Scarlett Baxter is an up and coming Hip Hop artist and with the release of her new single Backsliding we thought we should meet up with Scarlett for a chat. Here is what she had to say:
1. How did you get your initial start in music?
I have been into music all my life, my first love was when I was about 2 years old and I first started singing to Abba, I would sing every word from every song round the house, my mum was a massive fan and she was a singer to so I would just copy her.
I have been performing since I was very young, When I was 9 I started doing local stage productions because it was a chance to get on the stage and perform and I just got stuck in that side of performing and I trained in musical theatre up until I was 21, I still knew though that the music industry was where my main focus really was so it wasn’t until I graduated from Mountview which is where I trained in Musical theatre for 3 years that I realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do, I wanted to do music and perform as myself as an artist, So I started to mainly focus on being an artist in the music industry and that is absolutely what I want to do, I’ve been doing gigs all around London for over a year now and then started to write my own material with my guitarist who is also my co-writer.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
My ultimate aim is to eventually one day be signed so I can be the artist I want to be, make the music that people want to hear and just perform and write every single day, It is my absolute dream to be able to do this every day of my life so my aim is to make that happen.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
I was training all my life to be on the stage but I would still do all my pop stuff on the side, but whilst I was training your focus had to be on that because it was so intense, I knew that I would end up coming out of training not actually wanting to do what I initially trained for, but it all helps towards this too, it made me into more of a creative person, I began gigging when I left Mountview and it all fell into place, the music industry was what I wanted to and what I was going to do so I started writing with my guitarist, creating an individual sound.
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
I grew up listening to all the female divas, like Christina Aguilera, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain I was really into the female power houses and I always wanted to be like them, I would pretend that I was them, Christina Aguilera and Lauryn Hill have the biggest impact on me, When I perform live I like to challenge my voice and play around with the vocal acrobats but my tone is very soulful, Lauryn Hill is an incredible songwriter whenever I listen to her I feel the most inspired and of course the amazing Whitney Houston she was a dream I love her for her insane voice, She was a true powerhouse.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
My current release ‘Backsliding’ was so much fun to do, I got to write it with such amazing people, We created the song at producer John McLaughlins studio in Glasgow and created it with hugely talented writer and producers Jud Mahoney who has worked with Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton to name a few! and Natalie DeLucia who is associated with Britney Spears, So it was very surreal and I cant wait to get back there to create more!
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
I am based in North London and have been here since I was 18 now, I live in Palmers Green and it is full of budding musicians and artists it’s amazing, It’s such a lovely community, Local bands and musicians run open mic nights and gig for other artists and we all help each other out. One of my favourite venues that I have gigged at has to be The Vibe Bar in Brick Lane, it is such a good venue and great a space and platform for artists its always really busy too with people always wanting to listen to music so it instantly creates that amazing atmosphere, I always love performing there.
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
There are so many amazing local talented people, Lester Clayton band, They are just fab, very different to what is out there today and also Freya Ridings who is a local girl who is also doing great with her music and she is a very lovely lady.
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
You can find me on Twitter @scarletbaxter
Facebook at: ScarletBaxtermusic
Soundcloud: Scarlet Baxter
and also on…
…my own website at: http:// www.scarletbaxter.co.uk 🙂