Excitingly talented, multi-platinum selling songwriter Fiona Bevan, talks about her new EP – ‘Wild Angels Sweet Demons’, which is out now.
At what age did you realise you wanted to be an artist/song writer?
I started composing on the piano when I was very young – I was maybe 5 or 6 when I strung some chords together that sounded like they belonged in a sequence. I just remember lightbulbs going off in my head as if I was an explorer discovering new territory… I started writing songs when I was about thirteen – I had no idea what I was doing, but I just did it anyway. To live this life where I write and tour and release music is beyond all my wildest dreams!
Can you remember the first song you wrote?
The first one that really felt finished was called ‘Invisible’ and I performed it with my sister and a friend in a school talent show. I think the words were pretty teenage but it wasn’t actually too bad! I’m not sure any footage survives though…
What inspires your song writing?
Listening to a really wide range of music, watching films, experiencing art, and mostly really really trying to live and be open to new experiences and opportunities.
How would you describe your sound?
The colourful artiness of Kate Bush, the obsession with storytelling from a fresh angle of Joni Mitchell, the sex of Jimi Hendrix, the fervent worshipping of the world and the way life is of Björk at the top of a mountain before anyone else is awake. Sometimes it’s quite catchy and poppy but the roots of it are organic, folky, dreamy and psychedelic.
Tell us about the new EP?
It’s four songs full of feeling and communication, recorded in a real way, capturing all the imperfections of that moment in time. I feel as if I’ve created my own religion – a blinding explosion of light and colour to believe in, out of the belly of a dark strange world.
Do you have a favourite track?
It’s hard to choose between your children, but maybe my favourite is ‘Sweet Demons’ – it’s the last song I wrote for the EP, so I knew what flavour I needed in order to fill the gap. It’s fun and naughty but also deeply emotional and passionate. I feel as if my songwriting has really grown up.
You write a lot for other artists, tell us how that process works?
Sometimes it’s strange writing with people you’ve never met and having to quite quickly find common ground and dive into something really emotional, but it’s also one of the most wonderful things in the world, and you never know what’s going to happen until you try. At the end of the day, you’ve created something new which didn’t exist that morning, and that’s a really exciting and addictive feeling.
Is it hard to find the time for your own music?
It can be hard to get the balance right, which is why I haven’t release much of my own music over the last three years. But I think these things work in cycles, and right now I’ve got all these songs inside getting ready to be born, and there’s no way you can stop that from happening. I’m still co-writing lots but I’m squeezing my own music into every spare moment!
Where are you based right now? Have you had the chance to travel much this year?
I’m based in London at the moment, though I work in Los Angeles a lot, and I’ve also been working in Norway a lot, collaborating with incredible Aurora. Sometimes I forget where I live, especially as I’ve just toured the UK with The Wandering Hearts – I love that feeling when you wake up in the morning and for a strange moment you have no idea where you are…
What have been your highlights for 2018?
Getting to work with extraordinary artists like Aurora, Tom Walker, Backstreet Boys and Lewis Capaldi has been so exciting and musically stimulating… And releasing my own new EP and touring it has just been amazing, getting back out there, laying my songs on the line, and connecting and communicating with audiences again has been really vital and inspiring.
And can we expect more music from you in 2019?
Yes! Watch this space! It’s taking shape and I can’t wait to bring you all more new music in the new year!