A flourishing talent in the UK’s R&B scene, Pip Millett reveals her musical firsts to Notion.

With a sold-out UK tour under her belt, 4.5million views on her iconic COLORS show and Jorja Smith counting her as an artistic muse, Pip Millett has solidified her status as one of the most compelling voices in R&B today.

 

Following on from the success of her critically acclaimed tracks “Running” feat. Ghetts and “Hard Life”, Pip Millett reveals her highly anticipated new EP, ‘Motion Sick’, a culmination of the artist’s commentary on the state of the Black experience in the UK, as well as identity, loss, and female legacy all through the prism of jazz, boom-bap, and hip-hop.

 

Millett boasts a reputation for reflecting on political and social issues in a deeply thoughtful way, excavating her own personal experience for a rich resource of musical material. Speaking on the EP, which presents Pip’s thoughts on both the outer world as well as her inner life, she explains: ‘I have often felt lost when things around me have started to change. In recent times I’ve realised I’m simply “Motion Sick”. My core self is still there but without change, there cannot be any growth. ‘Motion Sick’ is about the various changes in my life. With this change, I have tried to find comfort in the simple things.’

 

With her EP around the corner, Notion grills the star on an array of her firsts, from her first instrument to her first gig and more.

First song you ever made?

Technically it would’ve been a song I wrote when I was super young and it was likely pretty awful.

First song you released officially?

“Make Me Cry”.

First CD or record you owned?

I’m too young for that! I remember cd’s being given as gifts but I had an iPod nano in primary school and before that an MP3 player with Paolo Nutini and Kings of Leon on it.

First time you realised you wanted to be an artist?

From a young age, I loved the idea of it but felt like it was out of my reach. I was super shy and everyone told me it was a really difficult career path but I went for it anyway and I guess probably over the past few years it’s gradually become more real.

First gig and first festival you went to? And the first festival you performed at?

First gig was either Rihanna or Paolo Nutini – both a great first gig. First festival I went to was either Camp Bestival or Solfest when I was about 11/12 – both were the same year.  The first festival I performed at was Manchester International this year for myself – however, I did perform at Boardmasters a few years ago with Franc Moody.

First time one of your dreams came true?

Probably as a kid getting a gift from Santa that was on my Christmas list!

First instrument you owned?

Bass guitar.

First time you felt like giving up?

When I was about 9 and gave up gymnastics because I was too shy to enter a competition.

First time you felt starstruck?

Seeing Beyoncé on stage.

First time you heard your song playing somewhere?

I heard “Love The Things You Do” playing at a bar in Islington once and that’s the only time I’ve heard my music out and about.

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