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In conversation with Pip Millett

Storytelling, soul and a side of pure calm… 

A bright name, and a bright soul, Pip Millett has shot onto our radar as she breaks out the R&B(/ Soul) we are all after these lazy afternoons. Manchester-born Pip doesn’t let that legacy pressure her, creating a whole ass vibe of her own and simply owning it. With previously released tracks like ‘Heavenly Mother’ and ‘Make Me Cry’, we really could not pass up an opportunity to cosy on in with the artist and pick her brains when it comes to artistic choices, growth and the meaning behind her (sometimes) oxymoronic musical battles. At just 22, we see big things for Pip, and cant wait to have you join us on the ride!

Hey Pip! How are you doing today?

 I’m well thank you!

 Thank you for talking with us, it’s been a super crazy time recently; how are you holding up?

 I’m not doing to bad, I’m a bit more fidgety now we’re in September and still trying to figure out the new normal. It has been a very very kooky time and there’s been a lot of time to think about a lot of the injustices in the world, which is good but also pretty overwhelming.

 …And amongst it, all your new single has dropped!? What’s a ‘pandemic’ release like these days?

 It’s very similar to a non-pandemic release, to be honest!

 “Stupid People” is so beautiful but oxymoronic in a way; super chill musically, however, the story behind the song feels super heavy! Where does this come from?

 I think I’ve always loved that kind of chilled vibe with heavier lyrics. I think maybe it’s because I write my lyrics once I’m past whatever situation it was that I was in, so perhaps naturally I’m drawn to that calmer sound because my head is clear and calm about the situation now?



Is there a specific story/ message which inspired the single?

 The story is essentially a longing for a relationship that didn’t work and later realising it was stupid to have wanted it in the first place. It’s not exact to my own experience, but I’ve gathered up all the feeling expressed in the song from various situations in my past and put them all together to create this story.

 Being a fellow manchester-gal; how has the scene there influenced your sound? 

I’ve loved Children of Zeus for years now but that’s the only real Mancunian music I was listening to until maybe a couple of years ago. The guitar side of me has been influenced by the indie music of Manchester but I’m not sure that was by choice hahaha 

 And how does the Manchester scene differ to the London scene?

 The London scene, until recently, had more people shouting about it than Manchester did, but that seems to be changing. I think it’s easier to differentiate between those who want to be creative and those who want fame in Manchester.

 Art in all of its forms is vital right now; what do you hope the audience to take from your music?

 I hope they’ll find comfort in my words. Although they can be heavy, there’s always that slight feeling of relief when you feel like someone can relate to the heavy feeling you have.

Who have you been listening to recently?

 I’ve been listening to Jordan Ward at lot as well as Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Deante’ Hitchcock. They’re all amazing!

 Thank you so much for talking with me today; any final words of wisdom to the people reading?

 Be kind.

‘Lost In June’ vinyl available now ?

More from Pip Millett here

Words by Grace Powell