By Jennifer Lynn
If I was to mention Blackpool, what’s the first image that springs to mind? The Pleasure Beach? The Pepsi Max? The Tower Ballroom? That’s all about to change as twenty-year-old Rae Morris, a singer-songwriter from Las Blackpool, heads out on her debut headline tour this week. With her haunting vocals and beautiful self-penned stories, Rae is most easily comparable with the likes of Lucy Rose and Gabrielle Aplin, but you’ll soon realise that it’s more important to her to be herself…
You’re heading out on your first solo tour; how does it feel to finally be the headliner?
It feels really strange actually; I can’t quite understand it! I don’t think it will feel real until I’m actually at the gigs, playing the shows. It has been a long time coming; I’ve done a lot of support tours, so I feel really privileged to be doing it on my own.
What have you learned from those support slots with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Fink?
Such a large amount that I don’t even know where to begin! It’s crazy. I think mostly just from the people I’ve been around, such great musicians and characters, learning what it’s like to play music full-time. I guess living in Blackpool sometimes you don’t meet people who are too like-minded, but meeting so many incredible artists has just been such an amazing thing for me, and being on tour in Europe with Fink was amazing. I had never been to any of those places, at all, so with their culture and my lack of culture it changed me a lot.
Are there any artists currently in the charts who you admire or aspire to be like in terms of success?
Someone who I keep thinking about a lot is Jake Bugg, because I played a few gigs with him in the early days, so to me it’s incredible how the public have taken to him. He’s quite an alternative artist really, and I just think that’s really inspiring, to see that he’s being himself and doing something that’s genuinely really credible. I think he’s brilliant. Also people like Lucy Rose and Bombay Bicycle Club – these genuine artists are my kinda thing.
You’re only twenty and you started gigging and writing songs when you were seventeen; what made you realise that you wanted to make a career out of music?
I’m not sure, because I wasn’t 100% certain that it was doable, so for a long time I didn’t really think that I could do it. It probably wasn’t until I signed a record deal and actually started doing bigger gigs that I started to let myself believe that it was possible. I was always brought up to just take every day as it comes, and not count your chickens, that kind of thing. I’m still doing that, to a certain extent, but now I really do believe that it’s doable. It’s very strange, but it’s very exciting too!
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Do you ever have any wobbly moments when you’re releasing an EP and you just think, “what if nobody likes it?!”
I definitely have those moments; I have them all the time, and I think everyone does to a certain extent. It’s just the idea of wanting to produce something that’s still me, but that people will like, because I want people to know who I am and my personality. I’ve got a great fear of coming across as arrogant or something else that it wouldn’t be nice to come across as, so I always have those moments, but I think it’s good to never be too sure of yourself and keep on your toes.
You’ve managed to establish your style pretty early on, but do you think you would ever go in another direction and do anything seriously upbeat, or dance-y, or whatever?
My dream is to make a lot of albums and have as long a career as possible, so it’s hard to judge what direction I’ll take, but I definitely don’t think it’ll be dance-y [laughs]. It’s not really my kind of thing, but I love the way Kate Bush always kept things fresh and new, and she’s really inspiring to me. Every album of hers is very different, but still sounds like her. Maybe I’ll have a radical period, but I wont be doing anything with David Guetta, that’s for sure!
Now THAT would be interesting! Should we expect a full album this year?
Hopefully; we’ve just started working on it. I’m taking a break to go on tour, but then it’ll be right back into it, and hopefully we’ll get it out at the end of the year – my favourite time of year.