Just like her music which commands you to move around, Jess “Biig Piig” Smyth “moved around a bit” when she was younger. Spending most of her childhood in Spain, where “the people have such a colourful way about communicating”, Smyth later moved to Ireland at the age of twelve, before moving again, this time to London, at fourteen.
‘I REALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH MAKING MUSIC’
Moving around so much also meant moving schools, which made it difficult to make friends for Smyth until she was a lot older. However, there’s a silver lining – because it was when she first moved to London, out school and cooped up in her bedroom for four months, that Biig Piig “really fell in love with making music”. Her love for acoustic artists such as Leonard Cohen, Lewis Watson and Ben Harper blossomed as she became “fascinated with the emotion they put in their lyrics”.
However, if you were to press play on tracks like “Vice City”, “Sex” or any other the singer/songwriter’s brilliant tracks, you’ll notice that Biig Piig combines those organic, acoustic undertones with the sharp, vibrant atmospherics of Hip Hop. Recalling the precise moment when she realised that “Hip Hop was where I needed to be”, Smyth details how she “grabbed the mic without thinking and starting jamming” over a beat that was playing. The rest as they say, is history.
‘I WANT TO BRING BACK A GROOVE AND GIVE THEM THAT FEELING OF SHAMELESSNESS TO LET GO AND EXPRESS THEMSELVES… TO GET A LITTLE LOST IN THE MELODY’
When it comes to creating music however, it’s clear that there’s a balance in being spontaneous with the instrumentation as melodies “just come naturally” whilst the process of songwriting is more calculated to “translate my emotions fluently”. This is what makes Biig Piig’s music that extra bit special: as the chilled-out production and breezy delivery elevates and frees you whilst maintaining an honest and personal sentiment through the words intoned. Biig Piig doesn’t want you to feel “like you’re not invited to chill out and bop along” but rather, she wants to give you “that feeling of shamelessness” and “get lost in the melody”.
Currently working on a new EP with a few low-key gigs coming up later this year, we can’t wait to hear what Biig Piig has in store for us next! But, whilst we (and you) patiently wait for the new material – check out Biig Piig’s magnificent performance of “Vice City” for her COLORS show.
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