For our 12th Clapper Sounds Interview, we are highlighting a UK singer and Clapper creator: Effy Dalton!
Effy is an amazing singer from the UK and a beloved member of the Clapper community. She is most known for singing on an popular band called Standing Like Statues. SLS is a crowd favorite band on Clapper. They play rock/emo/pop music and have participated in the latest UK meetup as entertainment. Effy is exploring her own sound and finding her voice through Clapper. Through our interview, we got to know the girl behind the band, and we were pleased to find so much talent and perseverance behind it.
Clapper Sounds is meant to be an intimate musical experience, and we want that mission to translate into our written interviews too. As you read about @EffyStatues, play their music in the background and really get to know this artist’s unique sound.
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Let’s start from the beginning. What is your first memory of being involved with music? How did you start your artist journey?
My first memory of doing anything musical, I must have been two or three years old. I was playing drums from a festival song that I had learned. I’ve been playing instruments ever since.
How would you describe your musical style? Who are your biggest inspirations?
I would describe my musical style as whatever my mood is, to be honest. With my band Standing Like Statues, our style is really branded, we are emo, pop and a mashup of what we grew up with what we want to see in the future. But for me, anything can happen. I enjoy doing it, that’s what matters. I am inspired by people who’s journey are not common. Someone who has always excited me is Kurt Cobain, as well as Alanis Morissette. People you wouldn’t expect.
What is your songwriting process like?
I can genuinely say that every time is different. I start with an idea in my head. Usually, by the time I finish its a different song. That happens in two phases. I have the first phase, in which I make up the concept. Then, I write some lyrics on my phone. I might have come up with a riff and recorded it on my phone. When I’ve done pre-production in the studio, I will jump in the studio again with another producer and I will re-write the song one more time. I keep doing this again and again. I think this is most artists’ process.
What are your thoughts on content creation as an artist? How do you feel about artists having to balance their social media presence and still be committed to their art?
I think that it has slowly changed into what I used to know to what it is now. It’s much harder for artists now than it ever has been. I think it has created a platform where if you have a lot of money, you can go a lot further than someone that doesn’t. If you got the cash to splash, social media is your babe. For the suffering artists, it has killed them. I like that I use it for what I want to use it for, but it also depresses me that other people can’t.
It’s a challenge because you have to put content out there to get back what you want. It’s not about writing a song and putting it out there anymore. Now, you have to create twelve-week strategy before the release of that song.
Do you have any side hustles other than music?
You know, my side hustle is music. Unfortunately, I am a one-trick pony. I write for a couple of websites. Honestly, I do whatever small job comes my way. I am a writer, a producer, I’ve done my studies. Music Therapy I’ve done for over a year. But yeah, music, music and music. I quite enjoy cooking, but that’s a “me” thing.
Deciding to be an artist can have its ups and downs. What advice would you give to that young artist who is just getting into music and whose dream is to be a musician?
It is not the easiest journey. This is what I wished someone had told me. The longer you persevere, you’ll notice things start to change. It’s when you give up that you will never see the opportunities that you are chasing. And just practice. You can’t practice enough. I was that student that didn’t practice and then I saw other people and thought “oh I need to practice”, because they were so good.
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