Some men can be the worst at the best of times, somehow always putting their feet – and, I’m talking each individual toe here – straight into their mouths before they’ve even finished their sentence. On her new track “Little Men”, Hollie Gautiér reckons its time they wise up, calling for no more Mr. Rude Guys.
The track’s name lends itself to Gautiér’s own tumultuous relationship with the music industry, penning the track in total frustration after getting home from a music industry networking event. “I showed an A&R man my songs and he gaslit me into thinking I didn’t know who I am as an artist, or what I wanted to say in my lyrics and that I needed him or ‘another male mentor’ to guide me so I’d have a chance of being successful in this industry,” she says. “He also didn’t believe me when I told him I waitressed full time to pay for promo, music videos etc myself and said that my parents must have helped me because I wouldn’t have been able to balance everything on my own.”
At its heart, the song is a female empowerment anthem, a defiant middle finger to the sexism and misogyny that runs rife in all areas of life. Candidly sharing her experience over slow, unfurling drum beats, Gautiér’s bold lyrics and captivating vocal presence are unmistakable, rich in soul, passion and personality. As she hopes to let all the many, many female musicians who’ve been left to feel just as adequate by small men, some of them confiding in the singer directly, know that this is far from okay, Gautiér makes it clear that girls don’t just have to roll with the punches, they can hit back twice as hard instead.
Listen to the track below…