Exposure: Scarlett Randle
- Arusa Qureshi
- 1 May 2019
Glasgow-based singer-songwriter's latest single is a dream-pop gem
Growing up just outside Aberdeen, Scarlett Randle was introduced to the world of music at the age of seven, when she was given the opportunity to start taking violin lessons at school. Since those early years, she has been developing her skill and ability as a musician and songwriter, releasing music and playing shows as much as possible, with her current sound praised by audiences for its warmth, blissed-out jazz-pop elements and soothing pop melodies. Having recently released her new single 'HER', we catch up with Randle to hear more about the release and her future plans.
On how she started making music
My first memory of getting into music was me coming home one day when I was about seven with a letter from school asking if I wanted to audition to play the violin. I remember my mum said 'do you wanna learn the violin?' to which I responded 'what's a violin?' She signed me up and I've never looked back. I always enjoyed the violin but I knew I wanted to express myself in a different way and I started teaching myself guitar and writing tunes. I moved to Glasgow in 2014 from my wee fishing village, Newtonhill, just outside Aberdeen and started working with Scottish Youth Theatre doing Family Story Time and festive shows. My flatmate Robert and I would often write the music for them and we slowly discovered this was something we both loved and started writing together and we still live and write together. Robert produces my music, I really lucked out!
On her current sound
I definitely started out with a more acoustic sound and you can hear that in 'Berlin' but at the moment I'm really enjoying not sticking to a 'sound' or genre and experimenting a bit more, getting a bit more electronic! I think genre's dying out and it's important to follow the song and listen to what the song needs rather than worrying what genre it is. If that works for you then great, but I've never been one to fit into a box! I love albums where every track sounds so different and when an artist doesn't stick to the same genre all of the time, it's more exciting I think. To answer your question though I think my sound will always be evolving. I think it's easy to compare and I think that's how you get stuck. Create art you're proud of and you like because if you like it, others will too!
On new single 'HER'
My last single 'HER' is about that feeling you get before you know someone. That warm feeling when they could be anything you want them to be because you don't know them yet, you're just so intrigued by the idea of them. It's a naive love, you want to find out everything about them and be around them all the time and then usually that bubble bursts pretty quickly but for the first wee while everything is 'perfect' and that's what I've tried to capture in 'HER'.
On the artists she looks to for inspiration
Artists that inspire me currently probably are – SOPHIE, Christine and the Queens, Maggie Rogers, Troye Sivan, Sylvan Esso, CHVRCHES, St. Vincent, The Japanese house, King Princess, Charli xcx, Aurora, Perfume Genius, Allie X, The 1975, Mac Demarco, Billie Eilish, Bon Iver.
On what the future currently looks like
You can catch me playing next on Sat 4 May in Broadcast for the Stag and Dagger warm-up party or on Wed 15 Jun at the Flying Duck as part of the Flying Moon Music and Arts Festival. As for an album, I'd loveeeeeee to release an album; I think albums are a timestamp for where you are in life at that point and I wanna have that to listen back on one day so hopefully one day I'll have a few!