I had a chat with the lovely Miss Wardrop about growing up listening to Brit rock ‘n’ roll, and her first encounter with singing in public – standing in a corner while facing the wall. Ten years later, she’s released two EPs, and had her music used in a Burberry ad.
Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a singer/songwriter from a little town not too far outside of London.
How did you get into music?
I suppose the first point that I started to get into playing music was when a bunch of my friends and I decided to start a girl band at school. We were just mucking around really and making some noises with the bare knowledge we had from our guitar lessons, but I somehow stuck with it and ended up falling more and more in love with music.
Was there anyone specific that inspired you to pick up the guitar?
My dad, probably without even knowing it at the time. I was brought up on Brit rock and roll and I think that it influenced me a lot and gave me an ear for what has shaped my musical tastes now. I was a little fat sponge of a kid and I must have just soaked it all up, meaning that one day I realised that I really wanted to be able to play the guitar. And the rest was history.
How old were you when you started?
I was 12 when I started playing guitar and probably 13 when I started singing and writing songs. It was sort of an accident though! We needed a singer for our band and we all sang a little bit to see who was best at it. I was so nervous and I remember facing the wall in a corner of the rehearsal room singing really timidly. “You’ll do”.
You did an acoustic set for Burberry, and they’ve used your song “Medicine” in one of their ads, which is AMAZING by the way – how did that come about?
Yeah! I was really lucky to be approached by them and I’m so, so grateful for it as they have been amazingly supportive and lovely! It was a friend of a friend who put me in touch with them after they had listened to my music and wanted me to do a session with them.
You played with a band for a long time, how was it going solo again after that?
Playing solo and playing in a band are so different! I was a bag of nerves playing with a band, but it’s so much more nerve-wracking playing solo as all eyes and ears are on you if you make a mistake. In many ways it’s nice too though as it isolates my vocal more and I can change the vibe of the set to make it much more gentle when I play solo. I don’t have a very loud voice so I often found it hard to project myself over the rest of the band. That being said, playing in a band is great. You can really have fun and feed off each other, and I think that it brings a song to life much more!
How do you feel it’s different working with a band compared with working on your own?
It’s completely different but both have their pros and cons!
Will we see you with a band again in the future?
Definitely. I can’t wait to re-form a band sometime soon!
Pictures courtesy of Freddie Payne.