While this may be the first time you’re hearing of Blithe, we can assure you that it’s unlikely to be the last. After first breaking into the scene late last year with a bold and infectious debut, ‘Mission,’ it wasn’t long before her fiery attitude and strong personality caught the attention of thousands worldwide. Now hot off the heels of releasing her debut EP, ‘Don’t Blink’ and selling out her debut headline show in London last month, the young rising star continues to solidify herself as a pop icon in the making, and an artist you’re certainly going to want to know.
We recently chatted to Blithe about her earliest musical memories and influences, the importance of pop music and the challenges young artists are facing today.
Starting at the very beginning – What’s your earliest memory of music?
My first cassette was “Barbie Girl” by Aqua and I vividly remember playing that on repeat and driving my family crazy.
Has performance and music always been an important part of your life and who were some of your earliest influences?
Since as far back as I can remember, performing was the most prominent thing in my life. Gwen Stefani and J Lo definitely had a massive impact on my very young years.
Do you think moving to London at 16 years of age after growing up in a small town impacted your music or views on the industry in any way and if so how?
I don’t know about the rest of the industry or if my background has affected the way I see it as I only really know it from my own perspective, but it was definitely a massive challenge being from such a small place and not knowing a single soul that was involved in the industry or anything even close. I remember thinking “how the fuck am I going to do this?! I’m this small town kid with no money, contacts or knowledge.” It was daunting as hell for a very long time.
For those that are new to your music, how would you best describe your sound?
This changes a lot as I grow as an artist. I usually describe it as some variation of pop. Right now I’m “naughty pop.”
Was pop music a style that you gravitated towards listening to as you were growing up and what is it about it that you particularly like?
Yes always. I loved songs I could make fun routines to. I just love the energy and sass of a good pop song.
There seems to be a theme of love and relationships throughout your three latest singles, do you ever worry about appearing too vulnerable or personal throughout your music, or is that raw honesty something that’s very important to you throughout the songwriting process?
I think being painfully honest is the most important thing- not only for me but for the people I want to share my music with. Growing up, singing along to songs about pain helped me understand and get over my own shit and I wanna do the same thing. I love being vulnerable – it’s a strength, not a weakness.
Your single ‘Don’t Blink’ is brilliantly punchy, can you tell us a bit more about the track and the process behind making it?
Don’t blink is about sex. I wanted to write a fun, suggestive song about what I get up to in the bedroom so we started playing around with different ideas and the concept for “Don’t Blink” came around pretty quickly.
You’ve got your very first headline show coming up in London, how are you feeling ahead of that and what have you been doing to prepare for it?
It’s crazy that it came around so fast and it feels incredible to have sold out my first headline show! Mostly just rehearsals and sorting out the set list and making sure my mum doesn’t go too overboard by inviting every person she’s ever met!
Do you have more plans to take ‘The Blithe Show’ on the road later in the year and if you could tour anywhere in the world where would it be?
If everything goes my way, I’ll be doing plenty more this year! I’d love it if my music could take me to all the places I’ve never been. Seoul and Tokyo are top of my list.
Following your first live show and the release of your EP, what else do you have in store for 2019?
More music! Making noise, gigs, travelling around, writing, getting into trouble. The usual!
Congratulations on all the support you’ve received thus far from Spotify, Beats 1 and BBC – Where is the strangest place that you’ve heard one of your songs play?
The first time I heard one of my songs, I was in a cafe in London near where I live and I lost my mind but that’s not really that strange. My family called me when Work it Out came on Radio 1 and they played it through the phone. I was in a shopping trolley in Ikea singing along.
We’re big fans of your aesthetic on social media. Do you place a lot of importance on fashion and visuals alongside your music / career?
I love fashion and I love being visually creative so yes I do. It’s another outlet for me and it’s always been another way I express myself.
As a new young, female artist on the scene, what do you think is the biggest challenge new artists in this generation are currently facing?
With the way that everything is so accessible and instant now, people constantly want more and can afford to be fickle. A few years ago, you had the radio and whatever CDs you had on repeat so people really bought into artists back then. Now you listen to 1 song and move on. Artists have to constantly be working to get music out to stay relevant now.
Do you have any advice for other up and coming female artists who may be trying to break into the music scene right now?
You don’t have to suck dick to get your music heard. Work hard. Dream big.
Last of all for a bit of fun – Finish this sentence: “One thing people don’t know about me is…”
I eat ice lollies most days.