South London is an integral part of the UK music scene. With movers and shakers in radio, A&R and direct artistic careers, the enclave continues to prosper. This includes the R&B and Soul arena. Singer/Songwriter/Instrumentalist Sipprell is a part of this movement. Debuting in 2015 with her introductory set ‘Letter D’, the act gained industry support from the likes of Complex and Notion, who were warmed by her sound. However a brutal turn of events (her brothers suicide) led to a gap in her career to re-group. Now, Sipprell is back and ready to shine with her incredible sophomore set ‘I Could Be Loved’ which lets audiences in to her world.
On the back of her release, Sipprell spoke to L Ø S T C U L T U R E about her evolution over the last few years.
You have a new EP out now. Can you share the themes throughout the songs?
I’d say in a nutshell the themes of the EP are love, loss, and self-discovery. It begins with heartbreak and ends with hope.
The title track I Could Be Loved is about falling in love with someone who makes you feel worthy in return – who redefines what love is to you.
The person I wrote it about came along at a time when I had a very cynical view on love and relationships. He made me realise that love doesn’t have to be controlling or toxic.
I hope these songs can be as healing for others as they were for me to make.
Which producers / writers have worked on the project?
There’s a lot of female energy on the E.P. Production wise, I worked with Marie Dahlstrøm on 3 of the tracks (From Afar, Personal, Better) and Chloe Martini on I Could Be Loved.
Marie helped me bring the whole project together when I was still finding my way again musically. Chloe and I spent a lot of time on ICBL because it’s a very special track to us. We made it on the first day we ever met in our first session, in a cramped little studio in Kings Cross. It’s probably my favourite song from the EP.
I wrote Better with Melo-Zed. He came up with the guitar part and I wrote the song from there. He’s always amazing to work with.
I had to include Journey on the EP (produced by Ragz Originale, AoD and Benjii Flow) just because it fit so well with the project and I feel like that song is timeless.
Have to shout out amazing musicians Andy Vickery (guitar), Rocco Palladino (bass) and Samson Jatto (drums), who all recorded on the EP. They really brought the music to life.
I’ve read that the tragedy of your brother’s suicide sparked a change in creative paths for you. Could you elaborate on this?
Losing Vince naturally lead me to be more vulnerable in my writing and I started putting more depth into my music. I’m grateful I had a creative outlet to focus on around that time.
I think after traumatic situations like that, you’re forced to adapt in order to cope. There’s one part in Personal where it goes, “You changed me on the day you walked away, and I had to adapt all of my senses to this cold and empty space.” I think my music began to evolve the same time I did as a person.
Do you feel like there’s momentum in the UK scene at the moment?
There are so many great UK artists coming up at the moment and it’s inspiring to see so many excelling and supporting each other. I’m glad there’s a lot more recognition for producers, musicians and writers as well.
Why such a long period between the first EP and this EP?
I needed to take some time to grow and experiment with my sound. It took me a while to find the right producers that could compliment my vision. I’m also a perfectionist – I only like to put out my very best work and I really don’t think art should be forced. I wanted to make a project that could stand the test of time.
What’s the biggest barrier for you right now?
I think a lot of creative people suffer silently with anxiety – That unrealistic pressure we put on ourselves. On social media it all looks so effortless but most of the time we don’t show the real struggle behind it. I’m as guilty of that as anyone. I’m learning to let go more though because over stressing and over thinking is no good for your art or your head.
What’s the vision you have now for your career?
First and fore-most I just want to keep making music that I believe in. I’m working on an album and I plan to start touring in the near future. I’m looking forward to doing my first headline show 19th November at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington.
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