The emerging alt-pop artist reveals all in our Very. Important. Questions…

She may have only just released her debut EP The Life Illusion last year, but alt-pop singer E. PARKER is ready to embrace the next phase of her metamorphosis.

Beginning with her cinematic comeback single ‘Godspeed’, the artist incorporates echoes of iconic tale-weavers Lorde and Lana Del Rey, the song dialling back the darker climes of ‘Runs and Rides’ and viral hit ‘Thighs’ for strings, skittish beats and a confident and composed vocal.

Latest single ‘Girl’ takes a more seductive and bolder turn with thumping bass and rippling synth, but where did such inspiration come from? You may be surprised as E. PARKER digs into her past with our Very. Important. Questions…

What was the first song that you remember loving as a child?

When Delta Goodrem first released her song ‘Born to Try’, I think that was the first time that I became completely obsessed with a musician and their artistry.

Who was your biggest musical icon at the age of twelve?

I love Lily Allen and Eminem but now I am unsure. I was also obsessed with Lindsey Lohan but I am definitely still sure about that.

What was the title of the first song you wrote and what was it about? 

I think when I was about eight, I wrote a song about a sad boy who didn’t have anyone to give them a birthday cake and another about aliens but I can’t remember their titles.

What was the first album that you remember buying?

I definitely bought Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis and I think it’s iconic. I used to save up my pocket money and buy CDs at the little music shop in my town and it was always so exciting.

What was the first gig that you went to?

I saw Mumford and Sons when I was in high school, it was the first time I’d ever gone out drinking on a school night and I remember feeling like such a badass. I also had a crush on Marcus Mumford.

What is your favourite song (ever)?

There’s a piano piece by Phillip Glass called ‘Mad Rush’ and it makes me cry every time.

What song are you loving most right now?

For fun, anything by Lizzo and to relax, anything by Anouar Brahem. I’ve just discovered his music and I feel like it’s transported me to another world. 

You have one last meal on Earth: starter, main, dessert – what would it be?

I recently watched Jeong Kwan’s episode on Chef’s Table, so I think I would personally ask her to cook my last meal. She could make anything she liked but I feel like it would be a very peaceful, spiritual experience, which is the kind of vibe I’d want for my last meal.

What’s your go-to soft drink?

I’m a sparkling water girl at heart, so just San Pellegrino.

And alcoholic beverage?

Nothing beats a negroni. An espresso martini is a close second.

Sweet or savoury?

Savoury.

Which Spice Girl are you?

Posh Spice but gayer.

What was your biggest fear when you were younger?

Failure and not living up to my potential.

Have you overcome it?

Not yet.

What is your most embarrassing memory?

I remember going on a school outing once and the zip of my dress completely broke and I had nothing to fix it, so I spent the entire evening desperately trying to hold this tiny boob tube dress in place and failing miserably.

Who would play you in a film of your life? 

Megan Fox with low-key Jennifer’s Body vibes.

If you could be in a tribute act, who would you be and why?

I think I would be in a Marina and the Diamonds tribute band but just for The Family Jewels album. I feel it’s actually a totally seminal piece of work for me and so many of the songs accompanied my teen angst phase, so I think I could do them justice.

Tell us about a time where you did something you probably shouldn’t…

I used to go out with a fake ID in high school, like most people and I was questioned by the police a few times. Each time I managed to put on a terrible English accent and convince them I was a teacher doing some travelling, it always worked!

E. PARKER’S latest single ‘Girl’ is available now.