The newcomer talks TikTok fame, growing up in Japan and how Ryan Murphy’s Ratched inspired her sound.
Returning with another energetic and heart-racing song is newcomer Bishop Briggs with “Walk You Home”. Debuting high energy, the new independent platinum-selling artist takes us through an alt-pop banger filled with head-banging bass lines and explosive choruses. With powerful vocals and heavy drums, the singer delivers a high-intensity tune dictating the end of relationships and the difficulty of letting go.
Speaking on the new single, the rising singer said, “The song that came from a place of heaviness. I think there can be a thick layer of denial when we end a relationship in our life. We feel that this ending will cause that person to vanish from our memory. We pray their name won’t live in our minds as we close our eyes to sleep. But, the reality is it can take a long time to release the energy you set aside for this person. The anxiety-fuelled care that led me to losing myself in it all still creeps in when I least expect it, even when I’m writing a song like this one.”
Having dominated the world of TikTok with hit addictive hit single “River”, the star has gone to gaining nods from MTV for their famed PUSH Award as well as starring on Jimmy Fallon. With more music on the way, we sat down with the star talking social media fame, her latest single and what we can expect next.
Check out the interview below…
Hi Bishop, how have you been during this uncertain time? How has it impacted your music and creativity?
Thank you for asking. It has truly been a rollercoaster hasn’t it?!? I’m genuinely curious if Mercury has been in retrograde for the entirety of quarantine! That being said, I have found writing to be a huge release during this intense time. I did go through a plant phase, but sadly it has not lasted.
How did growing up in Japan influence you sonically? Who are your musical heroes?
Well, every day after school I would go to the karaoke bars. For some reason there appeared to be no age limit! I would see my dad sing Frank Sinatra and I was hooked. I would perform Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Otis Redding. I loved Motown and I loved to perform it. It was also the 90’s though, so my heart had a special place for Backstreet Boys.
Where are the most unusual places you pull musical inspiration from?
I was recently watching Ratched on Netflix – highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it but it was created by the same person who created American Horror Story. Parts of it are incredibly gory and morbid, but the lighting and the structure of the show are deeply inspiring. After seeing how they lit a scene or hearing how they utilized the music in a way that increased the intensity, I couldn’t wait to write the next day.
Congratulations on your new single “WALK YOU HOME” – what is it inspired by?
Thank you so much! It’s actually about a friend of mine, someone I care deeply about. Addiction is an interesting thing and it can be really difficult to let go of a loved one who is going through it. Your anxiety surrounding their well-being can feel deafening at times and that’s what inspired the song.
Do you have a favourite lyric – something you think will resonate deeply with your listeners?
I think my favourite lyric from “WALK YOU HOME” would have to be, “I met all the demons that you hide below but I still care for you.” I hope that people resonate with that line. We try so hard to hide our imperfections, especially from the people we love, but the truth is they’ve seen them all and they continue to love us. I wanted that line to have a sweetness to it that made you understand that true love sees the faults and still loves you for you.
You’ve gone viral on TikTok – how did you feel the first time you saw a fan do the chair dance?
People owning their sexuality and having fun with it is always going to be the coolest thing to me. I still can’t believe how many people have listened to my song. By the way, TikTok is my addiction and has been such a lovely release for me during this uniquely difficult time.
How do you feel like your sound has progressed since you debuted in 2017?
I feel more vulnerable, present, and transparent. I think that’s something that I have tried to lean into in my personal life as well.
You’ve sold out two headline tours, also played Coachella, American Idol, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and your song featured in the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack – what has been your biggest pinch-me moment so far?
Even just talking to Wonderland is a big deal to me. I have been a longtime fan. I am just really, really, really grateful.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
My biggest dream is that people feel less alone just by listening to music. That has always been my goal since day one.
What’s next for you? What are you looking forward to next year?
Next… I am going to buy a Christmas tree. It’s my first time and I did not get a star to put on the top of it or an angel. I got a small polar bear hanging on top of a tree. Other than that very exciting news, I am looking forward to releasing more music.