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An Interview with Rachel Croft

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I have been joined by Rachel Croft, who has joined me to chat about her musical journey!

Welcome to Totally Music would you like to introduce yourself?

Hey Totally Music, I’m Rachel Croft, I’m a full time independent rock musician from London. My songs have been synced on the BBC and Netflix, I’ve played a lot around Europe and the US, and I was Caffe Nero’s Artist of the Month earlier this year!

How would you describe the music you create? 

My songs are usually quite epic, with lots of references to classic rock. I love cinema and drama, I love using all the different facets of my voice. People often say my music conjures imagery in their mind which for me is the highest compliment.

What inspires the music you write? 

Personal experiences mostly. I spend a lot of time speculating and ruminating about my path as a musician, how precarious it can feel sometimes. I also love to write about people I don’t like because I find it entertaining and people seem to respond really well to it!

How do you feel you differ from other artists? 

Everyone is unique, and has their own story to tell. I think my voice helps me stand out, especially as I like to play with it and entertain. I also love to use my art a lot in my music, for merch and posters and designs. It’s not unique but it’s quite unusual!

What is your creative process when making music?

Generally it’s the chords, the rhythm, the melody, then the words. Once or twice thought the chorus has just popped into my head and I’ve been able to capture it in time on paper or in my phone before I lose it! So many lucid moments half way between sleep have lead to some good songs (including Weaver Bird) when I’ve thought to wake up and retain the idea. 

What has been your favourite song you’ve written and why?

That has to be A Mind Made of Sky. It’s not out yet but I play it live a lot and we’ll share it with the EP this summer - it’s the title track! I find it very healing and cathartic - the message is basically that you should think of the emotions you feel as weather passing over a great sky and that no matter how terrible something feels, it will pass eventually. I thought that was a beautiful sentiment so made it into a song. I am unbelievably proud of the production we made (I worked with Josh Izsard, he’s amazing) 

What has been your favourite performance to date and why? 

I payed a headline show at Camden Assembly last year. It was the first event where we had a FULL ON light show and it was insanely epic. I felt like some rock star, with the lights silhouetting me and the strobes. We made an album of the concert which I have on my website, and you can also watch the full concert video there too. 

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why? 

Madison Square Gardens, or the Pyramid stage at Glasto. Because. Just because!!

Who would you most like to collaborate with artistically?

I would love to do a song with KALEO, they’re an incredible band and one of the first rock band I admired but never thought I could be like (slowly changing that with Pacify Me and my next releases). 

What’s next for you? 

Well after Pacify Me (12th April) I’m working on "A Mind Made of Sky” EP, which I’ll stagger as singles over the summer, in between UK and Switzerland tours. I’m thinking 5 tracks, we’re finishing up the third song right now. I cannot wait to share them, they’re a mixture of blistering rock, cinema and analogue vibes. Oh and I really want to make a vinyl so I’m working hard to make that happen for myself. 2024 is looking busy! It feels good.

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