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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW MEG CHANDLER

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

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

Ever since I was a kid I can remember music being a massive part of my life, it’s always been something I’ve found huge comfort in. I’ve jumped around a lot of different careers but I’ve always made my way back to music and now I’m determined to make a real go of it because I can’t imagine ever doing anything else!

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

I started playing piano when I was super young, around 5 years old so I have always had some level of music knowledge. But it was only a year or two ago that I decided to take up guitar and with that came a newfound passion for songwriting. I started gigging across the uk last year but have recently come back from a year off, concentrating on writing/ recording my debut EP which is set to release next year! 

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

I’ve found it can be extremely hard to measure success in the music industry as there is always another goal to hit or another target to achieve. But I’m proud of where I’ve got to so far, especially whilst working full time to fund it all.. It has been an insane amount of hard work but wouldn’t change it for anything!

We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?

For sure, sounds like a great way to connect musicians with a wider audience!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Not really my thing

Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your Town / City?

There’s a brilliant band called Bohmen that are doing super well in Manchester at the moment! I went to school with Archie (the vocalist of the band) back home in Shropshire so it’s been super cool to see another Shropshire artist/ band making moves in the city. There’s also a gal called Nieve Ella who is  from Shropshire as well and she’s absolutely killing it. It’s just super nice to see  that even if you’re coming from some tiny village tucked away in the countryside, as long as you put in the hard work you actually have a good shot at making it.

What advice would you give other artists starting out?

Get a backlog of original songs sorted before starting to release. I was so desperate to start releasing my tunes that were ready almost a year ago and found it really hard to hold onto them. But now I have a solid plan in place with lots of material ready to go. It works out so much better that way. It allows you way more time to put into other areas like promo and live performance without the pressure  of needing to get recording again asap, makes the whole thing a lot more chill knowing you’ve got a few releases lined up.

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

1000% yes. There were about a hundred different hobbies I started to pick up and never went back to. Most notably I decided I wanted to take an interior design course after bingeing on some Netflix design shows so I spent a ton on notebooks and fancy art pens to do 3D drawings etc only to get bored after a few days and move on a different fixation. Also bought a mini popcorn machine and haven’t used it once.



What was the worst experience on stage?

I have a running curse of getting sick at almost every gig. Luckily I seem to be avoiding the curse nowadays but last year I played my first-ever headliner in Manchester at a cute venue called lock 91 and sold out the show which was awesome. But the morning of I woke up not feeling great, by the time I was about to go on stage I had completely lost my voice and had to rely on the audience to sing the words for me. They all smashed it to be fair and it was a lovely night but it was a Lil bit less than ideal.

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

I am unbelievably good at Mario kart. 

We demand a race 🙂 If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it? 

Outta this world

What makes you stand out as an artist?

My songs tell very personal stories and I hope they are able to be interpreted in different ways so that others can connect with them. I explore a lot of my childhood in my writing which I think allows listeners to really see me, I hope that by being open in my songs it’ll bring a more personal connection to people that wanna be a part of my musical adventure.

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

My debut single What did you expect?’ came out on the 7th October which I’m absolutely buzzing about!

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.

This song is all about reminiscing on childhood and coming to terms with life not always going to plan. Basically, it’s a whole 3 minutes of me venting about things that annoy me in life..

What was the recording process like?

I co-wrote this sound with the Manchester based duo SOAP and the recording process was great fun. They’re very good at helping me organise my thoughts and help put them into lyrics as sometimes my brain can get a little chaotic. This song was written after a pretty tough few months so it was really great to just vent a bunch of angry thoughts and have a good time whilst doing so.

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

This tune was definitely a turning point in finding my sound. I learned how to let go a bit more and not to always be too serious with my songwriting. It was nice to take some time to have fun with this one!

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Honestly no, I’m super chuffed with how it turned out!

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

That’s all for now 🙂 just keep an eye out because I’ve got a ton of new music on the way!

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