The north Londoner on her most personal track yet.
Being a songwriter often means having to bare your soul to the world, and none know this better than rising pop siren Tiggi Hawke. First bursting onto the scene with 2016’s “In The Wild”, the newcomer has since seen her profile raised with a number of mesmerising club-ready hits.
Now, returning with her first new music of 2018, latest track “Me Too” sees Hawke stand in solidarity with the #MeToo movement in what is undisputedly her most honest and compelling song yet. Written out of admiration for all those who have come forward and drawing on her own experiences, the pop sizzler packs a punch both lyrically and musically.
We caught up with the north London singer-songwriter to talk all new tracks, support networks, and what’s to come next.
Hey Tiggi, how are you?
Emotionally exhausted but wildly happy! It’s been a rollercoaster but I’ve been shown that I have the best family, friends and fans and nothing could make me happier.
What have you been up to this week?
Well on Friday, I released my new single “Me Too”, which I’ll admit was nerve-racking! Since then I’ve been talking to people about the song and the inspiration behind it (like now), rehearsing with my band for the next wave of live shows, and really connecting with my fans on a whole new level, which is such a privilege.
How’s 2018 treating you so far?
Pretty good so far. Obviously, “Me Too” is now out which is a huge achievement for me. I’ve got writing trips planned for the rest of the year along with some super exciting gigs, which I can’t wait to tell you guys about, and I have some new music that is just ready and waiting! So far, so good, but fingers crossed I haven’t gone and jinxed it…
You’ve mentioned “Me Too”. Can you tell us a bit about it?
This release is very important to me, which is why I was even more nervous than usual about releasing it. I write from my own experiences so this song is shaped by my stories, but I fundamentally wrote it out of admiration for every single person who has come forward, stepped up and had the courage to insist that the justice system does its job, and to promote the incredibly positive change that is more than needed.
Wow. So can you talk us more through the inspiration?
After the worldwide determination to challenge the apparent normality of all these stories through the #MeToo movement, I felt that I could speak out myself and stand with those incredible people and for that I am very grateful. This is me, telling my own story, showing my support for everyone affected and hopefully helping them make the change that we all deserve.
It’s a deeply personal subject – was it difficult to write about?
100%. I was a bit of a mess on Friday to be honest. All my songs are personal but this one definitely tops the list. I had to write it from my point of view because I can’t assume to write about anyone else’s experiences, and I really wanted to get across a question that I have wanted to ask people: “What would your mama say?”, which hopefully will stick around in people’s head for a while so they can ask themselves that very question.
Is it difficult knowing that such a personal matter is going to be heard by so many people?
It is, and that was definitely one of the thoughts that made me apprehensive, but I have never been happier to have been proved wrong. My family, friends and fans have shown me so much love and support that it’s hard to imagine why I was nervous in the first place!
Do you think it’s important for people in such an important position to speak out about these issues?
I think it’s very important to use whatever platform you have to fight for change when it comes to these issues so that they don’t continue to happen. I’m sure that pretty much everyone will have experienced some form of abuse, across many spectrums, and the first thing to do is to challenge the normality of the situation which is exactly what #MeToo has done by highlighting the amount of people affected by such experiences. I would encourage people to use their platforms, not to slander, but to question, educate and share their compassion as that is the positive progress that will make a difference.
You mentioned the support from your family, friend and fans. Presumably the immediate response has been pretty positive then?
Beyond my highest hopes! I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but we have had radio support and play listing from the get-go which is incredible, I’ve been smiling like the Cheshire Cat all weekend. All I hope is that it reaches people who want to hear it and that it can connect people to the movement.
When you first started making music, did you think you would reach this point?
Never! I speak my mind and have strong convictions but I never thought I would be releasing a song like this. It’s more of a reflection on the people who inspired and empowered me though, I couldn’t have done it without them all.
So finally, what’s next?
My three favourite things: gigs, writing and new music. All coming up really soon! I always keep my Instagram up to date with releases and venue details, so watch that space.