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Electro-pop musician Aylee is the latest exciting new artist to come out of the Scottish highlands, she releases her debut single ‘Bad Habit’ today – and what a debut it is! Boasting infectious melodies, dreamy vocals, hard hitting lyrics and a drop so good you’ll have it stuck in your head for days; Aylee is set for huge things this year!

GIGsoup’s Tara Atkinson had the pleasure of chatting with the 22 year old to hear more about the new single. 

How does it feel to be releasing your debut single ‘Bad Habit’?

I am both unbelievably excited and equally terrified to be releasing ‘Bad Habit’. This single and the other tracks I have written have been about 3 years in the making and are the songs I am most proud of.

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the song?

I wrote ‘Bad Habit’ after a pretty nasty break-up. The concept for track kind of just came to me after a night out in Glasgow when I ended up wandering aimlessly, not sure what to do with myself which is how the first line “It’s 2am, not sure how I got here again, I’m nowhere looking for you” came about. I wanted the track to be relatable, feeling helpless and kicking that feeling like it’s a ‘bad habit’ is really tough, but it’s something everyone’s bound to go through at some stage in their life.

You wrote and produced this track, what’s your process during these stages?

For me writing and producing music go hand in hand. Sometimes I can sit-down with my keyboard or acoustic guitar and write a full song and other times I’ll come up with a loop based around a catchy bass-line, or some cool keys and the track will come to me piece by piece.

Tell us a little bit about your backstory into music, who are your main influences?

Since I can remember I have been into music, it’s the only thing I could ever imagine myself doing. I started playing the guitar when I was in primary 6, my dad taught me a few basic chords and from there I taught myself covers of some of my favourite artists. By the time I was about 14 I was setting up my own gigs in my local village and would go busking to save up money for equipment. Eventually I managed to buy my first piece of recording equipment for my laptop, which is when I really got into the production side of making music. I’ve been really lucky to have been a part of some unbelievable music programmes which have shaped me massively as a musician. I took part in ‘Hit the Road’ where I got to experience a small tour with two other acts who were just starting out. We got to go on a mini tour and headline our own hometown show. When I think of my backstory I consider that tour and the advice I received as a huge part of why I stuck to doing what I love most and will be forever grateful for the experience.

My influences change almost every day, I will always love Snow Patrol. Their album ‘The Final Straw’ and getting to see them live when I was about 12 is the reason I got into writing my own music. As any of my close friends will tell you, Ellie Goulding is another huge influence to me. I remember hearing ‘Under the Sheets’ and finally understanding that pop doesn’t need to be looked at as being ‘uncool’, you could write about love and have upbeat, catchy pop music without having to be cheesy. I’m currently obsessed with Lorde, her new track ‘Green Light’ is unbelievable. I guess the only other main influence in my music career would be my family. I’ve been very lucky growing up to have such supportive parents, if I hadn’t started play traditional music on the fiddle at the age of five, or picked up the guitar at 10 I may have never became so infatuated with playing or performing music. Along with my parents my brother and sisters are always there to cheer me on or help however they can. This drives me to keep going and not give up, which in this industry is easy to do. 

Will you be doing any live shows or festivals this year?

Definitely! I can’t wait to get out and gig as much as possible! I used to dread singing live, but now I have material that I genuinely love I can’t wait to get out and play them live. I can’t give anything away yet, but I am very excited to get back gigging. 

The Scottish music scene is buzzing right now, who’s on your list to look out for?

That is so true! I count myself incredibly lucky to get to be a part of the Scottish music scene. Their are literally so many acts, but a few I’m loving at the moment are Acrylic, Ali Robertson, The Ninth Wave, Fatherson and Prides. They’re all releasing amazing music.

What can we expect from you over the next few months?

Over the next few months I’m looking forward to get out gigging again, I’ve got a few more things ready to release too. I wish I could give more away, but all I can say is I’ll have more music out soon-ish, and have a couple other things I’m working on…Sorry to be so mysterious haha.

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