Gabrielle Aplin Quotes
I grew up listening to Nick Drake. Without him, I would not write music - and 'Pink Moon' is my favourite LP.
I got my first guitar when I was 11. It was an electric, and I can remember just wanting to be Avril Lavigne! But I got annoyed with having to plug it in and play with amps and pedals and stuff. Then I got given a cheap acoustic, a Tanglewood, and I thought it was awesome because I could play it anywhere!
I just write songs and hope that they do well. I'm sure there is some pressure from someone at the label, but I'd rather keep away from it.
For a lot of pop performers, fame and celebrity is part of the job. But for singer-songwriters, no one really cares.
I am never without my lyric book. If anything inspirational happens, I have it there so nothing's forgotten.
YouTube was really good for building a kind of core, loyal fanbase. I didn't want to be a YouTube artist as such. I mean, there are people who are able to release albums and live off YouTube, but I felt - and not in an arrogant way - that I could be commercial and credible if I really put my mind to it.
I still love records, and I've been fortunate that my parents bought me a record player so I didn't just have my vinyls to stare at!
Before I'd even started doing music or having opportunities with my own music, I was studying production and business and stuff anyway. I knew there were so many jobs within the music industry - songwriting or session playing or working at a label - and I was really interested in how it all works.
It's important to have good tunes, but words are the thing for me.
I wrote poetry before I wrote songs, and T.S. Eliot was my inspiration. I love his honesty and try to bring that to my own songwriting.
I love pop music. I love drum and bass, Calvin Harris, all these electronic things, but it's nice to have something organic as well.
My parents are music fans, even though neither of them play an instrument. I was exposed to their record collection, so I love everything from Joni Mitchell to Bruce Springsteen.
I'd love to write for One Direction. I think they've done incredibly well.
I love the folk-rock of the Seventies and the pop of the Eighties.
I think it's all about the people who listen to your music, and loving playing and writing. Once you've got those two, and they're your main two priorities, then radio and TV and all the other stuff that comes with it will come. But that's not the be-all end-all.
I write songs, and I sing them. I never formulated a plan; I can't tell anyone else how to do this. But it feels right, so I just kind of enjoy it and get on with it.
When I was releasing EPs by myself, I was generating royalties. And when I signed, I thought I'd put those royalties into other artists. And interestingly, streaming is most of the income for those artists.
I wouldn't just lay my voice on anything. But I'd love to do a collaboration, like a Calvin Harris track, for example.
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