• Ellie Scully

Get To Know... Girlhood

London based duo Girlhood have caught the attention of many a reputable outlet since their emergence in 2017, and latest single, Sister, only goes to prove why.

A joyful and uplifting blend of genre and tone, this track is a true celebration of womanhood and all forms of love felt between 'sisters'. Jazz elements compliment the tone of Tessa Cavanna's vocals perfectly, combining to create a tune that is both heartwarming, while giving you that inescapable toe tap.

We caught up with the duo's Christian Pinchbeck to chat the importance of different music tastes while making tunes, sticking with it and dreams going forward with Girlhood.

Tell us a bit about Girlhood and how long you’ve been making music for?

We’re two wildly different people with different music tastes and backgrounds coming together to hopefully make the best music we can. We’ve managed three years, one EP and nearly one album so far.

At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?

I’ve played in a band since the beginning of high school, and started producing shortly after when we began home recording our overly ambitious teenage records. I formed a band called Elephant I when moved to London to study. We released one album before imploding. I never anticipated making any sort of career out of music and still don’t! But I got extremely lucky with the super talented people I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and wonderfully supportive team who have always been there to lend a hand.

What would you say is the main source of influence for your songwriting?

It used to be trying to create the “perfect sounding record”, but now it’s moved onto trying to test myself on what I can put together. Trying different rhythms, genres, instruments and just generally ignoring any previous experience. Together we have a very strange way of writing, and it produces results that neither of us anticipate.

What is something you’ve learned about yourselves through making music and being a part of Girlhood?

Firstly, the industry is extremely challenging, and secondly music is a hugely emotive experience. Together they can be testing, but can produce the best music as well.

Is there anything you wish you had known when you first got involved in the music industry?

Stick at it, no matter what. Be more understanding, less introverted.

Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?

I live in Boston temporarily, and there is this bloke who plays this homemade gas canister guitar on the street who’s pretty fruity, but aside from that there is literally nothing going on.

What would your dream tour & rider look like?

All across America, fat free KFC wings and four K Ciders, possibly fat-free too as I’m over 30 now and metabolism is a cruel mistress.

If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?

Love Island.

What’s the bucket list goal for you as Girlhood? Where do you want your career to be in a year’s time?

My goal is to produce a fully flowing album, with a narrative. Where every song melts into the next, with a beginning, middle and end. I have no idea how it’s done or how to even start it, but that would be the next project. Or Jools Holland.

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