Interview with Pippa Scott

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Pippa Scott, is a captivating singer-songwriter that effortlessly blends genres to create an immersive music experience. Her unique sound fuses pop, R&B, and soul, drawing inspiration from her personal journey and mental health battles.

Her profound lyrics explore self-discovery, empowerment, and self-love. Recognized at 16 on the BBC show “A Star For A Night,” Pippa pursued her passion, studying at The University of Manchester and training at Broadway’s “Circle in the Square Theatre School.” She also honed her classical singing skills with esteemed Opera singer Leah Field in Vancouver, now refining her abilities with renowned Chelsea Laing.

Have you always been interested in music? Was there a particular song / performance that made you say “Woah! I want to do that!”?

Chersea (my song writing partner and singing coach) showed me this performance of Jessie Mueller performing at the Tony’s “She Used to Be Mine” from the hit Broadway Musical “Waitress”. The vocal techniques she employs are insane and the level of emotion intoxicating. I can’t stop watching her. I want to express that level of vulnerability when I perform one day. And belt like that too!

What does your music say about you?

That I’m an imperfectly perfect human! That I dream about being loved, wanted and a place to belong one day. That I am not afraid to say out-loud how achingly beautiful and yet so so hard this life is. I openly share my story as an artist who has BPD (borderline personality disorder) and two young kids on the spectrum. Every day is a struggle to constantly regulate my emotions and it is worth it. Connection is the single best thing about being alive and trying to find it through music is at the heart of my songs. We all want to feel seen, understood and heard and this symbiotic relationship between artist and audience is so vital. It has saved me so many times when I turn my music on and listen to artists who share their hearts too.

If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?

I would love to open a show for Adele or Sara Bareilles. Any woman who shares a part of their heart and soul with their audience is someone I truly admire. You can just feel the level of vulnerability and that translates to a deep intimacy that they are prepared to share with their fans. It’s a really special thing!

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What is your creative process like?

I meet up with my co-writing / producing partner Chersea and we just start chatting about themes, shit I am going through. Things I want to give a voice to. I am a storyteller at heart. It is how I also used to express myself with my camera. We look back at my previous songs and find a common thread to carry through. After we land on an emotional theme Chersea will allow herself to feel into what music speaks to that. Once we have some music then we start throwing around lyrics and see what sticks and what doesn’t. I have learnt so much from Chersea and each time the process becomes more intuitive. As long as it feels genuine and real to me then it works.

What is the best advice you have been given?

To try and neutralize the positive and the negative feedback and to only take something on if you hear it multiple times over.

For example, if someone tells me that they love my voice – instead of fixating on it I just think that’s lovely and move forward. This is very important as when someone says something negative to me you also have to go ok that’s their opinion and just kinda neutralize it for yourself. That saying – “you can’t please everyone” is so accurate and you will lose the best parts of yourself as an artist if you start trying. The point is that any external feedback that can threaten how you show up authentically in your music is not going to serve you or your audience in the future. Neutralize neutralize neutralize!

If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?

“I’m trying. Be Kind”. So much of what we experience is in our mind. It’s an internal thing. We can be working harder than we have ever worked before and not a single person around us might notice that. Sometimes it feels like what others do notice is when to be blunt we fuck up. They have no problem telling you about it too. When that is your external feedback loop you can start to feel like maybe you are failing but we all have our own filters and ways of seeing the world and although that can cause tension and conflict it is also an amazingly wonderful thing. It gives us the ability to learn and challenge ourselves and with that comes so much growth but growth can be painful and scary and most importantly messy. So, as I master trying to be the best version of myself I can – please be patient and kind and I will try to do the same.

You are a new addition to a crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

Pink. A sparkly pink. I know we have some BS in society about what are acceptable boys and girls colours. I mean even typing that sounds so ridiculous. Humans are so strange sometimes!! 😉 My son loves pink and sparkles too because it is a joyful and happy colour. That is also why I love it.

What would be a good theme song for your life?

I would also claim the Ally McBeal theme song “Searchin’ My Soul (Vonda Shepard). At high school my nickname was Ally after her and this song resonates with me ” It really speaks for itself so I will let it… “Baby I have been holding back now my whole life. I’ve decided to move on now. Gonna leave all my worries behind. Oh, I believe I am ready for what love has to give. Got myself together now I’m ready to live. I’ve been searchin’ my soul tonight. I know there’s so much more to life. Now I know I can shine a light. To find my way back home.”

What makes you nostalgic?

Music. I turn on a song or an album and close my eyes and I can feel people and places and how I felt at certain times in my life. The kind of trip I can actually afford to take these days haha.

Tell us what your ideal partner might look like if you could order one from “Partners R Us”

Wow, so much better than Tinder and Hinge etc… 😉 Let’s see…Someone with a good heart. Someone who is also very flawed like me but they recognize and see areas they need to improve on and they actually work on themselves. They own their own stuff and don’t try to pass it off as yours. There is nothing sexier than a man who says “hey I have these flaws and I know they are mine to work on and I am actually working on them.” Wow now that is attractive!! To me when someone has good emotional insight, awareness and culpability then you are safe. You can never be safe with a man who doesn’t see or own what is his. That is true of a man or a woman. I own my stuff too!

What If

Partnering with Chersea, Pippa delves into the complexities of self-love through their songs. Their collaboration seamlessly blends Pippa’s soulful vocals with Chersea’s innovative production, resulting in captivating music. Their single “What If?” embraces self-prioritization and surrendering control. As her career soars, Pippa’s partnership with Chersea remains integral to her creative journey, crafting music that resonates deeply with listeners. With unwavering passion, undeniable talent, and heartfelt lyrics, Pippa leaves a lasting impact on the music industry and her fans.

“The single is one that I think many can relate to. The heartbreaking reality of loving someone who for various reasons isn’t able to show up for you the way you desire. The first part of the single is the mistake many of us make where we turn ourselves into pretzels trying to have the love fully realized only to be disappointed repeatedly. By the end of the song there is hope and a shift to a realization that the power instead lies within and in choosing to prioritize and love ourselves. The art of surrender -letting go of control which is just an illusion anyway.” – Pippa Scott.

What If? (Official Music Video)
“What If?” is about the heartbreaking reality of loving someone who for various reasons isn’t able to show up the way you need. But even with this heartbreak, there is a realization that you have the power to prioritize and love yourself.

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