ASBO Meets: Tiggi Hawke
ASBO Meets: Tiggi Hawke
Tiggi Hawke is an artist that has been building her career for a couple of years now. Since the release of her first EP Burn Notice in 2016, she has continued to develop and grow what we can describe as her colourful pop sound. After releasing a number of tracks last year include a collab with Mike Mago. Tiggi is back in 2018 continuing her trail of music. Now she is here with her latest track 'Remedy' with Cowens Brothers. We chatted to Tiggi about everything to do with music, the single and much more.
ASBO: How did you first get started in a musical?
Almost by accident! I started writing music when I was about 15 and my mentor was (and still is!) the main reason I decided to actually pursue music as a career. That said, I kept putting it off because I didn’t think I was ready, although she kept encouraging me that I was, and I didn’t start writing for myself properly until about 2 years ago when I released Neon Dancer which, for me, was the beginning of my artist career. Since then I’ve released other singles including Dangerous Behaviour, Me Too and Remedy… And here’s to way more on the way!
ASBO: Who were your musical influences?
I have an extremely eclectic taste in music which I think influences my writing. I listen to genres from electro to rock to grime and back again but one of my all time favourites is Johnny Cash. I listened to him a lot when I was younger and I always try and emulate his story-telling abilities, he manages to get a whole story into a song and leaves nothing out but is perfectly fitted into the song. Talk about genius
ASBO: Is music something you have always wanted to do or did you fall into it?
It’s super weird looking back because I never planned to make music my profession. It didn’t seem like a viable career option and I didn’t study music. It’s always been a childhood dream though, the little Tiggi would honestly have a hard time believing that it’s actually happening! My family and friends have been unbelievably supportive, I can credit so much of my career to date to their love and support, hands down wouldn’t be here without them (love you guys!)
ASBO: What is your creative process when it comes to making music?
To be honest, it varies so much, there’s no regular day. I love writing with other top-liners and producers so it’s automatically more creative for me when I’m not stuck in my own head wondering how to phrase something. It’s a lot more fun to be stuck on the last line of a song with someone you love working with than staring at your notepad in silence!! But that notepad comes everywhere with me, I write little bits down in it whenever they pop up in my head because I know I won’t remember it and then when I get to the studio, I can look over what I’ve written and started from there.
ASBO: You have released a number of songs over the past year, what is it like whenever you release new music?
I love it but I still get nervous every single time… To me though, the day I’m not nervous is the day I need to sit down and have a look at what I’m doing. I get nervous because I’ve put my heart and soul into what I’m releasing and I know how many people have had a hand in it, I want to do them justice as well.
ASBO: You have collaborated with a number of different artists so far, who are some people you would like to work with?
Hands down, it’d have to be Ryan Tedder. I can’t even imagine it, but the little I can imagine would be a star-struck, awkward moment (courtesy of me) hopefully followed by Ryan just being the musical genius that he is. I’ll give or take part 1 but I’m such a fan, I don’t think I could help myself!
ASBO: What can you tell us about your latest song Remedy?
I wanted to write a song with an emotional vein even though the track is very electronic so after talking about it, we finally decided on Remedy because to us, it’s about being there for someone or someone being there for you, even if you think you don’t need it. It’s something that I think a lot of people can relate to, from either side of the story, needing help or wanting to give help, and its the reassurance that together we can make everything ok and it can get better. It’s any kind of relationship as well, it’s very uplifting, kind of a showing someone the light at the end of the tunnel vibe.
ASBO: What was the process of making that song?
I was sent the instrumental track from Cowens Brothers while I was writing in LA and out of the blue, I got to work with the amazing writer/singer, Polina, which was so much fun. After a bit of internet tennis, it was all done and the track was ready! Until I went to Belgium to film the video with Cowens Brothers we actually had never met but they are 2 of the nicest producer/DJ’s I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with so it was a smooth and really fun process!
ASBO: With the music, you put out, what is one thing you want people to get out when they listen to it?
The most important thing for me is that people can relate to the songs. My inspiration comes from my own life and people very close to me but I always try and write my songs with a bit of ambiguity so that when someone hears it they can find their own connection with it.
ASBO: What is one thing you have learnt about yourself since you started in music?
I’ve learnt that I’m a lot stronger than I thought! When I started in the industry, the best advice I was given was along the lines of, ‘I hope you like roller coasters, cos this is the craziest one there is’ and they were not wrong. I’ve had the best support team around me that I could ever ask for which has been invaluable and they’ve helped me realise that I can have more confidence in myself and push the boundaries.
ASBO: What do you think makes you stand out as an artist?
I think every artist has their own unique way of telling a story, mine is quite honest and unifying (whenever I can!) but I’ll never gloss over the bad bits of life either. I play around a lot within my sound so I’m always trying something new and I’m pretty easy to spot with my white hair!
ASBO: What can we expect from you next?
More music! I can’t wait to share it with you, I have sneakily played some of them before in gigs (shh!) and I’m so excited to have them all lined up. I’ll be gigging in London in October so come on down! I always post about gigs on my Instagram so watch that space and I’ll see you there!