London based singer-songwriter Actrese has swiftly caught the attention of music lovers & critics alike through her uniquely character-filled alt-pop musical style & strikingly ear-catching vocals.
Actrese is now set to wow audiences once again with the brand new single “Cosmo” & has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest release. Check out what she had to say below.
Hey Actrese, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Actrese: Hi! The pleasure is all mine! I’m a singer/songwriter based in London. I love music for the ability to bring people together, we need more of that. If I can contribute to that even the slightest, it’s the best feeling ever.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Actrese: Since I can remember I liked to be around instruments, watching people play. Very early on it would have been my mum and dad playing the guitar, I was fascinated. We had quite a lot of records at home and these huge speakers. It was my favourite thing to put the records on, loud, and dance.
Have you always known that a career within the music industry was something that you wanted to pursue?
Actrese: I would always want to perform at school plays etc, however, I have been let down a few times by some people quite harshly. After going through a bit of a rough patch, I discovered Bastille. Their music triggered something in me that allowed me to think I could be writing songs as well. The process really helped me organize my thoughts and my emotions; I realized it helped so much because I was realizing what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My true passion, my true calling.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Actrese: It definitely leans a bit more pop now than it did before. I still like to experiment and bring lots of different elements to my songs. COSMO is a start to a bigger project that definitely will be dancier than anything I’ve done before. That’s always backed up with honest lyrics, I value integrity and honesty above all.
You are about to release the brand new single “Cosmo” on February 5th. How did the idea to create this single come together?
Actrese: The idea for the song was conceived last spring while listening a lot to Jamie xx, The Weeknd and Dua Lipa. I had written the lyrics quite a while before then but finally started making all the arrangements right around the time the first lockdown started which had me rethink everything all over again. I ended up recording a little demo myself first and then pitching it to various producers to start working on it and have it ready to record when it was possible in the UK again.
What would you consider to be the main inspiration behind this song?
Actrese: As for lyrics, I was inspired by the moment right when you’re coming out of a relationship and something new is on a horizon and you can’t help but compare these two people. When because of the baggage you’re carrying, you’re just bound to fail at something new. That brings me to the music, I wanted it to embody the contrast of this ‘dark disco’ vibe, this ‘dancing through tears’ vibe.
What does the song personally mean to you?
Actrese: It represents unfinished business, having something to say while feeling trapped in your mind, room and insecurities; it will make you pour a Cosmo into a glass and dance your blues away! COSMO is about doing your best and being served bitter reality, still loving someone and thinking you might actually love someone else again, the contrast between what you get and what you thought you deserved.
If listeners could take anything away from this song, what would you like it to be?
Actrese: Things don’t always go the way you’d want them to, but the decision to dance is always yours!
What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Actrese: Well, this past year, it’s been all about the little things. Long walks are truly priceless! I do however love watching movies, doing makeup and a tasty glass of wine… or a Cosmo!
If you perform a duet with anyone on the planet, who would you choose & why?
Actrese: Harry Styles, I’d like to TRY to outshine his outfit!
What advice would you offer to someone looking to pursue a career within the music industry?
Actrese: To focus on the positives, ALWAYS listen to your gut and be mindful of who to trust.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Actrese: It genuinely means the world to me you’ve given this interview your precious time and hopefully it made you relate to my song a bit more (If you fancy a listen of course!).
You can check out “Cosmo” on Spotify below.
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