While many may be familiar with the Brit Awards, Grammys and EMA’s there is a huge pool of talent that currently sits outside of the aforementioned nomination demographic.

The Unsigned Music Awards started in 2015 and casts it’s beam away from well known chart-toppers and firmly in the direction of unsigned artists. At GIGsoup we’ve always made a point of giving our readership an insight into the latest and greatest music from unsigned artists and it’s with this in mind that we’ve decided to talk to a few of the acts up for nomination at this years awards ceremony.

Today we’re concentrating on the ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ category and nominee Rothwell. The young British singer-songwriter from Bristol recently followed her debut EP release last year,  with the Two EP. 

Championed by Mahogany as one of their Introducing Artists, last year, Rothwell supported Macy Gray on her UK tour and performed at Barn on The Farm festival amongst others during the Summer. Her first headline show at The Islington was a sell out. She has collaborated with producer duo Toyboy and Robin (Atlantic Records) and featured on their EP with an original track, Losing My Love, hailed by Digital Spy as one of their top 10 tracks you have to hear…

How does it feel to be nominated?

It feels great, i think its awesome that the unsigned community are being given a platform and opportunity to showcase what we can do. The fact that i’ve been put up for two awards is madness and makes me feel like people are starting to hear what I’m all about.

Tell us about you?

I’m pretty fun. A little bit sassy at times… haha! I originate from Bristol and have been working for the last couple of years on my music writing lots by myself and with other people which has been cool and means I’ve had the chance to meet some really great people.

Describe your style? What are you influences?

I try and take influences from everywhere, i grew up listening to lots of cool music like Nina Simone, Suzanna Vega and then through my own discovering, the spice girls and steps…of course. 

I’m always trying to develop my style but id say its very much Pop with influences coming from lots of songwriters and story tellers.

Do you prefer playing solo or in a band?

I love doing both, it completely depends on the type of gig as well, if its a small chilled out event     then its great to get the opportunity to strip back to what I started out as. But then if its a slightly bigger gig its always fun to have my band with me, they’re like my partners in crime.

Top three solo female artists of all time?

Easy; Julie London, Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Winehouse

Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally

Diamonds on the Soles of her shoes by Paul Simon has always been my favourite song of all time. Whenever I hear it, not matter what, it puts a smile of my face. To be fair that entire Graceland Album is sick, I love LadySmith Black Mambazo and lots of South African influenced music.

There has been a huge increase in record sales by solo female artists over the past 3 years. Why do you feel this is?

I think thats great, the empowerment of women has been such a huge part of recent media with strong female influencers that aren’t ashamed to speak out about the issues we face.

Who would you nominate your category?

Brother and Bones, Omaha is my Jam!!!

What can we expect in the future?

Lots! i’m currently working on lots of new music and will be releasing stuff in the new year. I’ve also been working along side some really cool producers doing features and co-writes so hopefully those will be coming out in the near future too!

If you could be playing anywhere in the world in 12 months time, where would it be?

Well, I’ve actually just been asked to support Paul Simon at the Royal Albert Hall in November which is crazy! But that would probably been up there as one of my top paces to play, but other than that i guess it would have to be somewhere like Madison Square Gardens or Wembley!…Oh and the Pyramid Stage at GlastoUnsigned Music Awards

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