Last year, we saw the release of Scarlet Baxter’s new single ‘Skydive’. We catch up with Scarlet to talk to her about her plans for 2018 and what it was like creating her latest song.
Previously exploring her love for RnB, Scarlet Baxter has now changed her path and is bringing a new vibe into 2018. With producer and writing partner, Jud Mahoney on her side, Scarlet is now developing on her new country sound. This has been to much success with many comparing her to the likes of Adele. If this sounds like your cup of tea then read on to see what Scarlet has in store for us this year!
How would you describe the sound of your new track ‘Skydive’?
I would say it’s got a new country vibe. I really like that phrase because I like to write songs that I can give my own twist to. Even though it is a country song, this one is very new country pop.
Is this song based on personal experience?
It wasn’t really personal. It’s a feel-good song and can be related to anything. It’s about leaving something behind, leaving your fears behind. It was important for me to get that across in a song, especially these days. People are so anxious about things and it represents the idea of skydiving away from how you’re feeling.
What is it like working with Jud Mahoney?
He is amazing and like a friend now. The people at the studio are sort of like a family. As a new and unsigned artist, I think it’s important to keep a similar sound so people recognise you and working with the same people help with this. They know my style and me as an artist and what I want to achieve with my song-writing. Jud and his partner Natalie DeLucia are incredible to be in a studio with, especially as they have worked with so many people. Sometimes I just sit there and ask questions about the people they have worked with.
What have you learnt from working with him?
I have definitely learnt how to write songs and that is the main thing. When I went to them, around 4 years ago, I didn’t care much for song-writing. I didn’t really know how to write a song until I went there and now they are getting stronger each time.
What is your favourite thing about the music video for ‘Skydive’?
I’m very lucky to have a family that work in video production. I wanted it to be simple so we done it in the countryside near me. The best thing about working with family is that you can say what you want and not feel pressured. The whole idea was mine and I was able to be free.
Is there anything you would do differently next time?
I am my own biggest critic. After everything I do, I always think of ways I could have changed it and have different ideas running through my mind. I think that is a good thing because it enables me to grow as an artist and gives me something to aim for in the future.
Your singing has been compared to Adele, how do you feel about this?
If I had a penny for every time somebody said that, I would be a millionaire. It’s amazing as Adele is one of the biggest stars on the planet right now. If I sound like Adele then hopefully I can follow in her path.
You were previously uploading cover videos to YouTube. What is your favourite cover that you have done?
It’s strange because when I’m singing I like to do a big song and go crazy but recently I’ve wanted to do some mellow ones. Surprisingly, my favourite cover I have done so far would have to be ‘Malibu’ by Miley Cyrus.
What was the highlight of 2017 for you?
Last year I was writing music that was very RnB. I love this genre because it was the music I grew up with and makes me feel nostalgic. I was away with my guitarist from January to April and we done a lot of gigs. It was then that I realised that I needed to go down a different path. I get the best reception when I do my acoustic gigs and when my singing is more soulful. I realised I needed to make it more about the singing and less about the music. Since going down this new country route, I’ve done 2 new tracks and they’re my favourite ones. It’s a highlight for me that I took a risk and went a different way.
What can we expect from you for this year?
I want this year to be big. I want to be out doing gigs and showcasing the new songs. My favourite part about all this is the performing. My plan is to just make music and get out there a lot more!
Are we going to be looking at an album from you this year?
Hopefully, yes. I love making albums and now I’ve gone down this different path, it is going to be an amazing album to make. When I make an album, I like to add versions of the tracks where they are completely stripped back. I think it’s nice to show people how much I love to sing.
What has been your biggest challenge as a singer/song-writer?
The whole thing has been a challenge. I think people forget how hard it is and how long it takes. I always say that I wish I was born in the 70’s or 80’s because back then you just had to have talent. These days, you need to have the whole package ready, including downloads and streams on Spotify and a certain amount of follows on social media before you’re noticed. There’s so much talent out there but you need the right people behind you otherwise you don’t have much of a chance.
What has been the best piece of advice that you have been given?
I always get told to be patient and to not give up. It’s a rollercoaster and you have to mentally be prepared for that. I think everyone in any job gets moments of self-doubt and it’s all about not giving up. I would say the same to anyone trying to do the same thing. You need to be proactive and go out there and do something. I always say that if your dreams don’t scare you then they are not big enough!
Check out this exclusive version of Scarlet’s new single ‘Skydive’ for Lyrically-Speaking readers:
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