Pandemic will not stop Merseyside music

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With live events off limits through the Covid-19 pandemic, many musicians have gone online to showcase their work.

Artists in Liverpool have been taking part in ‘Lockdown FM’, an IGTV series on the Culture Deck Instagram account. It showcases local music and is currently supporting many through lockdown.

Liverpool singer-songwriter, Remée is just one of many musicians in the city who continues to work on new music to release and is determined not to let the global pandemic stop her.

As an up-and-coming artist in Liverpool, it can be difficult to create a unique sound. The city is thriving with indie singers and bands, and more recently has developed a huge base for rap and RnB artists.

Remée admits she’s struggled to put her music firmly into a specific category. You could consider her a free spirit and listening to her music that becomes evident.

Each of Remée’s songs intend to give the listener an experience of some sort, whether that’s specific to the individual or an intended reflection of her own.

From the lyrics to the carefully selected production, her music begins almost tranquil but takes you on an adventure. It throws in a mixture of moods, with the use of electric beats and a somewhat unorthodox melody amplifying that.

Listen to Remée’s unique sound on her most recent track ‘Strange Like Me’ on SpotifyApple Music and YouTube.

New music is on the way from the Liverpool singer, and we can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us.

Robyn Couling caught up with Remée to find out a bit more about the singer-songwriter and her music…

How are you managing as a musician during Covid-19?

“I’ve been using this time to get creative and experiment writing on different styles of beats that different people have sent me and I’ve been planning future projects. I’m just trying to stay positive and hopeful for the future of music. I’m trying not to dwell on the fact we’ve basically been in lockdown for a year or over… Fingers crossed festivals are back soon, I miss them!”

What does it mean to you, to be a musician in Liverpool?

“To me it means you have to work hard for what you want to do, and if you’re not an indie musician you’ve got to stay true to yourself and break the mould.”

How would you describe your music genre?

“I always struggle when I’m asked this question because I don’t like to tie myself to one specific genre, but as of lately I’ve been thinking if there was a genre called futuristic steampunk, I think some of my music would definitely fall under that category. I really like the steampunk fashion and the fact it intertwines with the Victorian era’s almost romantic style with a futuristic technology element. I feel like my music is the same in a metaphorical way, if that make sense.”

Do you take inspiration from other artists/people?

“I take inspiration from the weird and wonderful unconventional artists and people of this world who aren’t afraid to be different.”

What is your focus and aim when writing?

“To express myself and tell a story and I guess almost immerse myself and people into a different world or into my head for a few minutes.”

Where would your dream show be?

“On another planet or in a spaceship but if I’m being realistic maybe any world heritage site, I’d like to feel like I was experiencing something beautiful and memorable while I was performing, like imagine a show near The Iguazu Falls or Yosemite National Park.”

What motivated you to start singing?

“When I was young I watched artists like Aaliyah, Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, Lily Allen, and in the back of my head I guess I always wanted to do it myself, I just didn’t know where to start. When I did start in my early teens I couldn’t see myself doing anything else and my mum and sister have always encouraged me to pursue music ever since I started singing, which has always motivated me to carry on because they believe in me.”

What can we expect from you soon?

“I’m working on a little collection called ‘MTM’ that I’ll be bringing out in the next month or so and it will have four songs that I’ve wrote. I’m very excited to share new music.”

New music will be dropping soon. To be the first to hear, follow Remée on Instagram @thatremeegirl.

About Robyn Couling, JMU Journalism