We’ve been playing out local singer/songwriter Rachel Arnold’s latest track Happy Heartbreak here on Phoenix FM – and we caught up with Rachel to have a chat about her music.
Tell us a little bit about your yourself?
I live in Hornchurch, Essex and I have lived in the area all of my life. By day I am a English as second language teacher by day and a independent artist at night.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
It started when I was a child but it’s hard to pinpoint it to one exact moment. It was a combination of different factors really. My dad had a huge record collection that he would always play. I have an older sister who got into contemporary music before I did. I have been writing poems and short stories since I was a child. My sister writes too and there are members of family who also write, so I think it is in the genes!
People who know me very well know that I am a massive Paul Heaton fan and growing up I listened obsessively to The Beautiful South. First became a fan at the age of seven. I became a Housemartins fan much later. Paul Heaton was one of the reasons I wanted to get into songwriting.
Which artists did you listen to while growing up?
Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, Paul Heaton, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Carole King, Britpop artists, Dolly Parton, Paul Weller, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Motown artists, Easy listening artists and The Beatles.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
Quirky, left-field and self-effacing.
What music have you recorded and released to date?
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
I enjoy listening to Gerry Cinanmon and I recently discovered an artist called Beans on Toast. I discovered them both at festivals. They influence my work because they do music because it is the right thing to do rather than being noticed and praised. I like that!
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
My dream collaboration would be with Paul Heaton. Also Rod, Jane and Freddy from Rainbow. Haha!
What are your plans for the future?
To perform my songs alongside well known cover songs with other musicians and singers. I see my music as more on an independent thing and less of a mainstream thing. The most important thing is that I have fun whilst doing this, learn and grow as an artist and not take it too seriously.