"Inequality varies from genre to genre - at least that’s what I’ve found." - Indoor Foxes Interview
I am so excited to share my interview with Edinburgh based artist Indoor Foxes! Her most recent release 'Mr Yellow Eyes' is incredible and one of my favourite tracks of 2021 so far! We chatted about all things songwriting, women in music and what we can look forward to seeing from her in the future!.
Lets get into it...
I love your latest single ‘Mr Yellow Eyes’, What was the inspiration behind the song and can you tell us about the creation of the track?
The song is really about hurting for someone else and how that impacts you. It’s sort of similar in sentiment to Peach Stone, just a lot less angry. It comes from a place of pain and of confusion. I like to think of it like a letter to my Dad. He’s been very important to me in times of ‘strife’ in a very different way to other people in my life.
How did you first get involved in music? Were there any specific influences that inspired you to start writing and playing?
I’ve always been a pianist since I could remember, and been surrounded by music. All my family are musicians and we always make the joke it’s a bit like the von-traps. Song writing is very cathartic for me so I guess we can blame being sad and stressed for the creation of Indoor Foxes.
I would love to hear about your songwriting process. The last year has obviously been a big adjustment to everyone, did this impact you creatively and change up your process in any way?
I find that for me, song writing and production kind of go hand in hand. I’ve never been in a studio or anything so in terms of recording I could argue I was almost at an advantage with being stuck at home, in my ‘bedroom studio’. When I write a song, half the time it gets recorded very close to the day of writing so not having to go to work or school and allowing my brain to just go crazy was actually very liberating. Writing songs for me is a bit like the sensation when you’ve had too much to drink and you need to be a bit sick. It sounds really weird but that’s the best way I’ve had of describing it. You can feel it coming and then it’s like , urgh urgh bleh - boom the whole song comes out, pretty much fully formed.
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?
I find this question quite hard to answer. I’m very aware of the inequality and injustice experienced every day by minorities/intersectional groups in the music industry. I don’t know how to rectify that though since, on a personal level, I haven’t experienced it as much as others would anticipate. Generally, I feel like I’m coming into an industry that wants me there. But I’m a pop/indie singer; inequality varies from genre to genre - at least that’s what I’ve found. I’m also a cis-gender white woman. I’m not best qualified to comment on overall diversity and inclusion because ‘I am’ the focus of a lot of work that is currently being done. Hopefully, the work on engagement will continue and accelerate the inclusion and equality in music - but who’s to say that after COVID it won’t just revert to a pit of sexual violence and abuse. We all wish for a better environment, but ultimately minorities are not at the mercy of each other, they’re at the mercy of.
Is there a moment within your career that you would say was your most rewarding experience or something that you are significantly proud of out of all your achievements?
Every moment that is a step up is the best moment for me. It changes every day. Whether it be hitting a certain number of streams, or being covered by a certain magazine, or a gig. It all changes so often. At the moment my high point is my vinyl. I never ever thought I would be selling physical copies of my music to people who ACTUALLY like it.
What can we look forward to from you in 2021?
2021 will be the year of gigs. Hopefully I’m going to be going a little bit of touring and travelling. Playing a bunch of shows that are going to be absolutely amazing. I’ve also got this vinyl out which is selling super well. Fingers crossed we sell it out!
Lastly, I was wondering what female or non-binary Scottish artists are you most excited about right now?
I have been super into Phoebe Bridgers recently but my BIG love, and it’s no secret how much I adore her, is Lianne la Havas. She’s just THE BEST. In terms of the Scottish scene I’ve been listening to Dead Pony . They’re so cool.
Thank you so much to Indoor Foxes for answering all of my burning questions!
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