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MORRIS RAE


Tis lady is surely on the up and up. Longlisted for the BBC’s Sound of 2015, with a new album out and a tour on its way, Rae Morris is about to hit the big time. Her track Closer was the soundtrack to 2015 and her latest single Under the


Shadows is getting hella lotta airplay. Plus she’s the Rachel with the best hair since her out of Friends. I chatted with


her ahead of her gig at Norwich Arts Centre, and she filled me in on that time she wanted to be a crime scene


investigator and how she’s learning more about making music every day. God speed, Ms Morris!


16 / February 2015/outlineonline.co.uk


You’ve been playing music since you started the piano aged 4. Did you always feel like music was going to be a massive part of your life? Yeah I did. I went through a stage when I was at school of being really interested in crime scenes and wanted to be a crime scene investigator. I was watching a lot of Casualty at the time! Apart from that brief obsession, I could never imagine doing anything else. I’m actually not good at anything else; I’m OK at the arts, I did A Level in art. I always knew I wanted to do something in music but I didn’t know what. At one point I thought I might do music therapy, which I’d still like to do, but it’s always been music for me. I’m so lucky that I get to do it every day. Karima Francis mentored you in songwriting and BBC Introducing helped you out in your early days. What have you found most useful to you so far in your career? I think meeting people that I admire along the way has definitely been one of the most helpful things in my learning process. Tat’s what it’s been for me over the past three years of making music, because people expect you to know exactly what you want to do straight away and that’s quite rare. In every other industry you’d do an apprenticeship or go to university and study. In music you are expected to be great from the start. Having peers and people to talk to around me and learn from was my way of doing work experience. I’m really lucky that some of my favourite artists like Bombay Bicycle Club and Lucy Rose have been incredible friends and helped me to figure it all out. How do you start writing a song? It’s really different every time. Te early songs I wrote I didn’t even think about it and that’s the case for a lot of musicians. At the beginning you’re so unaware of what you’re doing and where you want to go and are free of the constraints you get as you along. I used to just sit down at the piano and just play things. Melody is always there for me; always in my head at all times. I’d just play the music on the piano and think of lyrics that would work with the melodies. More recently I’ve been making more electronic music and thinking of the production more, which is a whole new avenue for me. For me your new album Unguarded seems like an album of two halves; one side dancey electronica and the other more just you and piano. I wondered if that was a conscious decision, and where the more electronic side has developed from? It’s interesting you say that. I don’t really


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