Credit: Honey Gentry
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Credit: Honey Gentry
independent artist from London making dreamy, introspective pop.
"delicious in every way" - comeherefloyd
"dreamily dark... deeply hypnotic" - bristolinstereo
(I know you're usually meant to write artist bios in the third person, but speaking from my own voice is important to me so I'm going to continue to write in the first person.)
I self-released my debut studio EP, Moonlight, on 29 June 2019. The EP was a collaboration between me and Ruben Elbrond-Palmer, who is responsible for the beautiful guitarwork on the tracks. Lyrically, the EP mostly touches on dreams, love, jealousy and devotion.
I grew up in London and was actually studying filmmaking when I started writing my own songs. I had started writing songs when I was about 14 or 15 but never ever had the confidence to record (I rarely performed and even then, only in school). As I got older and progressed through my studies, I felt there was something about the "film world" that made me feel like I would never fit in, never gain access or entry; and "fitting in" seemed to be the key to success. I loved writing and really felt the need to write; but I preferred the comfort of my old flame music. The fact that I could write something, record it, distribute it online all by myself and connect directly with others without the involvement or support of anyone else was important to me. So, my "DIY attitude" was born from this desire simply to be self-reliant. That's not to say that I don't love collaborating or working with others, I recently worked on a collab called "Let's Make a Movie" with Hanel Kingson that I'm immensely proud of.
Prior to writing and recording as "Honey Gentry" I was putting out music under my real name and self-released two DIY EPs, which were both recorded at home. My early approaches to songwriting were intensely personal and I wanted to take a step back from being so painfully vulnerable, so I started recording under the nom de plume which made me feel, ironically, like I could be more "myself".
On my musical journey I have been inspired by a plethora of artists from Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Heart via The Pierces, Mazzy Star and Lana Del Rey to My Chemical Romance, Brand New and Nine Inch Nails; I always try to capture something from the music and writing that I have loved throughout my life when I write. The main subjects that inspire to write me are dreams, aspirations, love, nature, the ocean, the city, hope(lessness), freedom/entrapment, therapy, astrology, jealousy, desire, devotion, religion and philosophy. Being alive and living a human experience feels like a privilege and I see writing as a part of that. I'll continue to write for as long as I'm alive.