Chatterbox: we sat down with Tiggi Hawke to discuss influences, Game of Thrones and what else is to come in 2019

Hey! Could you tell our readers something about yourself that they might not find out otherwise?

I’m not sure that a lot of people know that I have absolutely no sense of direction. It’s more like negative 1 sense of direction! I honestly am not sure how I got around before Google Maps and actually I don’t think my mum knows either. My family have a general rule they follow, if in doubt which way to go, ask me then go the opposite way… To be fair, they’re usually right!

What have been your musical influences for this new project?

This new release has been a musical journey for me (cliche I know!), I’ve been really lucky to work with some amazing artists and DJs on collab tracks which have been a game changer but it took me a moment to figure out my sound when it was just me. A lot of my previous releases have been 50% me and 50% someone else so I spent some time narrowing down what bits was me and worked with some incredible people on crafting my next few singles! Inspiration wise, it’s a bit of everything, there’s been some insane music out the last 6 months and I’ve just really enjoyed discovering it and having been inspired by artists like Billie Eilish and George Ezra, really getting back to the roots of songwriting.

What do you like to do outside of your career in music? 

Outside music is a weird one for me because I don’t ever feel like I’m not thinking about or doing something towards a song or the beginnings of an idea that I had walking to the supermarket (which often leads to a food based lyric – my love of chocolate is fully documented). That said, me and video games are very good friends, I watch the Game Awards as closely as I watch the Grammys (bring out the popcorn!) but I’m also a bit of an environmentalist so I like to do ocean clean ups when I can which usually means I get to go diving at the same time which is HEAVEN for me!

How would you describe the sound you’ve crafted for this release?

I’d say it’s very much bang in the middle of pop, synth and electronic. It really does have a bit of everything and what I love about this some is that it was written on a wiring camp with some unreal writers and producers so it has a genuine mix of all of us in it which is why I love co-writing with people, they inspire ideas in me that I really don’t think I would’ve had myself sitting in a room second-guessing myself!


Where are you based, and how does your city impact your music?

I’m born, raised and now based in London which is so vibrant and buzzing with energy it’s impossible that it doesn’t affect my music somehow! What I love about London musically, is that it almost has it’s own sound, its an incubator of so many times of music that people don’t seem to get anywhere else. I love the electronic and futuristic side of cities combined with the history, to me cities seem to have this pulse that you can’t find in a lot of places and that really inspires me.

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing music?

Definitely from my surroundings, I need to be able to relate to a topic or a concept to write about it otherwise I can’t give it my all which is important to me. I don’t like half-assing things in general, I’m an all or nothing person which is sometimes good but also sometimes really bad! Most of my songs are from my own experiences or experiences of people close to me but when I write about them, I try and keep a layer of ambiguity about them so people can listen to them and take what they want from it, instead of me almost dictating what I want people to think about when they hear a song.

What do fans have to look forward to over the next few months?

Some really cringy Christmas pictures for a start. But then more music, which I’m too excited for words for – I wish I could release all my upcoming singles now! 2019 also means more live shows which is just the icing on the cake, it means I get to show people some unreleased songs and some super sneaky previews of what’s coming next!


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