Minke on "Gold Angel" And Her Upcoming Debut EP
When it comes to making music, most of Minke’s work is found in the balancing act: juggling her instinct for classic guitar riffs and a smoky alto with the best of indie pop, she’s found her sweet spot with a debut track, “Gold Angel”. The single, out just last month, made waves (almost 1 million, to be exact), and her growing fanbase has been at edge-of-seat status as they anxiously await her follow-up debut EP (we’re right there with ’em).
On the heels of the “Gold Angel” release and her final EP preparation, we sat down with Minke to talk new music, artists who aren’t afraid to speak out (CC: Trump), and what’s next for this budding transatlantic artist. Tune into the new track below, then keep reading for our full interview.
Let’s start with your debut single, “Gold Angel”. What has the reception been like so far?
The reception has been overwhelming. I had no idea what to expect. It was the first song that I wrote for this project so it felt like it should be the first one out. And I wrote like the very beginnings of it in Nashville; the first few lines, “all dressed up nowhere to go,” are from when I was doing a few sessions out there and came out to my hotel and was all dressed up and literally had nowhere to go. I just kept coming back to it over the years. I wrote the chorus with Paul [Garred], and was in a place wanting to talk about how frustrated I was with how women are treated in this day and age. The pressures, etcetera, you know? So that was the inspiration for the lyrics. I love Hendrix and all those old guitar guys, but I love Rihanna and Sia too, so it’s getting all that pop music and guitar music merged.
How has it been working with Paul Garred and Rory Andrew?
Incredible. I’ve known Paul since I was 18, so it’s like a real safe space with him. Rory, we’ve been working together since about a year and half ago. It was a weird thing; I wasn’t really expecting anything, had just gone in for the day, and kind of came out two years later—it was an immediate connection with him. He just got it. It’s always the most fun collaborating with people like that.
Do you prefer collaborating with people to working solo?
Yeah, I mean, it can get to quite a scary lonely place, if you do it too long by yourself. You have to do that, but I want to have a happy life and not get too dark. It’s more fun and good vibes.
Totally. Can you talk about your upcoming EP?
We recorded it last year with Rory in New York, in the loveliest little studio. And we wrote the songs together, it was just the most fun…I don’t know how to describe it, really. One of the songs on the EP has just been recorded by an American pop star, so now the track listing is up in the air, but that shit might not land, it’s hit and miss with that stuff, but it’s all my influences in one place, with as much guitar as I can fit in one place.
You talk a lot about balancing your pop music with guitar-heavy influences that you love. Is that a constant theme in your music?
I love both sides of it so much that it was inevitable that they would collide at some point anyway. It feels natural to me I guess—maybe to some other people it’s weird—playing the electric guitar. It’s one of my biggest forms of expression, and now it’s such a big part of how I write and make music. I’m always trying to straddle the balance. If it sounds like Robyn and Hendrix had a baby, that’s ideal! But I’ll definitely go to weird places in between.
You mentioned that you wrote from a place of frustration in terms of how women are treated in this day and age. What kind of role do you think artists like yourself play in the larger political conversation?
Inevitably it’s going to make its way into the music, because it’s hard to shrug off I guess. I’ve not always been that political or anything. The day and age we live in—it’s seemingly horrific—it’s impossible to not talk about it. Everyone thinks differently, and I don’t want to be that person that is so opinionated, but it’s trying to find a reconciliation for this weird divide. When it comes to women’s rights, it’s a part of everything, and I’m not going to specifically talk about it all the time, but one of the songs on the EP is definitely focused on that. One of the lines is, “hold your own,”—be honest, be real. It’s a message of togetherness.
Definitely really needed right now!
Yeah! You can’t not talk about it, in my eyes. We’ve got to talk about these things.
So you’re posted up in LA right now—what are you working on?
Recording, for the second EP and beyond. We’ve got to find a new song since that pop star took one! [laughs] The priority is new music. Rory is one of my favorite people to work with; it’s always very fruitful with him.
Any dream collaborations or dream projects?
I think it’s a bit early for that! Is it wrong to just say Beyonce? I’m also obsessed with this guy Francis and the Lights. I don’t know. I think Sia is amazing. Her career path, she’s so talented, and her voice is crazy. The grit that she sings with, it’s just one of a kind for me. But they’re big dreams! It’s early days.
What’s in the pipeline for the rest of 2017?
It’s quite simple to me—I wanna keep releasing tunes, working hard, build a fanbase, and we’ve got some cool live stuff coming later in the year, so I can’t wait for that. Playing live is my favorite. And I’ll be working on an album soon, hopefully. That’s my real goal.
And what about more long term?
I hope I’m happy. That’s life goals! And if music was my full time job and it paid my rent and I got to see some of the world because of it, that would be amazing.
Featured image courtesy of Minke
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