In conversation with Delilah Montagu
London based artist Delilah Montagu today releases her empowering brand new single Loud, out now on Columbia Records.
Loud was written in Los Angeles alongside Delilah’s new confidant and acclaimed producer Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak) just as the global pandemic we now all find ourselves a part of, was about to hit. It was here and in this moment where Delilah learned how to express herself, shifting from constant uncertainty and loss of self, to truly owning her story for the first time.
LISTEN TO LOUD HERE
Who are you and what is your profession?
My name is Delilah and I’m a singer songwriter.
How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term? How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?
It’s already affected the music industry hugely, especially the live aspect of it! But on a positive note, I definitely spent a lot of time over lockdown re listening to music that I haven’t listened to in years and discovering new artists.
How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?
I spent it in the countryside with my mum and girlfriend, and I almost wrote a whole album! I loved being able to write and create music from home – working with robin (Hannibal) via FaceTime wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! It was a very creative time for me.
Tell us something about yourself that is not on your resume.
I’m an awful baker but still attempt to bake weekly
We love your new single “Version of Me”, can you tell us more about it. What inspired you to make this tune?
Thank you. It was a very honest, vulnerable process of speaking everything that was in my head out loud, while robin wrote down what I was saying – that’s pretty much how the song came to be. I’m very proud of it it feels like my baby.
What do you want to tell with your music, and what themes are you exploring with your music?
Vulnerability, honesty and imperfection. I want to tell the truth.
What do you have in store for us next? Working on anything exciting to come?
Yes!! An album! And lots more singles, I couldn’t be more excited.
How was it working with top producer Robin Hannibal and what did you learn from the experience?
I learn a lot from Robin every day. He has taught me a lot about empowering myself, having confidence in my own abilities and structure around songwriting. He’s definitely the best mentor I have ever had and I feel grateful to have met him.
What is your story and how does it reflect in your work?
My story is one of change and discovery. I feel like I’m constantly learning new things and now that I’m more accepting of myself and confident in being myself it shows in my work – it’s very direct.
What does music mean to you and what made you start making music in the first place?
Music has saved my life so many times, it’s my way of processing and growing. Music is my home.