotes and accusations between songs, me putting my entire back into my singing, and even a poem or two from time to time!

Any last words for the fans?

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