RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LEEDS ARTIST KELSEY GILL
Hi Kelsey, thanks for joining us today. What made you decide to become a soloist?
I have always loved singing and listening to music, going to see live shows, and seeing my idols perform, and thought I want to do that!
I started singing with my sister as a young girl, then getting up at family events singing, my family is all pretty musical, my Dad has always played in bands and our house has always been filled with instruments so you couldn’t avoid it. When I was in my early teens I started taking it more serious and putting myself forward a lot more and doing open mic nights and going to auditions and writing.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
My name is Kelsey Gill, I’m a northern lass brought up on Gill Hill my family farmland on Pendle Hill. My musical journey really began in bands locally with family, then I was in a group with two lads in Manchester, we started recording a lot in London and gigging together, we did the Dot to Dot festival and a few cool things but the chemistry just wasn’t there so it wasn’t meant to be. I then auditioned for a TV show and was put in another band but this time a girl band, it didn’t feel right but was a great experience. I knew then I wanted to be a solo artist and collaborate more with others without restrictions & on my own terms.
In 2018 I was asked to collaborate and be part of production duo Yellow Claws Album ‘New Blood’ which achieved huge streaming success and captivated the attention of fans as well as other producers & collaborators, it really opened up the door for me and also reached the top of the billboard hit seekers charts in the US. I found myself on an album with DJ snake, ASAP Ferg & DJ Kalid which was mental.
In 2019 I featured with MRK, a great friend in Manchester an accomplished producer real name – Mark Hadfield who has collaborated with the likes of Iggy Azalea and Ne-Yo. The track dominated playlists nationwide with BBC Radio 1 which was amazing!
After that, I just kept writing and writing with writers & producers both here and in America thanks to a writing camp in Nashville Tennessee that I was lucky enough to be invited on with the support of the PRS Foundation. It was over there I started on my own body of work with producer DQ ( Beyoncé , Dolly Parton , Agt , Brandy, JT )
On my return to the U.K. I had a few more self penned features released with Mrk & Mike la funk ( front of house ) a support tour with Becky Hill, Fuse dog & the digital farm animals .
My music releases & live shows were all put on hold due to the pandemic in 2020 but I continued writing and here we are now with new music and my own music video all whilst still working and living at home!
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
None just yet as this is all very new to me but ask me that again in a couple of years haha!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I do love a conspiracy, me and my sister are obsessed with challenging what we are told by the media and the truth but we could be here all day if you get me started on this one!
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
I did get obsessed with biscoff spread but it became needed lol
What useless party trick do you have?
I’m told I’m good at impressions, I do have a few up my sleeve of celebs and actors check out my tik tok and let me know your thoughts.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
On tour with Becky Hill is defo up there, it was such a great experience especially on the uni tour for freshers, the energy was just so exciting and the nerves were giving me a buzz cause there was so many people.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Playing to an almost empty audience in Bournemouth, wearing a fairly see-through top to a load of Dads, I felt like Monica in friends because I didn’t know till after! 😬😬😬
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
When I was a kid I competed on the England Showjumping team, show jumping was my life before music, not many people would know that about me but I was a dedicated sportswoman.
I also live on a hill with over 30 family members scattered on the hill (Gill Hill) that’s been in our family for generations and our house runs off a generator!
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
I’d say come down here and give it a listen it’s pop r&b sassy with a lot of storytelling! It’s very positive. it wouldn’t warrant an invasion maybe just a party!
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I’d like to say I stand out because I’m just me, a normal girl from Clitheroe who says it as it is. I’ve got a high octave range so got some powerful belt but I’ll let you decide 🙂
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
The war in Ukraine is really upsetting me, after what the world just dealt with through the pandemic & covid we could do without this and live peacefully.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
It has to be my most current song ‘Rob Me Blind’ as it’s fresh and I love performing it with my band!
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
There’s definitely a collection of songs coming out that all tie together like an ep / mini album I’d say. I’m working with a great team that has given me a lot of freedom to put out what I believe in. The second single is more of a power ballad, it really means a lot to me as it’s about my own personal journey and about self beliefs that we all struggle with. The single after is pretty topical too, I wanted to tell stories in my music that has a bit of meaning, I don’t want to give too much away but with each song, you learn more about me and what I believe in to create a positive influence on people to feel good about themselves.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I wanted to make music with relatable life experiences for the audience not just the cliches of love stories and loss. I wanted to have fun with the sounds mixing modern sounds with mixtures of the 90s pop. Each song on the project comes from a personal experience with a positive message to empower the listener or just have a good groove!
What was the recording process like?
It all depends on the mood I’m in, where I am, who I’m working with and what’s going on in my life & the world. I like to tell stories in my songs when writing but the melody is the most important to me. So I like to build the message around a great bit of music and work on the melody first. Then record it all building it up with harmonies and tracking! I love recording.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
The biggest learning curve Is learning that releasing music is a team effort and never taking that for granted and working hard for all the team to strive for success! Also lockdown & covid and having a moment to sit still and reflect on what I really want to say in my music.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, I wouldn’t change a thing, I’m absolutely loving the process & hearing each song come to life! I’m learning so much along the way and I’m so happy with how it’s all turned out!
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
More music, some amazing gigs and festivals and hopefully just keep doing what I love so keep your eyes peeled!!!