10 Questions With… A series that delves into fresh new releases from some of our favourite artists. With a focus on our Melodic Distraction hosts and wider community, this lil natter gives us an insight into their musical escapades when they’re in their studio, not ours.
Rhythm Lab Records continue their ‘giRLs’ series, following the success of club banger premiere ‘Underdog’ from Kahreign and Shauna. The next northern duo, Sutty and Migixhi, step up to the plate with the sultry and understated ‘Daisy Chain’. We chat with the pair following the release to find out more about the process, the result of which transforms and deepens the sound of electronic R&B…
Hi Sutty and Migixhi – ‘Daisy Chain’ is a BOP. Can you tell us a bit more about the process behind making it?
M: When I was creating the idea for ‘Daisy Chain’, I wanted it to have a laid back, low-fidelity feel; almost nostalgic. I didn’t necessarily want there to be loads happening as I wanted space for Sutty to do her magic with harmonies and such.
S: the minute I heard Migixhi’s tracks, I knew ‘Daisy Chain’ was the right one to move forward with – they were all gorgeous, but this one instantly inspired me! My writing process was actually pretty fast and methodical for me – I listened to the structure and the textures in the beat, and drew inspiration from the melodies already in there. I wanted the vocal to feel sort of familiar to the listener, which is interesting as Migixhi also wanted an element of nostalgia.
How did you find working together, given that you had never met before? What’s the best thing you get out of collaboration?
M: Working with Sutty was smooth sailing. It was easy to communicate and bounce ideas off each other; I guess that’s why we were able to complete the song without any problems. I think the best thing I got out of this collaboration is a friend, we get along well and we’ll hopefully be making more music together in the future.
S: Yeah, exactly that. It was such a nice experience working with Migixhi, all very calm and chilled, no pressure which I think you can actually hear in the track. There will be many more collabs from us! I feel that we really had a good starting point since we both love similar music, and I think Migixhi’s experience with songwriting is very valuable because it means her beats are considerate toward vocalists.
Who were you both listening to a lot whilst making it?
M: I was listening to a lot of SiR and Hiatus Kaiyote. The guitar you hear in the track reminded me of SiR’s track ‘Fire’, so I went along with that acoustic but groovy vibe.
S: I was also listening to SiR, as well as vocalists such as Alluna George, Ama Lou and SZA.
What do you get most excited about ahead of a release? Anything that scares you?
M: Just seeing that it’s finally out and all of your hard work has paid off. Waiting for the reception definitely scares me though – will people like it etc.? It isn’t the main thing I think about, but it’s always in the back of my mind.
S: It’s gotta be seeing your music baby out in the big wide world. I don’t know what I’m scared of regarding a release, other than the admin side of things. Making sure it’s promoted properly, and everything is in place and ready to go. That side of things can be stressful.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt or gained from being part of the ‘giRLs’ series?
M: That there’s a strong sense of community of women producers, artists/songwriters and DJs. I met some truly talented ladies on this project and I’ll be rooting for them in the future.
S: Such a great network of talented artists, with a huge range of skills. It’s really inspiring to meet other people who have qualities you want to develop in yourself and see how much of an open and inviting community it is.
Are there any fellow female or non-binary artists/producers/DJs you’re hyped about at the moment?
M: Right now I’m geeking out over a producer called Emmavie. The music she creates takes me back to 90s R&B – I’ve been listening to her recent album ‘What’s A Diamond To A Baby’ on a daily basis.
S: I’ve been rinsing other local artists such as Victoria Jane, Fliss, China Lilly and many, many more. I think it’s really important to support your local creative scene, and there’s a serious amount of talent here in Manchester!
Where do you hope to see the music industry in 5 years time?
M: More diversity within the music industry. More women music producers and business partners executives getting the recognition they deserve, so that young girls can see that there are many other avenues within the music industry.
S: I agree with Migixhi. I would love to see more diversity in the music industry, as well as a change in the way major labels monopolise the industry – they should be held accountable for the way they mistreat artists in doing so.
Who would be your dream artist(s) to collaborate with?
M: I’d love to collaborate with Syd from The Internet – just to be in a studio session would be my dream, but to have a full song would send me to the moon and back.
S: I always find this a very difficult question to answer! I’d love to have a studio session as a topliner, so somebody like Scott Storch would be incredible. He’s written the piano hooks and melodies for countless hip-hop and R&B hits, and melody is my real passion when writing music. I’d also love to learn from Joy Crookes, as I always find her very engaging and interesting when she speaks about writing sessions and creating a space to write music in.
What’s one thing people may not know about you as a musician?
M: I don’t think many people know that I write lyrics. I started off wanting to be a songwriter when I was a teenager, which led me to wanting to know how to make beats.
S: I’ve never really viewed myself as a vocalist… I see myself as a topliner and songwriter. I sing because that’s the way I can create pieces of work, but I would love to write a vocal to be performed and recorded by another vocalist.
What’s next for you?
M: I’m back to working on my music, trying to find my sound. In the near future I’d love to release more tracks and projects featuring myself.
S: I have a nice number of gigs to prepare for over the next few months, and a huge number of songs and collaborations in the works. I’m learning from the people around me and practicing my craft. I’m excited to see what the next year has in store, especially now restrictions are gradually lifting.
‘Daisy Chain’ is out now – check it out below!