Newcastle electro-pop duo Talk Like Tigers are set to bring out a new track this month so Lee Allcock caught up with the two-piece to talk about the gender divide in music, supporting female artists in the North East, and what else they have planned for 2018.
You’re set to release your new single, ‘Fruit’, on Friday 24th August, so what can we expect in terms of its sound and lyrical content?
‘Fruit’ is about a game of love and lust and the pushing and pulling of temptation and secrets – it definitely has a lot of attitude. In parts of the song, we created a wall of sound to completely take over your ears with lush soundscapes including strings as we wanted to take the listener on an almost otherworldly journey.
The gender divide in the world of music, across all regions, is 70% male to 30% female which seems outrageous…so what do you feel can be done to help women bridge that gap?
We’d really like to see the music industry more balanced, so more funding, more opportunities, more open-mindedness and encouragement for women would be amazing. The more that girls see women in music roles – including production and live sound – the more they will see it is a possibility for themselves to achieve. The music industry is definitely male-dominated. There are some absolutely lovely men in music and we work with some of them, then there are others who assume you don’t write your own songs and have no musical knowledge. Sexism in music needs to be fully addressed. It’s about inclusion. A lot of music deals and networking happens in bars and it’s not always a place women feel included or comfortable, so a good starting point would be if men were more able and willing to recognise the talents and contribution women can make. Empower women. Celebrate women. Don’t be intimidated by them. It’s also important that women support other women in music as we are stronger together.
What do you feel can be done to support female artists in the North East music scene?
We think it would help if there were more women working in the music industry and live circuit here; it would be amazing if there were more women’s music groups and communities so that we can support each other. We have recently completed a We Create female songwriting course with Generator and it has given us this really close-knit supportive community of female songwriters to collaborate with – it’s actually been really life-changing.
And finally, what do you have planned for the remainder of 2018?
We have more releases to come and more gigs to announce. Keep an eye on our social media, follow us on Spotify and join our mailing list on our website at talkliketigers.com to get the latest updates.
For further information about Talk Like Tigers’ new single, ‘Fruit’, please head to talkliketigers.com.