London upstart Girli is making a name for herself as one of the most exciting pop newcomers in a generation. Her empowering lyrics cover everything from feminism to anti-bullying, while her music combines hip-hop and grime elements with sugary pop, punk, and rock. As she launches her new EP ‘Hot Mess’, read this Q&A with the woman herself about the wonderful world of Girli.
WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
I think there’s too much pressure on getting immediate money and success, which means that the level of love and passion put into a lot of music that comes out these days and is on the radio is so low. A lot of the industry is just a machine, a quick hype-making scheme rather than being full of people passionate about sick/new/ weird/groundbreaking music. The gender imbalance in music is also something that needs to change. Too many men making decisions about women’s careers.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO WRITE ABOUT EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER INEQUALITY?
Personal experience. If something happens to me that’s bollocks and it’s because of my gender, I need to write about it or else I’ll explode. I think it’s important as a female artist to spread the message to younger fans and other women that speaking about injustice is important and right.
DO YOU THINK OTHER ARTISTS SHOULD ADDRESS SOCIAL ISSUES MORE?
Yes I do, but not necessarily in their music. I think whatever music and topic someone wants to write about is totally and utterly up to them. However, I think what that person speaks up about is important. I think people have a social responsibility to use the influence that they gained from their music to spread good and fight bullshit.
HOW DID YOU FIND TOURING WITH DECLAN MCKENNA EARLIER THIS YEAR?
It was so epic. Declan and his whole band are legends, such sweet and fun people. There was a lot of partying; I don’t know if I’ve ever drunk that much alcohol in such a short amount of time, and my liver hated me afterwards! But the shows were sick and his fans were awesome to us.
WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM YOU NEXT?
My first UK headline tour is in November, tickets are on sale now! And I’m writing loads of new music…
Hot Mess EP is out now.
Photo Bree Hart