University, song writing and captain hindsight? Tom and Chenai take a seat with the fabulously talented Tiggie Hawke to discuss more.
After casually dropping out from her chemistry degree at university, but not to the dismay of her parents, Tiggie Hawke knew what she wanted to do with her life; make music and her family unit was nothing but encouraging for her.
‘I think my parents knew before me! I liked University, I enjoyed it, but some aspects weren’t for me. I knew at that point what I wanted to do at this point and I thought, well I can always go back to university later.’
Jumping from Chemistry to full time music is a somewhat giant leap, but nothing could stand in Hawkes way.
‘I like having the two strands to my life, I like having something that I could go back to. Music is very subjective, you might like it but you might hate it and vice versa, but with chemistry it’s like is that number, right? No well you’re wrong. And I was always wrong’
‘My parents knew that wanted to pursuit music more than I did. They saw it coming but they were like we just want you to do your GCSE’s and A level’s then do what you like, but I actually ended up going to university anyway. My dad was like ‘I don’t know why you did’, so thanks for the heads-up man, thank you Captain Hindsight!
‘But it actually worked out quite well for me because I learnt a lot at university and I think people are quite awkward, you don’t really know who anybody is, you don’t know how to express yourself at all and for the first year hopefully that was something that I got the hag off. It was a rocky start though, I am an awkward person.
‘It’s a great learning curve in more ways than one. I don’t regret it but I wished that I had figured out what I wanted sooner.’
Surprisingly, Tiggie Hawke began her singing career in the classical genre having been trained to sing classically, but with the rock influence from her mother and American classics from her dad, Tiggie embarked on her own musical journey where she found the likes of Johnny Cash.
‘I still listen to a lot of Johnny Cash, his story telling I think is amazing, he tells a story in 3 minuets! He has been a huge influence in my songwriting, I am learning how to write concise but how to still keep it ambiguous enough for people to relate too’
And when it comes to writing her own songs, Tiggie is just raw and honest.
‘For my latest song (dangerous behavior) I wrote the top line, the melody, in London with a couple of people. The song came together really fast and I am not saying that’s how it always happens because trust me, it is not. Sometimes it can take a couple of sessions for a song to come together and that doesn’t mean anything. Some people say well if it happens this way it’s going to be a hit and it’s like, I’ve written a load of crap in a couple of hours and that’s not what I look for anyway.
‘So, we just a really good time we wrote the hook of the song in about 10 minuets and we were like cool, let’s build around this and then it kind of rested for a bit. I like to leave things and then come back to it because I want to put something real in. I’ll just be like ‘I’ll put that in for now but I know there is a better way to say that’ so I’ll come back to it the next day change it and be like ‘well of course it’s that, why did I spend x number of hours staring at the same line’ and that happens a lot, especially when it comes to the last line!’