Cecil the Berkshire born artist’s music has grown in notoriety over the last year most notably being featured recently on BBC Radio 2. She has been championed regionally by BBC Introducing Berkshire and has performed live for both BBC Coventry & Warwickshire and BBC Oxfordshire respectively as well as featuring on many other radio shows in the UK. I caught up with Cecil to find out more…
Scott: What inspired you to be a music artist?
Cecil: Music has always been a big part of my life very early on in my childhood, as my mum used to play drums in a rock band and they would get together every weekend to jam. I think that instantly makes my mum cooler than me?!
Scott: Can you remember you first single or EP download you bought?
Cecil: Well there was no such thing as downloading in the days where I bought my first record! God that makes me sound old! It was actually Green Days American Idiot album I bought. What a rebel I was!
Scott: Tell me your top 3 music artists / bands you love and why?
Cecil: Coldplay have to be my first I just love them always have always will. I like how current they always keep themselves but always with their signature Coldplay touch.
Frank Sinatra, as who could deny, old blues eyes and silky vocals! And also most importantly he reminds me of home and my mum and dad.
Also…Lana Del Rey I just love how artistic she is. She is very magical and it’s quite rare what she does, which I completely admire.
Scott: Tell me about you experience with BBC Radio 2, That must of been a huge highlight in you career?
Cecil: Yes! I honestly couldn’t believe it I was over the moon. I actually found out I had been played by someone commenting on a YouTube video saying they heard my song on BBC 2, so as you can imagine I frantically told everyone I knew even the neighbors dog, Amber who is super cute!
Scott: Tell me more about you debut EP “Silly Business”
Cecil: So my EP Silly Business was released this April 7th! Get your copy on iTunes now guys ;). There are songs I have written on there that are years old and some I have written late last year so quite a journey of songs! It’s mostly about heartbreak with a previous relationship I had on and off for years. So I think the songs are pretty relatable! It was such an exciting creative process and I’m so happy with the outcome.
Scott: Are you working on your album? If so, Tell me about it
Cecil: Yes I’m currently working on the album, it’s going to be a lot more up tempo than the EP, thought I’d ease people into me first haha. Sorry I like to laugh at my own jokes. I’m super excited about the album as it shows me growing as an artist creatively and is a lot more modern sounding so I’m hoping it’s going to connect with a lot more people.
Scott: Other than music, what else is you passion? Do you like acting or theatre?
Cecil: Well I really like musical theatre but unfortunately I can’t dance to save my life, so that was a no go for me! But I actually prefer performing my own songs it gives me way more of a buzz!
Scott: Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself?
Cecil: Well I broke my nose at 5 years old running into a stone post, I’ve always been so clumsy, it never got fixed so it’s actually still broken to this day and when my nose wasn’t swollen anymore and having a follow up at the doctors my mum actually remembers the doctor saying “people would pay to have their noses look like this”. So we decided nothing needed to be done, so a win win!
And also splitting my lip so bad just a year later after my nose breaking while falling out of bed on holiday in Italy, it was basically hanging off my face. My mum and dad had to rush me to the hospital,as you can imagine they were beside themselves, my dad actually fainted in the operating theatre! They hit the jackpot with me didn’t they.
My birthday falls on St Patricks day so there is never an excuse not to go out! It’s always eventful. I’m promising myself one year to go to Dublin on my birthday and celebrate it it true Irish style!
Scott: You have a few performing dates coming up, Can you tell us where and when?
Surya, LONDON – Apr 22nd
Lock Stock & Barrel, NEWBURY – Apr 28th
New Cross Inn, LONDON – Sun May 7th
Gullivers, MANCHESTER – Tues May 16th(supporting Eleanor Mcevoy)
Notting Hill Arts Club, LONDON – Weds May 17th
Lechlade Festival, LECHLADE – May bank holiday weekend 27th or 28th
Brightfest, OXFORD – June 3rd
Samfest, SURREY – June 24th
The Royal Henley Regatta, HENLEY – Weds 28th Jun – Sat 1st Jul
Henley festival, HENLEY – Fri Jul 7th 7pm Bedouin stage
Godiva Festival, COVENTRY – sat 8th
Jagfest , ALLESLEY – sun 9th
Wellowfest, NOTTINGHAM – Sat 15th Jul
Priory Live Festival, ORPINGTON – Sat Aug 12th
BBC Radio 2’s Carfest (south), HAMPSHIRE – Sun Aug 27th 1:30-2pm
Silly Business [Live @BBC Radio Oxford]
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