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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST TAPWATERLUCY

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I’ve been singing all my life, my mum would have to drag me to every choir, and musical theatre club so I’ve always sung and was super passionate about writing. I was equally as passionate about acting but when I decided that I wanted to do exams in them, we couldn’t afford to do both acting and singing cause grade exams are actually stupidly expensive, so my mum told me to pick the one I love most and it’s been music ever since.

Introduce yourself and your musical history.

I’m Tapwaterlucy, I’m a 22-year-old Electropop artist from Hackney, London. Like I said I’ve been singing all my life, being trained in Musical Theatre and Opera but I’ve officially been releasing music since I was 18. I love experimenting with different genres, my earliest tracks on Soundcloud are very Neo-soul/indie and now I’m currently releasing Electropop music which I love.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

It’s definitely challenging as an independent artist, you are your own everything. You’re your own gig booker, manager, music video producer, publisher social media planner, and everything. And it’s tough to balance all of those things but it’s so rewarding. Once the stressful planning part of a release is over and you get to put your music out into the world it’s amazing.

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

I originally began writing short stories and poems when I was younger and singing covers on the side, they were two separate passions for me. Then I thought ‘huh what if I combined the two?’ and my first-ever songs were literally stories. Like I would create characters and storylines and plot twists so I think in comparison to then it’s definitely changed a lot. Right now, I’m a lot more intrigued about what it takes to write a successful pop song. I think there’s something so impressive about being able to write a hook that can literally suck millions of people in.

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

I know Girls Against are doing some amazing work in introducing safe spaces at venues where people can go if they feel uncomfortable and there will always be at least one non-male security guard there at all times which I think is such a good idea. I also think that if more venues were proactive enough and took the time to reach out to these sorts of organisations and ask what they can do to change, it’s a step in the right direction. If you haven’t been on the other side of it you can’t fully understand the severity of the situation so it’s important that you’re fully educated beforehand to make sure you’re enforcing the proper protocols. 

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

Reaching out to music blogs and magazines is a huge part of planning any of my releases. Especially if they’re also posting about it on their socials, I find it super helpful in reaching new audiences and discovering new music along the way.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I have a 12-year-old Matt Smith autograph on the back of a Tesco receipt framed in my room, when I was in nursery I once wore a curtain to school as my outfit, I can recite pi to the 100th digit.

What’s your thought on Spotify monopoly on the music industry?

I love Spotify I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never been an Apple Music girl, I think Spotify is where it’s at. Spotify’s monopoly over the music industry hasn’t affected me personally as an artist yet, I mean if they would like to add me to some of their editorial playlists then I’m all ears but right now as a consumer, I love my silly little Spotify playlists. 



Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

This is triggering for my 16-year-old self because I used to be a HUGE conspiracy theorist. When Millie Bobby Brown said she was a flat earther I felt for her cause that was literally me at that age but alas I’m not into them now, I do think the Mandela effect one is still so creepy though I don’t think I’m fully over that one quite yet.

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Ahahaha, so I live with my family and during the pandemic, I converted our spare room into a home studio and it was so sick, posters of Grace Jones and Dee-Lite, led lights, monitors, keyboards, and interfaces the lot but then my uncle moved in with us into the spare room so my home studio is sadly no more. I wouldn’t say it’s something I didn’t need but I’d say it’s something that I’m not getting much use out of at the moment. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

I don’t have many horror stories but sometimes I look back at videos from where I’d be performing at 15 and it’s SO cringe. I’m so still and there’s no emotion behind those eyes, and I’m singing in cursive, it’s just awful. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I think people might be surprised to know that I can read tarot cards.

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

I mean, when creating my music and visuals my main goal is to have fun with it. I like to be super camp and funny while also adding in those elements of style and sexiness. I think for the longest time those two things weren’t mutually exclusive, you were either funny and whimsical or you were hot and mysterious but I think that’s changing within the music industry and that’s what I’m doing with my artistry, so if people resonate with that I like to think that’s pretty cool. 

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

Yeah, so I have a new single out now (or coming out on Jan 18th) called ’Speed Dial’ which I’m super excited about. It’s the first ever Electropop track I’ve released in comparison to my previous indie-pop releases so I’m really happy for this new era of my artistry and all the visuals/new music that’s to come.

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.

For sure, me and my friend Will (Acecar) have sessions at my home studio all the time, sometimes we have a plan, sometimes we just mess around until we make something we like, but Will actually sent me this beat that he’d been working on himself and it just clicked. It’s a song about a point in your life 

where you’re transitioning from being a teenager to a young adult and not feeling like you can rely on your friends like you used to be able to anymore. When you’re younger, at least for me, your friends are your entire life and then you reach this point where you and everyone around you is either moving out or in relationships or focusing on their careers which is amazing and beautiful but there’s also hurt that comes with that change and growing up so that’s what I wanted to write about.

What was the recording process like?

So much fun, when Will sent me the track originally it was really different, it still had that iconic synth hook in the chorus but it really was just a synth instrumental at the time. When I first heard it, it reminded me of a phone for some reason which made me want to use a lot of imagery surrounding mobile phones. Then we researched into it more and we found out that dial tones for phones are actually in the key of F major which is the same key as Speed Dial! So that’s why I heard the similarities in the beginning and after that, we went ham with all the phone references and samples, it was really sick.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

I’ve learned a lot about production! I used to produce/co-produce a lot of my own stuff when it was mainly indie and I found it relatively easy. If you can play guitar and piano, you can pretty much figure out a bass line, and add a drum sample and that was it for me, but this new stuff coming out is so intricate and Will’s done such a beautiful job with the production, it’s super clean and professional and I’m so excited to release it.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Honestly, I don’t think I would! It holds a really special place in my heart. We’ve nicked and picked at it a lot along the way but I do feel like it’s at a place that I’m really proud of.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

If you like artists such as Charli XCX, PC Music, and Sega Bodega you might wanna keep an eye out for new music I’ve got coming…..STREAM SPEED DIAL ON ALL PLATFORMS NOW!

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