Following on from her recent smash hit ‘Remedy’ with Cowens Brothers, Electropop darling Tiggi Hawke is back with her brand new track ‘Alibi’.
We caught up with Tiggi to speak to her about this new single, and on 2018 being her biggest year yet.
T.H.E – Hey Tiggi! Welcome to T.H.E – Music Essentials. How has 2018 been for you?
Tiggi Hawke – Hiya! 2018 has been amazing, thank you, really better than I could’ve hoped for to be honest. I’ve been so lucky to work with some amazingly awesome people and have the best fans ever supporting me and my music. What more could I ask for?!
T.H.E – Your new single ‘Alibi’ is being termed as your strongest release yet! What is about it that makes it better than all your previous releases?
Tiggi Hawke – It’s definitely one of my most favourite songs I’ve released, it’s very different to Remedy (my previous single) which may make it stand out a bit more. I love the whole mix of the production and lyrics, it was written on a writing camp so has an amazing blend of all the people who worked on it, as well as my own. I love working with people, you bounce off each other and create something that I’m pretty sure I would never have come up with by myself!
T.H.E – How long has ‘Alibi’ been in the works? And what inspired the track?
Tiggi Hawke – Alibi was written on a writing camp in early summer and I just loved it from the get-go so I knew it was going to be released as a single for sure and I’m so happy it was sooner rather than later. As with most tracks, we lived with it for a bit and made little tweaks to it before it went through the mixing and mastering processes but it’s VERY similar to the demo. For me, Alibi is about an on-and-off relationship where you keep crossing the line between friends and something more, but rather than admit your feelings to each other and take that next step you’re always coming up with excuses as to why you nearly took the plunge again. It’s definitely something I can talk about first-hand!
T.H.E – Tell us about the music video. How was it working on it, and what is the message that you wanted to give with it?
Tiggi Hawke – I was so nervous! It was the first time I’d been in a video with someone else and I was genuinely terrified…! BUT everyone was so chilled and supportive and Harry was so friendly it was much less nerve-wracking than I thought it would be. The message is the beginning of a story that I’m hoping to carry on with my next releases, starting with Alibi as the on-and-off relationship, full of those ‘will they won’t they’ moments. It’s something I’ve experienced myself and as far as I know, from talking to friends and hearing people’s response to Alibi, I’m not alone!
T.H.E – I think we would be fair in saying that 2018 has been the biggest year for you so far. How does that make you prepare for 2019, in terms of charting your goals?
Tiggi Hawke – I think that’s very fair! I would 100% agree with you as well, this year has been a crazy whirlwind of ups and downs, with more highs than lows but you can’t have an up without down. I always have my long-term goal that doesn’t really change but my short-term goals are quite flexible. What I like to do is kinda sit down with myself at the end of the year and go through what’s happened and what I want to achieve next year, make a kind of wish list, and try and appreciate everything that’s happened this year. I have a habit of not doing that, not taking a moment to look at how far I’ve come and focused instead on what I didn’t do which is something I’m really trying to work on!
T.H.E – Lastly, which 5 artists in the industry would you want to collaborate with and why?
Tiggi Hawke – Only 5?! I’m joking, thank you for letting me have more than 1! Ok here goes; Abel Tesfaye would definitely be on my list, I love the way he expresses himself and his music just sticks with me.
I’d love to work with Ryan Tedder, I think his writing is next level and I’d just want to bask in his talent.
Kygo would be a dream, I mean, it’s Kygo. His music is so emotive and really pushes the boundaries of his genre which I admire so much.
Sia is an all-time hero of mine, I don’t know if I’d even be able to work with her if I was ever in a million years given the opportunity. I’d need at least half an hour for a solid freak out before I could even walk through the door!!
Lastly, but by no means least-ly, I have always wanted to work with the guys from Imagine Dragons, they’ve been on my list for a long long time and their songs really strike a chord with me (pun intended), their lyrics are amazing!