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27 October 2015, 17:34
We chatted to the Zane Lowe co-sign about all things from Nicki Minaj in spandex to this emoticon ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So far 2015 has been a GREAT year for new artists, with the likes of Troye Sivan and Alessia Cara finding their footing and creating so much buzz that it sometimes feels like we're living in a beehive.
However, that won't stop us from getting our lives from a whole crop of new artists, which is why we jumped at the chance to chat to very good new singer Grace Mitchell.
Grace is co-signed by radio extraordinaire and Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, who actually premiered her fantastic single "Jitter", which you hear below.
How good is that song!
Anyways, here's what happened when we gave her a call...
PopBuzz: Hello Grace Mitchell. Who exactly are you?
Grace Mitchell: Grace Mitchell, me, is writing pop music and is really excited to go out on tour with that pop music. I'm trying to innovate and experiment with different ways to make pop music and I'm having fun collaborating with different artists in the midst of it all.
PB: Can you tell me one thing that you've never told anyone before?
GM: No, because I'm a loud mouth.
PB: Let's talk "Jitter". What does it all mean?
GM: It's kinda self explanatory. It's people dancing and wiggling in a club at night time.
PB: So does it have its own dance routine!?
GM: No, not really. I mean it was an actual dance at one point, maybe around the 1930s to the 1950s.
PB: It's odd as it's a few different styles. Was it originally three songs that you just mashed together or not like that at all?
GM: It was an organic process. When I was writing with Mark, he and I were just coming up with a whole bunch of different ideas at once and making them cohesive together. It wasn't something pre-meditated, we were just sort of doing it all very organically.
PB: You have a song called "Bae". How do you feel about web speak IRL?
GM: Oh my god I love it. I love silly pop culture things like that. I say "WTF" all the time "IRL". It's fun. It's annoying, of course, but I like to do things that annoy me a lot. I think that people that say it's lame to use millennial terms are the lame ones.
PB: We most definitely agree. Important question, then, which emoji most embodies you?
GM: I use the tree and the prayer hands a lot. The prayer hands, I found out, are actually just two people high-fiving. It's lame; why can't it just be a gratitude prayer hands thing. Namaste. So those are the two I use. But there's also one that I copy and paste all the time, the shrug emoticon.
PB: Oh my god, that's our favourite.
GM: It's ridiculous. It takes so much effort to try and be clever, but I do it anyway.
PB: Being a fresh baby popstar do you get to hang out with your friends at all?
GM: I live pretty insularly. It's pretty hard to explain to people why I haven't been keeping in contact with them very often. Of course I still try and reach out and if everything works out it's fine. But in terms of having friends and a social life it's difficult sometimes to, like I said, explain to people why I haven't been giving them the most attention.
PB: Do you ever find that it gets a bit lonely being a popstar?
GM: Well, I'm not a popstar yet. But yeah, it gets a little lonely. It's just moving around a lot, being in different places frequently and not establishing a routine or a community is a little lonely. Especially because I'm really about community and routine.
PB: So if you could give it all up for a day what would you do?
GM: I'm all about balance. I'd probably want to also go out and do something stupid and reckless like eat tons of mac and cheese and then go for a long run.
PB: You might want to wait a bit before going for a run, no?
GM: No, that's part of the recklessness. I'd eat it and go and throw up a bunch...No, I'm kidding that was a lame joke.
PB: Lame question alert Grace. If you weren't a singer what would you be doing with your life?
GM: I feel like I'd be actively be seeking a professional volley ball career. I played volley ball in high school and I was terrible but I really, really, really liked it. I'm kinda bummed about it. Maybe I'll play adult club sport or something, but I don't think the competitive nature of being in high school and all the drama involved in it will ever be back again.
PB: High school never really ends.
GM: I just want it on the volley ball court though, not in real life.
PB: You should get a record label volley ball thing going on.
GM: Holy Cow! An executive and A&R team versus the artists. Now I'm imagining me, Gotye and Nicki Minaj in spandex [laughs].
PB: What a time to be alive. Bye Grace!