(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #131: Rachel K Collier

By on Wednesday, 7th March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Jamie C. Panton

Welsh electronic dance musician and producer Rachel K Collier will make her maiden voyage to Austin for SXSW 2018 later this month, and her latest single ‘Darkshade’ will drop on the 16th of March, right in the midst of all the action. Collier has shared her excitement about the trip–where else?–on her YouTube channel. The video below provides a sneak peek at her live setup, and her lively answers to our Quickfire Questions reveal some interesting details about Collier’s musical background and her expectations for SXSW. Watch and read to find out more . . .

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Energetic, Percussive, Emotive.

Is this your first time at SXSW? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Yes, it is my first time at SXSW. I am beyond excited–I imagine it to be this whole buzzing city with hundreds of shows going on at the same time, a super positive and an inspiring place to be! I am also really looking forward to playing my music in the U.S. for the first time, and I want to try and get stuck in with the Austin lifestyle and culture as much as possible.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
Pale Waves, as they are playing after me on the BBC Introducing stage at the British Music Embassy [on Tuesday the 13th of March]. They have a powerful presence and have definitely intrigued me, so can’t wait to see their show! [We at TGTF are intrigued too; you can read our Bands to Watch feature on Pale Waves back here. -CC]

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Staying with Austin locals, seeing the city and drinking a cider in the sun whilst listening to some new music!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
My bass synth, haha, as I already have too much baggage and a sh*t load of clothes (plus dry shampoo).

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Jack Daniels and Coke!

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My mum playing Beethoven on piano.

What was your favourite song as a child?
As a child, from my Dad’s collection, ‘Do You Love Me’ by The Contours and also Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Wanna Be With You’. As a teenager, Michael Jackson, ‘Bad’. When [my dad] started playing Westlife, I resigned from listening to anymore Dad music.

What song always makes you laugh?
Everything Everything – ‘No Reptiles’, lyrics “Like a fat child in a push chair, old enough to run”.

What song always makes you cry?
‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. Reminds me very much of someone I miss.

What song reminds you of a specific memory? (For example, the first time you fell in love, the first concert you ever attended, etc. It’s up to you if you want this to be nice or naughty!)
Getting into my first night club (very underage with hand-made fake IDs), we walked in and they were playing that Daft Punk song ‘One More Time’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ – the lyrics in this song!!!!!!!

Who is your favourite artist? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer, or an actor, visual artist, etc.)
Hot Chip!!!!! The sound design in their tracks is unbeatable.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Teaching languages in another country, I love languages.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Michael Jackson – ‘Bad’.

Collier plans to take a quick southern detour to Mexico after her stop in Austin, perhaps for a necessary bit of R&R.  Her upcoming work projects include a new Ableton live performance for her YouTube channel and another trip abroad, this time to teach Ableton production to girls in India. Also in the works is a You Tube collaboration with producer Andrew Huang, which she describes as four producers taking the same song and each creating their own version by cutting and remixing. That project is scheduled for release this spring.

Thank you to Max for his assistance with this q&a feature. As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Rachel K Collier’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

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