Rachelle Fisher Interview
Rachelle Fisher Interview – Live & Love Music
Rachelle discusses her debut single release ‘If Only’, the Spanish music industry and supporting Lemar…
Hi Rachelle, so how did you first get into music?
Well my earliest memory was when I was around 3 years old. I would watch my older sister, who is an incredible singer, rehearse everyday after school and in my head I would say to myself I want to do that someday. I started singing around this age too. When I was 16, I remember making a conscious decision, after performing in a school talent show, that I was going to pursue music as my career and so I started by buying ‘The Stage’ newspaper every week and applying for any singer audition that I could find. I soon got scouted and was later managed by a lady who put together lots of girl bands including Misteeq. This gave me my first taste of the music industry.
You released your first single ‘If Only’ on 24th July. Tell us a bit about that.
Sure, well in terms of sound I would describe it as inspirational House. It will make you want to dance, which is of my favourite things in the world to do. It tells the story of a person who leaves everything in search of ‘the good life’. They look for love and acceptance in all of the wrong places, only to find that the grass is never greener on the other side. It’s something that I feel a lot of us can relate to. We have all been there in one-way or another. It is a very uplifting track I wrote in Marbella. A London based producer called J.AR.J produced it. So far, it’s been picked up by DJs in America, Spain, Sweden, Greece and other places, which is very exciting to see.
Wow, well done! You recently supported Lemar. How did that go?
It’s crazy when you stand on the same stage as someone whose music you admired growing up. It was an awesome experience. Lemar has the most amazing voice and he and his team have been in the music industry for a very long time, so I went in wanting to learn as much as possible. I watched him throughout his soundcheck to see how he and his team operate. I really enjoyed my time on stage – the audience was incredible. It was one of those nights that I will remember for a very long time.
You’re from London, but currently living in Marbella. Do you gig more over here in the UK or in Spain?
I am based in Spain so this is where the majority of my gigs take place, although I do gig in London too, but I am seeking to expand to other places in Europe and beyond, because the world is a very big place. There are audiences who love music, literally everywhere, which is an awesome fact!
How does the Spanish music industry differ to the UK’s?
For me it’s the little things, for example I have found networking in the UK to be more straightforward. If you want to meet someone in A&R for instance, you might go to a music industry networking event like at Notting Hill Music or Google ‘A&R London’ and pick up a phone.
In Marbella, there is no music scene per say, so you have to make much more of an effort to meet and collaborate with other people who work in music. But on the flip side, in Spain there are not as many people doing what I am doing and so I definitely feel like I am able to bring something different to the table, and as a result I have had some incredible experiences on stage, that I probably wouldn’t have had in London. However, I think that wherever you find yourself you just have to make the most of what you have and that’s what I always try to do.
How would you describe your sound?
I know that the music experts say be specific, but honestly my music reflects the different layers of my personality. There is a very playful and optimistic side to me that you see expressed in the beat-centric House feel of ‘If Only’, but then there is also a very deep and reflective side to me too that you experience in my more soul stirring songs like ‘No Regrets’, which features on my forth-coming EP.
What have been your biggest music achievements so far?
One of my biggest achievements has been learning how to write and sing songs in Spanish. It’s something that has opened up a world of possibilities for the future.
What’s coming up next for you?
At the moment I am focused on the release of ‘If Only’, but next for me will include lots of gigging, a second release followed by an EP, and also a tour and lots of festivals. My team and I are just arranging all of that now. It’s all very exciting.