RENDEZVOUS: A Quick Catch Up With Pip Blom
"I always struggle to write lyrics about my own life, so I tend to find other subjects through books, documentaries or movies that I'm reading or watching."
Amsterdam's Pip Blom make addictive lo-fi pop-rock that gets stuck in your brain for days. In fact, they might just be our new favourite band. We had a quick catch up with lead singer (Pip Blom) to chat about their latest single, working with Mozes and the Firstborn, being compared to Courtney Barnett and more.
Please press play before you read on. Beware, it's catchy.
How long have you been making music as the band Pip Blom?
Our first shows were on 30th June, 1st July and 2nd July 2016. We organised them ourselves. They were in a small rehearsal space in the basement of a hotel. I don’t think I've never been so nervous! I was terrified.
Your songs are often very catchy. Do you have a formula for this or does that just happen naturally?
Well, thank you! No, I don't have a formula for it. I just try to come up with things that I like. When they get stuck in my own head I know that I've found a good chorus/verse/bridge.
Can you tell us a little bit about the recording process for your most recent single ‘I Think I’m In Love’?
I worked with Raven Aartsen (from Mozes and the Firstborn) on our most recent single. I had made a demo version of the song at home. Raven, Tender (lead guitarist) and I went to a rehearsal space to practise the song and to try different adjustments that Raven had come up with. After two days of practising we were happy with the song and we went into the studio to record it. It was pretty organised, we knew which parts we wanted to record and we only had one day so we had to work pretty quick. It was my first time in a real studio so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really liked it and had lots of fun!
We’re big fans of Mozes and the Firstborn too. How did you guys end up working together?
It was really nice. We have the same way of working which is great - that helps a lot. Raven heard one of our songs through a common friend of ours. He was very enthusiastic and he messaged me to say that he would love to work together. I was a bit hesitant because I really loved his band and I was afraid that I would be too shy to work with someone else. But we had a great connection so everything turned out fine. We had lots of fun whilst working on ‘I Think I'm In Love’.
Much of your work seems to explore the anxieties associated with love, relationships and growing up in general. Is there an overall message you’re trying to convey with your music?
Not really, I always struggle to write lyrics about my own life, so I tend to find other subjects through books, documentaries or movies that I'm reading or watching. There isn't really a message that I'm trying to convey, but of course, there are certain subjects that are more on my mind than others.
When I first heard you I thought there was an air of Courtney Barnett-esque honesty and lyricism. There are also a few Courtney Barnett comparisons floating around online. Do you like/agree with that comparison?
This is a difficult one. I love Courtney Barnett. I like her songs, I think she's very cool and I admire her in general. That being said, I'm not really a fan of comparing music/being compared to. I think Courtney Barnett is a lot better than I am so whenever people say, ‘Do you know Pip Blom? She sounds a bit like Courtney Barnett.’ I think, ‘Ah, people are going to be extremely underwhelmed when they hear my songs’. Of course, it's probably not always the case, but comparing people to other really big artists is always difficult.
Who are some local artists from Amsterdam that you’re loving at the moment?
You just played The Great Escape in Brighton. How was that?
So much fun, we played two shows. Both had capacities between 350 and 400, which is huge for us. I was afraid that no one was going to turn up but both shows were pretty busy. I especially loved our first show at the Komedia, we accidentally missed our sound-check but the sound on stage was so good. I think it was one of my favourite shows ever.
Should we be keeping an eye out for more Pip Blom releases in 2017?
Definitely! If everything goes according to plan we will be releasing at least two more singles in 2017!
Finally, you obviously have an ear for music. How do you go on the dance floor?
I'm terrible at dancing, and most of the time way too shy to do it. But sometimes, with the right music... I love it.