RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST TILDA ALLIE
HI Tilda. What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I have always been an expressive person and creativity is my way of getting that side of myself out. Music was therefore something that came into my early on. But when I was about 14 I joined my first band and I think ever since then it’s been clear I can’t do anything else with my life.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
As mentioned I started off playing bass in a band as a 14-year-old insecure girl. Since then I moved to the UK and have been in various bands and projects. I started to do my solo music properly in 2016, so it took some time to get out of my shell. I have always wanted to create art that is out of the ordinary, I like experimenting in an almost childlike way with my creativity and my influences vary depending on where I am at in my life.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
At times this really weighs on me and I struggle to see how to move further. I try and tell myself that any money and fame ever would take from the fact that music makes me feel good and that is the sole reason I am doing it and why I started writing. This helps when the industry seems to turn its back.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Yes sounds like a great idea!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I am more of a philosopher than anything and I do question a lot of what’s going on in the world atm. I definitely do not agree with how things have been felt over the past 2 years.
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your Town / City?
CIL , Agaama, Hanakiv, are some of the artists I admire.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
That the real talent they need to work on is self-belief. We can all learn how to play instruments but what many really lack. Is the love for what they do and fear of not being good enough.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
What was the worst experience on stage?
When I was left alone to head-line one of the stages at Brighton Pride when my guitarist didn’t turn up. This was the starting point of my learning how to produce and why I started to perform alone without a band
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I am a very insecure person deep down. I am rarely happy with what I create.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Melancholic electronica with jazz influences
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I produce all my material myself and am not afraid to mix styles: I openly speak about vulnerable topics and am not afraid to let people into my world.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
The self-produced EP based on the Japanese philosophy IKIGAI takes you on a sonic & visual journey, exploring existentialism and the discovery of self.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
A lot of the songs are made at the moment, sparked by an emotion that needs to be expressed. Therefore much of the writing is not planned and I don’t have an idea before I start. I just start and allow whatever I feel to come out in whatever way it wants., therefore much of the recorded vocals are improved on top of the music I created. I like to leave it raw and most of the keep the original takes and then layer Bvs on sections. It’s a backward way of working but how my brain works.
What was the recording process like?
It’s been 4 years in the making since I started producing music. Say No was one of the first tracks I tried to write in logic and also the 2nd single from the EP. I recorded the songs for a long period but it wasn’t until lockdown I really understood how the project would be presented.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Believing that they were good enough and letting go of the fear of what others would think
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I wish I had a better underrating of mixing and mastering so that I could do this myself
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Don’t let anyone make you feel as if you have to alter yourself to be loved.