In this week’s edition of the interview series, I speak with talented singer/songwriter Abbey Scott. In our interview I discussed how she started her career, her break-out music videos, and her ground-breaking new live dating show Swipe Right.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with Ganzo13 Abbey! First off, where are you from?
Thanks for having me Gabriel! I am a born and raised California girl. I grew up in the Calabasas/Agoura area.
Let’s start at the beginning, where did your love for music start?
My love for music started at a very young age. My dad is a songwriter and wrote for amazing artists such as Air Supply, Selena, Barry White, etc. I grew up around music and I always knew that was what I wanted to do with my life.
You come from a musical family, was there ever a pressure to follow that career path? Did you feel like you had to do music over trying to become a doctor or teacher, etc?
Well it’s funny you say that, my dad tried to detour me from music because he knew how hard the business could be. He wanted me to do something else that was normal and so did my mom. My dad had a change of heart when he heard the kind of music I was writing and coming up with by myself. He immediately built a home studio and learned to produce music. We went on to write & record over 40 demos in our home studio.
What was the first song you ever wrote and what was it about?
The first song I ever wrote & recorded was called “Everything But My Heart,” I think. It was a love song or saying goodbye to someone that you love. I had just broken up with my high school boyfriend so I’m sure it had something to do with him.
As you’ve grown as an artist, what is it about pop music that made it the genre you wanted to focus on?
I fell in love with the genre of pop rock. I loved that Alanis Morrissette/Ashlee Simpson pop with an edge. I love pop music in general because it’s so infectious that you have to sing along even if you hate the song. With that being said, I wanted to make music that everyone would love but that’s impossible. So I decided to just make music that I loved.
As a singer yourself, what is the experience like writing a song for someone else? Do you find yourself wanting to tailor it to yourself too much or is it easier when you know it’s going to be performed by another person?
The difference between writing for yourself and writing for someone else is that you normally have the artist you’re writing for in the room with you so they kind of take the lead. They know how they want to sound and what they want to say. You just give your melody & lyric ideas and they hold onto the ones they like. When you’re writing for yourself you get to make any choices you want. And even when you write for another artist and pitch it to them like I have for Britney Spears and Fifth Harmony, you write with them in mind but you still have way more freedom to take chances then if the artist is in the room with you.
Your music video for “Everything I Love is Killing Me” is so much fun. It has a very 90’s Britney Spears vibe to it, what was the process of picking the theme for the video?
Funny you say that, I’ve heard that before. It definitely has a early Britney vibe and I love that about the song. It was not intentional at all, in fact we got the line “everything I love is killing me” from an old country song. We built the song and the track (music) around that hook lyric. The music video was the director Brett Munoz’s grand idea. His family owns a cool diner in Oxnard, CA and we decided to make a really cool music video from a waitress point of view of dealing with crazy customers.
There are plenty of bright colors and things going on in the video, which part was your favorite to shoot?
My favorite part of the music video would have to be the bridge where I’m struggling to get past all the people in the crowd. It was my vision and the director was nice enough to let me see my idea through. Then of course right after where we break into a choreographed dance and we taught the entire crowd of people the choreography, which was very simple because I’m not a trained dancer myself. Even though big shout out to the two other waitresses in the video, they are trained dancers and they’re amazing!
In your video “LaLa World” we see you living a quite the charmed lifestyle. Obviously I have to ask, as a beautiful blonde girl who sings and writes in Los Angeles, how much is your daily routine is actually like the one in the video?
LaLa World is kind of a mock music video. I was almost making fun of that typical blonde LA, ditzy girl image that everyone has. There are a lot of spoiled, young LA girls that live that kind of lifestyle and get everything they want without working for it and I just wanted to poke fun at it because they are absolutely living in a LaLa World. Hey, we all are in some-way. Side Note, that is not my lifestyle. I’m super down to earth and real… especially for being an LA girl!
Apart from music, we see that you’re doing more work on Periscope hosting a very different kind of dating show. How did that idea come about to live host the dates of real people?
Yes, I was approached by a couple different live stream apps to host my very own show. I came up with this dating show called Swipe Right which is all about this new wave of dating via Tinder/Bumble. I envision the show on a bigger platform like MTV or VH1 as an actual dating show but for now I’m hosting it on a live stream platform.
Will we see you sharing one of your personal dates anytime soon?
Absolutely! I am first to admit that I’m on tinder and bumble. Do I take it serious? Not really, but I’m open to asking and figuring out if you can find a real relationship or love on Tinder. I will live stream one of my dates soon. I would preferred to just be the host of the show but for content purposes I often talk about my experiences & the process of dating through my eyes!
Finally, what other projects do you have in the works to finish 2016?
I am continuing to work on new music and right for artists and bands. I recently wrote with the band “After Romeo” who are an up-and-coming boy band. I am definitely going to be live streaming my dating show and hopefully pitching it to some networks by the end of the year. I love entertaining & creating whether it be music, a show idea or hosting! There’s never a dull moment in Abbey’s LaLa World ; )
Thank you so much for your time Abbey! Where can fans follow you on social media to keep up with everything you have going on?
Thanks for having me Gabriel, you’re amazing! I’m literally on all social media, you can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @abbeyscott1. My official Facebook page is @abbeyscottmusic and for more pictures, music and info you can visit my website at www.abbeyscott.com