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Inbox Interviews: Eliza May (Alt Indie Pop)

By combining groovy, upbeat instrumentation with a contagiously catchy, well convicted vocal - Eliza May certainly provides a refreshing spark of sunshine to the Alt Indie/Pop worlds.

Her latest EP 'The Fall' showcases a unique blend of influences ranging including Corinne Bailey Rae, Tori Kelly and Paramore. We caught up with the Birmingham based singer songwriter to find out more...

Birmingham Based Alt Indie Pop Artist Eliza May

So why the name Eliza May?

I decided to go with the name Eliza May because I wanted to have a stage name that was still linked to me. I also wanted it to be a catchy name that people could easily remember so I chose to use my middle names.

If you had to explain your sound in just one sentence, what would it be?

I'd say my sound is Alternative Indie Pop; think Tori Kelly meets Frank Turner and Skinny Living.

What do you play?

As well as being a singer/songwriter, I also play guitar, saxophone, clarinet and keys. I'm currently trying to write songs where I can bring out my saxophone or clarinet so I have an excuse to play them live.

When did you start making music?

I've been singing since the age of three years old, but I actually started writing and making my own music around the age of eleven. From eleven years old onward I was writing a lot, trying to find my sound and at the age of seventeen I wrote Fading Away. It was my first song that sounded exactly how I wanted it to so when I was releasing my EP The Fall, I made sure that track was on there.

What have been your best moments as a musician so far?

There have been many amazing moments in my career as a musician, but there are two moments which really stand out for me. Playing Brighton Pride 2018 alongside my best friend and drummer Jakob Biddle, and performing inside the O2 in London.

Brighton Pride was a really big moment for me because it was the first big festival I'd ever played and it was also the same weekend as my twenty-first birthday. To be able to play my songs to such a lovely and accepting audience was a wonderful feeling and to do this alongside my best friend for my twenty-first birthday was such an amazing experience.

Being invited to perform inside the O2 in London was another one of my favourite moments too, because not only was I able to play inside a huge venue that most musicians dream of playing, but it was for such a good cause as well. Nordoff Robbins is the UK's largest independent music therapy charity so to be able to raise money and aw