Full of colour, power and a whole load of talent on top, meet London’s newest rising star, Tiggi Hawke. After releasing ‘Neon Dancer’ last month, we were blown away so had absolutely no choice but to find out more!
So, to introduce yourself to the masses, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in music?
Aloha, everyone! I’m a singer/songwriter based at Tileyard Music Studios in Kings Cross, London and I’ve just released a new single! I’ve been working with Tileyard Music for a while now, I started writing music when I was about 15 and since then I’ve been developing my own musical path. I finally decided to pursue my artist career after a wildly under-attended gig in Bath (yep, solid reasoning, I know!) and moved straight back to London to start writing for myself. I’ve been so lucky to be surrounded by some incredible people at Tileyard, I definitely could never have come this far without them!
Was the genre direction of your music always clear?
100%… Not at all! I knew content-wise what I wanted to write about but it took about a year and a half to really nail down what my sound was, and even now it’s still changing! The lyrics are still raw and honest, really based more on feelings than anything else which I hope makes them relatable to many different situations than just my own and I really hope that doesn’t change too much but, as my mentor always told me, it’s just one hell of a journey! That said, I’m enjoying the inevitable evolution of my sound, it feels like its changing as I grow more comfortable and confident in myself which I can only see as a good thing.
Your new track ‘Neon Dancer’ is great and so full of energy, can you tell us a bit more about the backstory to this track?
When I wrote that track, I had a crystal clear feeling in mind and I really wanted that to translate through all the various stages of production. I’ve been lucky enough to have been born and raised in London, so cities are oddly comforting to me, wherever I go. That’s not to say that they’re all the same! I love how you can feel the differences in each city like they have their own glowing heartbeats, and to reflect this I wanted the lyrics to be descriptive but uplifting like you’re driving through a city at night with the wild, mystery of the shadows and neon lights.
The visuals to go alongside ‘Neon Dancer’ are stunning; did you have a lot of say in the creation of these?
I LOVED making that video, the crew were amazing and we had a really fun day! I’m so proud of the video, it was everything I hoped for and more, I really wanted to participate in the whole process and I really enjoyed being deeply involved in the creative process. I would never dream of taking too much credit, though, everyone who was a part of it really outdid themselves and we produced something I can’t wait to show everyone!
The makeup for that must have taken hours! Was it always the intention to be completely covered?
You’re not wrong! It took about 2 and a half hours, extreme kudos to Nina, my wonderful make-up artist, we had a great time experimenting with the different paints under the light. And I’m pretty sure a lot of people enjoyed throwing paint at my face! It wasn’t the original plan to be completely covered but seeing how well the paints worked, we though we should go full on and get the full effect. I think the person who was most surprised was my uber driver home… I think he was too scared to even ask!!
You have a pet tortoise, Forest? Such a cool pet! Does Forest like your music?
I adopted Forest when I found him on holiday and we had a great time feeding him lettuce (it was pretty one-sided!). I’m pretty sure tortoises have ears, but to be honest, I couldn’t find them but he looked pretty chilled when I played my music so I’m gonna go with yes! I also have a kitten called Poseidon, I was hoping he’d grow into his name but he still hates the water and is a little scaredy-cat but he’s a big fan (again, jumping to serious conclusions here, he seems to prefer to constantly sleep at this point than anything else!).
‘Neon Dancer’ has been remixed a fair few times, do you have any particular favourites?
No way!! It’s like asking me to choose my favourite musical child… Shame on you! I’m joking but they’re all so different its so hard to make any preference like that, I think everyone who remixed them has done an amazing job, I’m really grateful for everyone’s involvement.
2016 was a great year for you, what are your main goals for 2017?
2017 is shaping up to be super exciting already! I was completely honoured to reach number 4 in Music Weeks commercial pop and club charts and this week I get to show everyone the new video! The main goal for this year is to keep on writing and just enjoying doing what I love which has only been possible with the incredible support I’ve received in 2016, so thank you all!
What’s next in terms of music/touring etc? Any album plans?
I’m doing loads of writing at the moment and focussing on my next few singles so watch this space. I’ve got a few gig’s coming up, you can see them all on my Facebook as they come up and if you can make it, I’d love to see you there!