Effy Roberts [beffyloveless]
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
I've got a few songs that are related, but never quite the same. I think that you have to be careful in continuing a story because it can get old, but I always make sure to change things up. Plus, my life is full of inspiration. Something's always going down, so I don't think I'll ever NOT have fresh ideas. Aside from that, I just try and keep an open mind. Some people might think of something and say, 'well, you can't write a song about that though.' I don't believe that. I think that you can make anything into enjoyable art if you work at it enough.
Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
Yeah, I always sort of pick a secluded room, pour up a glass of tea, and shut myself away for a good few hours.
Does spirituality contribute to your creativity?
I try not to mix my religion with my art, just because I feel like that could alienate so many listeners and that's just not what I want.
What city in the world currently attracts you due to its creative environment?
I love Manchester. There's a lot of busking in Manchester. I'd fit right in. I'm also really in love with Seoul, because I'm just an absolute city girl.
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I play guitar and sing and it's difficult to pin-point one particular style I dabble in, as I do a bit of everything and pull from every genre for my sound. Right now, I'm really into hip hop, so there's been a bit of influence lyrically there, but I'm definitely just doing whatever I feel like at that moment.
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I've been singing for as long as I can remember, but it all really started as a passion-thing for me when I started playing cello. I was blessed with this amazing teacher who sort of opened my eyes to all of the things that you could do musically and all of the things you could express.
What was your musical education?
I'm actually a classically trained cellist. That comes as a surprise to most everyone. As far as guitar and singing goes though, I'm self taught. I've never had any training.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
It was never so much that as I realised that I didn't have a life without it. I could not exist without music. It's as simple as that.
What is your creative process?
Er... lots of late nights and lots of tea! Ha. I don't know. I just sort of sit down with a pen and paper and me guitar and it all just happens.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Always at night. And it's usually, like, REALLY late so I can't really be loud and wake the house!
What part of your job is your least favourite?
Promotion. It's such a nightmare.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
I grew up on the Rolling Stones, so they're a MAJOR part in it, but more than anyone else Jay Park really inspires me, because he went from success to nothing to building his career up his way and doing what made him happy. That's really motivating, you know? He's pretty much me biggest idol. Then Charlotte O'Connor and Lee SoJung, 'cause those girls have killer pipes.
List three songs that are key to your life.
She's So Cold-the Rolling Stones; Appetizer-Jay Park; Nappeun Yeoja-Ladies' Code
What other things have you done to make a living?
I worked at a bakery cafe thing once. It wasn't very fun. And I worked in a zoo gift shop.
Have you ever played on the street or in the subway? How much did you collect each day?
Oh yeah! I love playing in the street. There were these construction workers building across the street from me gran's place a couple of summer's back and I used to play for them. They'd all sit in the front yard and eat lunch and listen. It was such a lovely time!
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
Jay Park. I'd love to collaborate with him some day. Maybe he could do a rap bridge for one of me songs or something. That'd be, like, the highlight of me life.
What hobbies have you got?
Belly dancing, actually. Yeah, I'm really big on that at the moment.
If you were sent to a deserted island, which book, CD and film would you take with you?
Oh, wow. Erm.... The Picture of Dorian Gray (I never get bored of it), Far East Movement's 'Dirty Bass' (I can have a bit of a dance), and 'Killing Bono' (it's my favourite).
In moments of tension, what techniques work in calming the mind?
Turning on a good tune and shutting up. That's what I do, anyway.
A simple pleasure that for you is quite big or important.
A good cuppa tea. I'd die without it.
What do you currently have in your MP3 player?
Lots and lots of old Indian music. Haha. That, along with classic rock, British grime, hip hop, classical, dance, some punk rock, pop rock, just plain pop.... A bit of everything, really.
For you, what is "the good life"?
Doing what makes me happiest without anyone giving me grief or guilt. Being who I am without someone trying to change that.
What was your first crush like?
He was an absolute bad boy--scruffy and swearing with blue eyes and he was the tallest boy in the class. We were best mates.
What is most important to you in a relationship?
Fun. If I'm not having fun, I'm not happy. So, yeah, a good bit of fun.
Do you keep friendly relations with your exes?
I've tried, but it can definitely be difficult. Some of them are still good mates, but others I just couldn't deal with anymore.
What advice would you give to anyone trying to flirt with you?
Did you always know what you wanted to be? How did you discover your calling?
I think so. I can't remember ever making the realisation.
In the lowest moments, what kept you afloat?
My music, my undying confidence, and my obscene amount of self-reliance and self-faith.