"I feel the music industry can be such an unequal place at times" - Christie Oliver Interview
I am so excited to share this week's interview with Singer/Songwriter Christie Oliver! Christie has just released her new single 'Crazy' with Adam Scott which is definitely one of my favourites of this year so far! We chatted all things songwriting, her career so far and what female and non-binary musicians she is excited about right now!
Let's get into it! ...
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me Christie! I am absolutely loving the new single with Adam Scott ‘Crazy’ the melody is so cool! Could you tell me a bit about the inspiration behind the song and how it came to be?
Thank you! I’m so glad you are enjoying it.
‘Crazy’ first took shape when Adam had recorded some rough chords on his phone and sent me them over, within a couple hours I had structured a full song with just two 15 second voice notes. From there the song just took off.
The track is about how after a few months of seeing someone, the confusion of where you stand with your other half can set in. But instead of reassurance and comfort you’re hit with instability and confusion. Your other half feels although they have the upper hand in the relationship, and you will just be at their beck and call. The tracks about the realisation of this and taking the steps to cut it off and regain your control.
Both of your singles ‘Crazy’ and ‘White Lies’ are so beautifully written! I would love to hear about your songwriting process, do you always have a set approach that you take?
I would say I take a laid-back approach when it comes to my songwriting. I try to not overthink and usually just write down the first words that come to my head. I would say I always start by finding a chord structure I like, or a beat and just jam lyrics over it until the song is formed.
How did you first get involved in music? Was this a career path that you always wanted to follow?
I didn’t properly start taking music seriously until we went into the first lockdown, so I’d say this is when my career started and I really began to take it seriously. Although, throughout my full life music has always been such a massive part of everything I do. My family is very musical and I would say it was them who inspired me to pursue music and gave me the first push into the industry.
Music wasn’t my first career path; throughout school I had my heart set on being a lawyer.
Is there a way that you think that as a society and a community that we can work towards creating a more equal and diverse environment within the Scottish music industries?
100%, I feel the music industry can be such an unequal place at times and things need to change. I think one of the main things would be getting more female/non-binary acts on big festival bills and ensuring the stage wasn’t being dominated by a specific gender. There’s so much talent in Scotland right now and there needs to be a change made in order to showcase this.
Is there a moment within your career so far that you would say was your most rewarding experience or something that you are significantly proud of out of all your achievements?
I would say my most rewarding experience was being selected as BBC Radio 1’s The Afternoon Shows ‘Single of the week’. It was just crazy to hear ‘White Lies’ be played on such a big station and insane to hear all the lovely comments people had to say about my it.
What else can we expect from you in 2021?
Music, music, music! I really want to spend this year just sharing my songs with the world and building up an amazing community around me. And, of course, if things open back up, I can’t wait to gig everywhere and anywhere. I’m set to be playing at this year’s Party At The Palace in August so fingers crossed it goes ahead.
Lastly, I was wondering what female or non-binary Scottish artists are you most excited about right now?
I am super excited about Bow Anderson. I first heard her song ‘Sweater’ this time last year and was blown away. She’s already released some other amazing songs and I think there’s so much more to come – she is 100% one to watch!
Thank you so much to Christie for answering all of my questions! Make sure to go and check her out!
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