Dropping their latest piece of indie-pop perfection this week, Pip Blom are out to prove themselves as your New Fave Band. Fashioning lo-fi indie gems with melodies that will stick in your head for weeks, the four-piece are eponymously named after their frontwoman Pip, a creative force to be reckoned with.
Releasing debut EP “Are We There Yet?” in 2016, the three-track offering instantly cemented 21-year-old Blom’s talent in writing songs with charm and creating dazzling sounds. Following it up with two songs – “Babies Are a Lie” and “School” – last year, the latest cut, “I Think I’m in Love” is an exciting look at what the rest of 2018 may hold.
With a new EP fast approaching, we caught up with Pip (singular), to find out more.
When did you first get interested in music?
When I was pretty young. My parents have always been very involved in music. My dad played in a band, my mom did their sound and a few years later they started an online music platform together. They always played music in the car and they took us to a lot of festivals (where they were working).
Where do you draw your inspiration?
I always watch a TV programme whilst I start with a song. Whilst I’m watching it, I’m fiddling around on my guitar until I find something that sounds really cool. When that happens I stop watching TV and begin with the whole recording stuff.
Interesting. How has life changed for you since you burst onto the scene in 2016?
A lot! At first I wanted to spend all my time making music and now I am spending all my time making music/sorting music stuff out. We’ve been on tour eight times, played shows all over Europe, and are able to meet a lot of cool people. On the other hand, I am still doing the dishes in a restaurant!
What have you learnt in the last two years?
The biggest thing that I’ve learned is always make sure that you’re having fun. I started making music because I have fun making music. And I want to keep it that way.
“I started making music because I have fun making music. And I want to keep it that way.”
How have you changed as an artist?
I think I’m definitely a lot better at performing, I’m not as shy as I was. And I also think I’m getting better at making different types of songs. But I still have a long way to go.
You’ve just released your new track, “I Think I’m In Love”, can you tell us a bit about it?
I wrote the song in my studio. But it was our first song that we proper recorded in a professional studio. Me, my brother and Raven Aartsen worked together to make the song better than it was. We had a lot of fun in the studio, although it was our first time ever and I was really nervous. But in the end it was amazing.
What’s the inspiration – musically and lyrically – behind the track?
I don’t think I had a certain musical inspiration when I started writing the song. And lyrically, I always like to keep that to myself! I love the idea that people can make up their own story behind a song. Instead of me spoiling what they should think it’s about.
Can we expect another EP from you this year?
Yes! We’ve recorded two songs of a new EP and are going to record two more in a couple of weeks. Really looking forward to releasing those songs; I’m curious to hear what everyone thinks!
Finally, what else have you got planned for 2018?
We’re supporting The Breeders on their summer tour, and we’re also doing a Nice Swan records tour with Sports Team. We’ve got a lot of shows planned through Europe, but I also want to focus on writing songs. Maybe for an album… Who knows?