Newcomer Singer-Songwriter, RACHEL PLATTEN Shares Details On Her Single, “Fight Song” and Much More!
Posted On 12 May 2015
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Rachel Platten is very quickly becoming a household name with her hit single, “Fight Song”. She recently wrapped a tour with Andy Grammer and Alex & Sierra.
Today, she released her EP, titled “Fight Song EP” via Columbia Records! Between promoting the EP and touring, Rachel took a few moments to chat with All Access about it all! Enjoy!
Thanks for taking the time for this interview! I just saw you last week at House Of Blues and was really impressed by your incredible voice and laid-back stage presence. It seemed like you’d been doing it forever. If you could sum up the tour with Andy Grammer in just a few words, what would they be?
Exhilarating, Learning curve, pranks, family!
So, can you remember the moment that you decided to be a singer? Was your family supportive of this career?
Yes 🙂 I was 19, living in Trinidad and had just played my first concert with a band (as a backing singer in front of 80,000 people!)….it felt like lightning struck me and I knew I was in exactly the right place at the right time and that from then on I would devote my life to music.
If you weren’t a performer today, what else could you see yourself doing?
Maybe I’d be a therapist…I sincerely love helping people, listening and connecting and helping people discover insight into their lives and remember to have hope and feel love. I also love bringing people together – so maybe it would be something to do with community organizing or international relations.
I was going through a very hard time of self doubt and I needed the reminder – that I wasn’t going to give up on myself, no matter what. “Fight song” was a declaration I made, that I would keep going, and keep trying to make this career happen. Because I still did, against all odds, believe in myself.
What musicians have consistently inspired you and your music?
Robyn, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Arcade Fire, Beethoven, Regina Spektor, Eva Cassidy, Tori Amos, Paul Simon
Who would be your dream duet partner?
Mark Ronson – I’ve been wanting to work with him since I first heard his “Back in Black” album and Lily Allen’s first album – and his last two solo albums are just incredibly inspired.
You seem quite fashion savy. Where do you get your fashion cues from? How would you describe your personal style?
Oh man, thank you! I don’t know about that… I have so much help and so many far more fashionably savvy friends who clue me in 🙂 but I describe it my style as tour bus chic. Leather jacket, deconstructed pieces, vintage t shirts, motorcycle boots, and pretty little simple dresses are my go-to’s – anything that can travel well and not be too precious cause I’m quite tough on my stuff and I travel so much!
You’ve had a ton of songs on TV shows like Pretty Little Liars, Jane By Design and more. What’s it been like to watch your career grow?
Absolutely amazing. Before the past three months, it was often painfully slow and hard, but lately (and I’m borrowing this phrase from my good friend Andy Grammer), I feel like I’m wearing a jet pack. Everything is happening so fast and so naturally! It’s been so amazing!
What’s been the most surprising thing to you about the music industry?
That hard work truly does matter and pay off. That there are no rules you can’t break. That talent though important, really doesn’t get you there – what matters is how hard and how smart you work.
Do you have pre-performance rituals?
Yes, if it’s a very important show, I like to do this little pre-game meditation I listen to onyogaglo.com by David Harshada Wagner. I love all of his guided meditations, but this one is perfect for visualizing exactly how you want the show to go, every move, every note. Then, I try to just giggle and relax and have fun so I remember not to take any of it tooooo seriously. It’s just music after all! 🙂
When can fans expect your forthcoming album and how will the music be similar or different to what we have already heard from you?
Well, my EP was just released today but the album will follow soon after. Fans can expect the same raw honest emotions and anthemic drums and big choruses! And more of my story, painted and woven throughout my lyrics. I can not wait to show you guys what I have next :))))
To purchase Rachel’s music, visit iTunes or Spotify and both those links are here: iTunes- http://smarturl.it/FightSongEP