POLLY Scattergood is just about to release her second album Arrows; signed to Mute Records she is alongside artists such as Erasure and Goldfrapp, the latter whom she supported at Somerset House making it her biggest show to date: “It was pretty amazing, it was such a incredible experience.
“Mute are a great label to be on, they have supported me for many years now. They really believe in the artists they look after, and they help develop them, which is so rare.
“It’s a family that I feel very lucky to be part of.”
Born in the late 80’s, Scattergood surrounded herself with music from an early age: “My earliest music related memory is painting the keys of our piano in our family home.
“I really started listening to music properly in the 90’s. In the 90’s I loved everything from Nirvana to Michael Jackson, my parents use to listen to David Bowie and Leonard Cohen a lot as I was growing up, so it was a real mix of everything.
“I love reading books, watching films and when I am stuck for inspiration I sometimes go to London’s Hayward Gallery as they often have weird and wonderful exhibitions that feed my mind.”
With a great upbeat second record under her belt, Scattergood’s sound is quirky, pop, electro and so perfectly 2013. Taking inspirations from London first and foremost, the singer also likes to go way back: “I love London I have been here for a while now and I have made it home.
“When I first moved here it was quite a lonely city but I got a job working on a market stall and soon met people. It’s a great city to be part of, there’s always something interesting going on.
“In terms of music inspirations, right now for me, you will never beat Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb.
“And new records? I’m really enjoying Daughter and CHVRCHES.
“I love going to smaller gigs, especially the more intimate ones. I saw this guy called Swimming Lessons perform at the Shacklewell Arms in East London earlier in the year, and that was a stand out gig for me.
“It was very intimate and intense. As a member of the audience I prefer this sort of gig to the bigger ones.”
Polly Scattergood’s second album Arrows is out 21st October.