holly låpsley fletcher delayed her dreams of being the next david attenborough to make music

Holly Låpsley Fletcher created a bidding war once labels heard the Liverpudlian's brilliantly textured productions on Soundcloud. They - and we - fell crazy in love with songs like the stirring Station and Falling Short, in which the 18 year-old...

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Mar 13 2015, 12:50pm

I just moved to London from Liverpool so…
I like to keep myself busy. I'm five minutes away from the studio, so I'll just totter down there. I moved here when I was 17, because there's a studio here so I don't have to pay. I'm really close to my manager and team, and whenever I have low days, they're very good at picking me up.

I write and sing and produce because…
I don't feel like I can do a track that I've not written or produced myself, because it's not authentic. Like, fair enough, I might write for other people, and that would be Holly Fletcher, but Låpsley is a project that is only me.

I started producing…
Last Christmas on GarageBand. I came from a very classical background, but I listened to electronic music; I was really into techno, since I was 14, and then somehow met in the middle - this mix of classical background and heavy electronic.

My Granddad is…
A New Orleans jazz trumpeter; it's a genre of jazz. Every time we go over for meals, he'll whip out the trumpet and play us a tune. We have quite a difficult relationship. I suppose he's very posh or whatever but our relationship has become stronger through our similarities.

Quite a few labels wanted to sign me…
It was jokes. I never went into this to be a musician; I'm an artist. I uploaded music onto SoundCloud because I have family in Chicago and it was easier to put it on SoundCloud and send it to them. And then suddenly people are like, "Would you like to sign to Polydor?" and it's just like "Nah, I want to go to Bristol and do Geography, and then I want to work for National Geographic." Then I was like fuck it, I've been offered this, I might as well give it a shot for a few years.

I love volcanos…
And rivers. My Dad is a leader in sustainable development around the world, so he's always taking us places and got us really involved in water processes. I love National Geographic and I've always wanted to create my own short films and stuff. I wanted to do a geography degree and then make programs - like present them and do the visuals and everything that goes with it. Now it's a bit different, but I still have that passion.

I make music because…
I'm a very loud person, but at the same time quite introverted when it comes to my own feelings. The only way I feel I can express them - and I've had a lot of things going on throughout my life - is probably through music, even though that sounds really cliché.

Adele came to my show in London…
I suppose it's nice. Yeah, it's cool. I'm not arsed. If people like my music, or it they don't like it, I don't have an issue. I obviously really respect her as an artist, and hopefully she liked it.

My plans for 2015 include…
Releasing some more music but when it's ready. I don't feel the need to get shit out because I want to keep my quality control really high. I'd rather not release anything than release something that I think is below par.

The first record I bought was…
A vinyl of Fleetwood Mac when I was about six. I grew up with my Mum listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac and Kate Bush, but then she was also heavily into trance. It was really weird. She does triathlons and stuff so she listens to Kate Bush during the day, and then when she's on the rowing machine or whatever, she's got fucking Euphoria 2003 on. My parents are very eccentric and musically they listen to a wide range of things, they heavily influence me. My Dad is a massive fan of The Smiths and The Cure and Joy Division.

If I were stranded on the moon for eternity, I would want the entire catalogue of…
Bon Iver … 

beamed to me because…
I love his music. I love the chord progressions, I love the layers, I love how he has done stuff with the Volcano Choir. I think he's really talented. Musically, I think he's a genius.

My karaoke song of choice would be…
Lamar 50/50. I was a massive fan. I love Lamar.

The song I'd like played at my funeral is…
Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, My Solitude. That means a lot to me. I might cry at my own funeral if that was played.

The three biggest influences on me as a musician are…
1) My parents 2) Spotify. From like the age of fourteen it's been all 'related artist' - I should have been in A&R. I listen to so much. 3) Kate Nash because my parents took me to see her when I was in Year Seven. I was like "Oh my god! A girl! Doing her own shit." That was a big influence.

I'd really like to collaborate with…
Ludovico Einaudi. Dev Hynes would be interesting. James Blake, obviously, because we're going to get married. And I really like Vondelpark.

The track that best sums me up is…
Station. But the stuff I've released now is definitely not the full picture of who I am as an artist. I think, post-EP, once you've listened to the full-collection, then you can decide whether you like me or not.

My celebrity crush is…
The lead singer of The Foals, and then I grew taller than him, and now it's a bit…

I bring my womanhood to music…
Which sounds a bit weird to say but women think in a different way to men, and this genre is very male dominated. So, my opinions and the way I approach talking about things is very different to guys. And I suppose, individually, everyone comes from very specific backgrounds, and mine's more classical and techno. So definitely a woman's perspective and world of deepness.

Something else you should know about me is that…
I have a boat called Theodore, and I sail. I was in the nationals when I was a lot younger, I've got all the sailing qualifications. I've sailed across the channel, taking disadvantaged children, stuff like that. I love sailing.

For 2015, I'm tipping…
Shura. Fair enough it's not that deep, it's a bit of fun, but we need that. I always whack it on in the morning. It's like when La Roux came along, and it was like 'Yay'.

@musiclåpsley

Credits


Text Hattie Collins
Photography Matteo Montanari
Styling Max Clark
Hair Kei Terada at Julian Watson Agency
Make-up Jenny Coombs at Streeters using NARS
Photography assistance Nicholas Riley Bentham, Nicola De Cecchi
Styling assistance Bojana Kozarevic, Kristofj Von Strass
Hair assistance Takuya Uchiyama
Make-up assistance Mona Leanne
Production Joe Streeter at Streeters London