Hayley Chillcott

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Tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm originally from Bristol and moved to Brighton a few years ago. Since the age of 10 back when I listened to bands like McFly, I constantly found myself pretending to play along using a tennis racket. At the age of 13 I was bought my first guitar and then went on to have lessons and taught myself to sing. I remember playing in front of an audience for the first time at a school concert, I cried afterwards because I was so happy and thought that 'I had made it' (disclaimer: I hadn't). From that moment onwards I began contacting promotion companies all over Bristol and then music became a lot more than just a hobby.

There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest?
I don't really try to stick to any particular genre when I'm writing, I just write what I like to hear. I love messing around with chord structures and adapting my vocal to them. My lyrics also spill complete honesty of feelings and emotions and are often very personal. I love playing to total strangers and knowing that theres a chance they might be perceiving my lyrics in a totally different way whilst relating at the same time.

What are you working on at the moment?
I'm going to be releasing my debut EP 'Finally Home' on April 20th. I feel like I have been waiting for this moment for years but have never quite felt ready. What with moving to Brighton and some what growing up, I feel as if my music has finally progressed to a point where my songs are ready to venture out into the world. Following my release I'm also planning on doing lots of shows around the UK and will hopefully be hitting the festival circuit this year too.

What’s the back-story to your songs?
'Finally Home' has 3 songs which really tell a story. The first track 'Circles' was written during a time in my life where I felt quite confused and slightly lost. I had just moved to Brighton and although the world was my oyster I felt very much out of my depth. The 3rd track on the EP 'A Lot Like Home' was written recently, it tells a story of where I am at right now. It's about feeling settled and how even if you haven't ended up where you started it can feel 'A Lot Like Home'. See what I did there?

Do you have a gig that you will never forget?
When I was 18 I supported Gabrielle Aplin at a sold out show in Bristol's O2 Academy. I had followed her since her YouTube days so it was a total dream to be sharing the stage with her. I just remember walking out with my guitar to over 1000 people and telling myself to remember every single moment.

What's the first song you remember hearing?
Coming To America - Neil Diamond, I remember my parents always playing it in the car when I was younger and me singing along every time.

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song?
Probably '5 Colours In Her Hair' by McFly. I can't forget my roots!

What was the first gig you went to?
Hear'Say in Cardiff with my mum and sister, I must have been about 6! I was allowed to buy a programme from their tour and then someone stole it - great night!

Which song do you wish you'd written?
A Case Of You - Joni Mitchell, I think it is quite possibly one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

Which song changed your life?
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman, I remember hearing that song and instantly wanting to learn it on guitar. I also feel like that was one of the first songs where I really took the time to listen to the lyrics. It's a beautiful iconic song and one I've never tired of.

Which song would you like played at your funeral?
Heaven Is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle, may as well go out with a bang!

What song is stuck in your head right now?
I Like Me Better - Lauv, I recently discovered it and it's so damn catchy.

What was the first Album you bought?
Room On The Third Floor - McFly, I've mentioned them quite a lot haven't I?

Which song made you want to play music?
Tear Out My Heart - London Anderson, I used to spend hours a day watching her on YouTube when I was younger and I often forget how much she inspired me when I had just started playing.

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Date Thursday 19 April 2018 at 18:30
Address Cafe Plenty, Brighton, UK, BN1 4GW

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