Joining the force of exceptional female talent coming out of Manchester in recent years, Abbie Ozard has truly come into her own in 2020.
Now signed to LAB Records, Abbie has already been personally requested to tour with the likes of Lauran Hibberd and Whenyoung, heavily backed by BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music (think Huw Stephens, Jack Saunders, Abbie McCarthy, Chris Hawkins) and is set to play at Sound City and Live at Leeds in 2021.
Her latest release, TV Kween embraces the infectious, breezy take on indie-pop which has seen her wiggle her way into our hearts and sees Abbie tackle the insecurities and anxieties of being a young girl in a world full of comparisons.
Having had her on our radar for quite some time now, we took the chance to learn about Abbie’s roots, how she’s learning to trust her own ideas and her love for Dairylea dunkers.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for? I live in a little town in Cheshire called Nantwich and work in my parents cafe between doing music atm! Mum and Dad love their music so I grew up listening to Bowie and Blondie and artists like that. From there I got really hooked on music so I used to be in choirs and stuff when I was at school and I sung classically. I got really bored of that and began to get embarrassed and thought it was really uncool haha, so I started teaching myself guitar when I was about 14 and wrote my own music from then on. At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision? I don’t think I’ve ever really had a day in the past where I’m like ‘ok this is gonna be my career from now on’ it just sort of happened? I just love writing music and creating little concepts with videos and stuff so it’s something I’ve always been dead passionate about!! For ages I didn’t release anything though because I was so scared, but after releasing one single everyone was so supportive, I just thought ‘right I’m gonna carry on doing this now I know I’m not shit and it’s not just me that likes these songs’ haha - it’s just so fun. What is the main source of influence for your songwriting? I’d say a lot of it comes from films I watch. I’ve always been obsessed with coming of age type films, like the teen type ones you can relate to the most. The whole visual element of them I find really helps me think of different concepts and they kinda help breakdown what’s been going on in my head for the past few years. Personal experiences also hugely influence my writing, I don’t think I could write a song if I didn’t feel really passionately about the subject. What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music? Probably that I have a really short attention span hahaha! I just can’t focus on anything else in life other than what I’m writing about or creating visuals for or what not. I find it really hard to concentrate but that’s cool, I think its getting slightly better the more I’m learning to juggle with work, life and doing music. What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry? To trust my ideas more!! I don’t think being super confident with my creative decisions comes naturally to me, so I think if I was to give my past self some advice it would deffo be to be more confident and trust myself and my ideas way more. Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in? Manchester wise there are so many sick musicians who I went to uni with!! Phoebe Green’s tunes are so honest and raw she is one cool gal. What would your dream tour & rider look like? Oooooh I’d absolutely LOVE to tour Europe that would honestly be such a dream. You don’t really get to see much of the city you’re in when you’re touring so the rider would have to be 10/10. I’d go with a solid combo of flamin hot Doritos with dips, Dairylea dunkers (would have to be the jumbo tubes ones) and Dairylea lunchables. I think I’d be the happiest girl in the world with that kind of food combo every night tbh.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose? Deffo Sex Education!!!! I’m obsessed. What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist? I’d love to just go on tour outside the UK I guess and play to loads of sick little crowds, it’d be amazing to collab with some of my fave artists too. There’s 100,000 things I wanna do in music but I guess I’m just taking each day as it comes and making sure my dogs get a little pat on their heads every day.
(Photo Credit: Charlotte Rudd)