Chatterbox: Cally Rhodes talks to us about ‘Like I Used To’, Aberystwyth and fashion

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

I can play piano by sound which is quite cool. So if I hear a piece of music, I can usually play it straight back without having to learn the chords.

What are your musical influences?

I’ve always loved Kate Bush because of her organic and expressive voice! I also listened to Fleetwood Mac a lot as a kid and liked that Country influence. Now I’m into Bebe Rexha, Mark Ronson and actually love Miley Cyrus’s voice. 

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

I was born in a small town in Wales called Aberystwyth. Growing up in a seaside town will have definitely impacted my music. It was always quiet and I found I naturally had space to breath and live life at my own pace.  I think having that beach life may have also injected a Summery chilled vibe into some of my songs.

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

I’m into fashion so I’m always keeping an eye on the latest trends! I’m also really into nature and love walking in the outdoors. I find it’s great for clearing the mind which is really important because we always have so much to think about! 
How would you describe the sound you’ve crafted on ‘Like I Used To’ and what does it draw upon thematically?

Like I Used To is soft, chilled and honest. The words are direct and pretty conversational. The song is about realising you’re no longer in love with your ex and coming to terms with it. So the instrumentation, vocal melodies and lyrics reflect those feelings. Everything is deliberately sensitive.

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

More live shows! I have a great band so we’re eager to play live as much as we can this year. You can also expect two more songs before the Summer. 


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