Acclaimed singer songwriter Scarlette Fever returned on April 22nd with a free download of “Where’s The Fun?” – the first taster of her brand new material. We had a chat about life, music and touring.
Hi Scarlette. Tell us a bit about your background and how you got into making music.
Wow, that could be a really long story so I’ll try and keep it brief…. My Mum has always been a huge music fan with fabulously eclectic taste so there was always music playing in the background when I was a kid. I guess that my passion for singing began when I was bought a karaoke machine for my 7th birthday. After my A-Levels, I didn’t know how but I knew that I wanted to try and become a singer so I took what I thought would be a gap year to give it a go. I didn’t really know where or how to start so I bought The Stage and started going to auditions. I started to learn the piano, sang at weddings and started to have a go at writing songs. Finding my own identity and actually getting any good like most things in life didn’t fall into my lap it took a long time and a massive amount of effort and determination.
Where did your wonderful name come from?
When I began writing Medication Time, I was looking for an artist name. I knew that I wanted it to be something fun (sometimes us singer/songwriters can take life way to seriously) and I guess camp to match my inner drag Queen. I came up with the idea of Scarlette and after a bought of the flu someone mentioned Scarlette Fever, it was love at first sight.
Who are your main musical influences?
I love the Ladies with big voices and big hair what more can I say?
Your 2012 EP, The Great Expectations had a much more raw sound than previous singles. Was that a conscious switch?
Absolutely….! After basically a year of gigging with the band and having to very quickly learn how to be a rhythm guitarist I really felt that I had discovered the core of my sound, Rock n Roll baby. My songs massively evolved and I wanted to share that with my fans.
You’ve played a lot in the US recently. That must have been a great experience?
Absolutely…. I have to say that I have fallen in love with the US of A. It really has been an incredible experience; working in the sunshine with amazing people and playing in incredible venues to great crowds. Very cool…
We featured your latest track Where’s The Fun recently. Tell us a bit about the song
It’s a feel old school good tune about the crappier mundane aspects to life. Bless him when Chris first came up with the idea, he was working for Tesco and had written his car off…
Where do the ideas for your songs come from?
Anywhere and everywhere.
Are you doing any festivals over the summer?
At this point I’m not sure what we’ll be up to. I’ve just come back from the States again and right now all of my focus is on finishing off some tunes. All I can really tell you right when it comes to gigs is what I’m having for lunch today.
And what are your future musical plans?
To just keep going, growing and evolving. Music is so exciting and that’s why I love it, there are no limits and no real plan. I don’t think anyone ever really knows where music will take them.