Songwriter Clare Dove returns to IndustryMe a year after our last interview to discuss her new music and journey since we last sat down.
First things first I know it’s late but Happy New Year, Hope you had a pleasant Holiday Season and a great start to 2018?
Thank you! And to you too! The holidays seem forever ago now but I enjoyed some really valuable downtime with my family.
Are you still keeping up with your blog?
I am indeed. You can follow it at claredove.com/blog
What are the some of the things you write about?
I try to write really honestly and openly about who I am and what I’m learning. So it centres around being a young woman, being a creative, my experiences of setbacks, steps forward and all the lessons in between. I don’t pretend to be qualified to tell anyone how to live their life, it’s just my own honest experiences, but I’d like to think that there’s something in there to encourage anyone that reads it.
How did everything with the Spring project you mentioned in our last interview go?
It was challenging and lived up to its name (“Things I Learned the Hard Way”) more than I possibly could have imagined! I faced hurdles at absolutely every single possible turn, and at times it felt like I really should just give up on it. I knew I had to see it through though and I’m so glad I did. It’s really opened some doors for me and I’m proud to have a body of work out in the world that meant so much to me.
Who are some of the artists you want to work with this year?
I love strong minded females who aren’t afraid to challenge the norm, and there are a tonne at the moment who I’d love to work with, particularly in the UK. Artists like Raye, Anne-Marie & Dua Lipa sit pretty high on the list of artists I’d love to work with. I’d love to work with a killer girl group too like Little Mix.
What was your favourite song from things I learned the hard way and why?
I think it would have to be “Freedom.” It was the first song that I wrote specifically for TILTHW and creating it was one of those sessions where everything just comes so easily. I wasn’t trying to make anyone else happy or tick any boxes and as a result, I just made something I really loved. The vocalist who features on the song, Kirsten Joy, is an incredible talent who I’ve been singing together with for years, and so it felt special and significant to have her involved too.
Tell me about some of your upcoming projects?
I’m actually writing this from Los Angeles, so have really started the year off in an exciting place creatively. I’m working with a lot of newly signed artists back home in the UK, and am really looking forward to continuing my work with them throughout 2018 and seeing what we’re going to create together. There’s a lot in the pipeline that I’m excited about but, as always in this industry, you never truly know which doors are going to open until you see it happen.
What is your goal for this year?
Ah, good question. There are many, but I’m learning that it’s important to keep your goals to yourself and let the results speak for themselves, so I won’t go into specifics. In general, though my goal constantly is just to try and be better … that’s as a writer and as a person in general. So I’ll be working on that this year.
Things I Learned the Hard Way is available to buy or stream on all major platforms