Rae Morris’s second album, Someone Out There is already a contender for pop album of the year. Beyond uplifting, with the likes of, Do It capable of installing positivity into even the most down trodden soul, the album proves Rae should be subscribed on the NHS. Fact.
Here the 25 year-old from the big lights of Blackpool - who names Tori Amos giving her a scarf a seminal career moment - talks about the perils of being a girl boss in a male dominated world…
“The first album was very much just myself at the piano – it was predominately acoustic with a few ‘soundscapey’ additions - tt was all very ethereal. But this time around I wanted to be a little bit more direct. I wanted every instrument that featured to be very specific and to have a reason to be there and to be quite cutting, sharp, raw and edgy. I think the results are more energetic and electric this time around!”
"I wouldn’t even call singing a job…"
“When it came to creating the album I was feeling really free and really happy to have time to be making music again. A lot of the job – if you want to call it a job, it’s probably not a job - you’re on the road or doing interviews or thinking about social media and all of the things that make an album campaign happen. For most musicians the reason that they got into it was to make music so when you finally get given a year to focus completely on music it’s the most amazing feeling. I just felt very happy, very relaxed and super inspired to be as creative as possible.”
"I have found it hard to balance being an artist and being signed to a big record company…”
“I have found it hard to find my voice in the industry - it’s taken me quite a while to find the balance and how exactly to make it work. For me all that I focus on is making sure that everything I put out, or every decision that I make, is right for me and for the fans and what they want from my music and me as an artist. You have to make decisions and make compromises so for instance I understand the fact that I need to do more on social media because I made this decision to be on a major record label. At the end of the day I did it so my music would have a wider reach. You have to take the rough with the smooth and it’s my decision. My goal is to make sure that more people access the music so the rest of the things I have to do I just have to deal with.”
"Being in the music industry has made me realize I’m quite an emotional person…"
“That sounds like a really weird to thing to say because obviously that’s what you expect from an artist but I never knew how much I reacted emotionally to things- especially in pressurized situations. That’s been a great thing to learn because I know how to control those anxieties now. From being in this industry I’ve also learned that the only person that’s going to get stuff done is you. So if you have an idea then you need to make it happen, you can’t really wait around for people to do things for you. It’s really important that you go and meet people or if you want to do collaboration with someone you should go and actually ask if they want to be creative with you!”
"The ratio of jobs between women and men in music still needs to be looked at…"
The gender imbalance in the entertainment industry is changing every day, with every news headline. My thought has always been: I’m a musician, I’m making music and that I’m the same as my peers. I am the same as the dudes that play in my band - there shouldn’t be any difference. I just want to be treated exactly the same and I think that there’s a lot of work to be done still, too, especially when it comes to the crew. You go to festivals where most roadies are still male and you don’t see any kind of equal distribution of jobs in that sense. I feel like that’s an area where I’d really like to see change quickly but it’s tough.”
"Every time I stand up for myself in this industry it gets a little easier…"
“Sometimes I think it is seen as a weakness to get emotional about your work. A lot of the time people do just think that I am just the emotional vocalist that has to just turn up do the final shiny finish on something. But you just have to get over the fact that there is a stereotype about being a woman if you shout out about what you want then you’re just a bit difficult to work with or mean or hard. I actually think that is very unfair because if a dude went in there and said, ‘this is what I want,’ people would react by thinking, ‘that’s really cool he knows what he wants!’ I think that’s definitely something that I’d love to see change. Everytime I stand up for myself it gets a bit easier, every time, but it takes a bit of time to like feel confident about that.”
Rae Morris’s new album, 'Someone Out There' is out now