Get To Know: Pip Millett
This week, we get to know Manchester singer/songwriter Pip Millett...
Inspired by the videos she saw growing up on a certain music television network (MTV, obvs), Pip Millett’s soulful sound is influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley.
Having made an impression with her gorgeous debut 'Make Me Cry', she’s been co-signed by Jorja Smith, has a COLORS show under her belt, and her third EP Motion Sick on the way. Having only performed two headline shows, and with more on the way, we can’t wait to hear more from Pip!
1. For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…
I’m a singer/songwriter from Manchester. I’ve been releasing music for the past three years and I’ve now got my third EP Motion Sick on its way!
2. Who/what inspired you to start a career in music?
I think years of watching the music channel inspired me. I remember watching so many music videos from such a young age and being in awe of each artist that would come on.
3. Who are your biggest musical influences?
Joni Mitchell, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse. I love all of their writing and the emotion behind their voices.
4. Tell us about the writing and recording process of your new release…
'Hard Life' was written and first recorded years ago. I was still at uni at the time and didn’t own any recording equipment, so one of my managers booked us into a studio in Bethnal Green and that’s where I recorded the original take of this song. I wrote most of the lyrics at home, but some parts I wrote in the studio really quick in an attempt to try and fill some of the spaces.
5. What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I think my headline shows in Manchester and London in 2018. I don’t know if they just feel extra special because I’ve only done two, but currently I do feel that they were something special in my career so far. I’ve got more shows coming an the end of the summer too.
6. Who would you be your dream collaboration and why?
I think James Blake. We’d both bring different vibes that I think might blend nicely together. Also, I love James Blake and love his writing.
7. Have you met anyone and been totally starstruck?
I don’t think so. I’ve not met many famous people. Generally, I’ll see them from a distance and be too shy to say hi.
8. If you could only listen to one song on repeat for the rest of time what would it be and why?
James Blake - 'Vincent'. I feel that with this song I feel something different each time I listen to it.
9. What’s on your playlists that people wouldn’t expect?
There’s a lot of old music on there, but I feel like people would expect that. They might be surprised to know I’ve got Kings Of Leon in there, just because they’re such a different sound from my own.
10. What can we expect from your live shows?
Lots of fun! I think people can get in their feelings when listening to my music, but the shows can bring that sadness from each song and then provide some light and joy afterwards.
11. Have you got any fun livestreams/online events planned for this year? / When can we see you live?
I haven’t got any planned, but who knows, live streams might have fizzled out by the time I choose to do one.