She’s been described as “gothic soul”, but British born singer-songwriter Quinn Archer likes to think of her sound as a soulful; where the lyrics can take on a dark persona at times, in the acoustic setting anyway. When she performs with her full band though, her music takes on a rock vibe. Music is something that Archer has always loved and remembers a house filled with the music of Fleetwood Mac and Dire Straits.
The thought of pursuing it as a career herself came much later. It was a dream that she had for the longest time that culminated one day when her father put her on a plane to Los Angeles and said to her “if you are brave enough to do this, I will support you”. This saw Archer sing back up for a few artists and even pursuing her own band calledJuliet’s Royal Blood, before finally deciding to focus on her solo career once the band disbanded.
Archer takes inspiration from the likes of Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Chris Cornell and Stevie Nicks just to name a few . Her pursuit of music is essentially an escape that can instantly take her back to a specific moment or person from the past. Archer especially likes how songs can mean different things to different people and this is something that comes across with her own music, such as her debut single Walk Through The Fire, that was released on 5 December 2013. Of the track, Archer says “that actually might be my only song to date that is not inspired by a relationship gone wrong”. It is the result of being asked to write something more “uplifting” and whilst it still maintains an emotional vibe, it’s about overcoming obstacles and hardships that life can throw at you; something that everyone can relate to in one way or another.
The majority of Archer’s tracks have a focus on relationships, but she does also take inspiration from something that just happens and hearing a piano or guitar riff from one of her writing partners can make her draw on old feelings. There is always an emotional drive behind any song that Archer writes and this is perhaps why others describe her sound as “gothic soul”. Her debut single is just a taste of what is to come, with Archer currently recording her debut EP as we speak. It will hopefully be ready to see the light of day in a few months, with no firm release date set yet.
Last year Archer had the opportunity to perform at the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace. She was on the same line-up as artists such as Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Eliza Doolittle and Tinie Tempah. Even now, Archer is still in disbelief that it even happened. One thing is for sure though; it’s an experience she is unlikely to ever forget. ForArcher, it feels like she has been on this musical journey for so long and it’s only now that things are starting to happen. She tries to enjoy every moment with dreams of winning a Grammy Award one day…no matter how far away it actually is. Once she releases her EP, Archer will be hitting the road for her very first tour. She is understandably excited, but is trying to keep that excitement at bay until she sees the tour dates in writing.
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