April is the Irish dream-pop singer who should be on everyone’s radar

Words By Tina Summers

15 minutes with the Irish muso.

Irish singer-songwriter April makes dreamy indie-pop that’s seeing her take over the airwaves on this great big marble we call earth. Having grown up in a super musical house (her dad played in a Johnny Cash cover band!) she began songwriting at just 10 years old.

She found success posting demos and covers to Soundcloud, and just a couple of short months ago released her first single ‘The Impossible Task Of Feeling Complete’. (It received amazing reviews, with BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart calling it the ‘chillest record in the world’).

Now that her first-ever EP New Conditions and the catchy single ‘What I’d Do For You’ are out, we caught up with the promising 21-year-old to get to know her a little better.  

How would you describe your music to someone who’s not heard it before? 

I guess I could describe it as ‘dreamy indie-pop’. 

Could you tell us about your songwriting process?  

It changes, but I find I write best when a friend or someone writes some nice guitar or piano bits and then the lyrics just come to me.

You’ve just released your first EP! Congratulations. What have been the most (fill in the blank) parts about the journey so far?

Surprising?  The amazing response. 

Difficult?  Nothing has been difficult thus far, thankfully.

Rewarding? Seeing people connect to the songs.

Fun? Going on tour with Alec Benjamin and experiencing new countries.

Weird? People wanting autographs and taking pictures with me after a show.

Who are some of your musical heroes and why? 

Lana Del Rey because she is an inspiring female artist and her lyrics influence my songwriting. Mac Miller because of his incredible musical ability and honest lyricism.

How do you think growing up and creating music in Ireland has influenced your approach to music? 

When I was young I used to think that I couldn’t be successful in music because I had only seen American and UK artists making it in music. As I grew older I grew out of that idea and I discovered incredibly talented Irish artists like Kojaque and Rejjie Snow and I realised it doesn’t matter where you’re from. The Irish music community really supported me and welcomed me with open arms from minute one and I owe thanks to them for giving me exposure.

If you could collaborate with one artist on the planet, who would you choose and why? What would it sound like? 

Myself, Tyler, The Creator and Frank Ocean on a track together because I’ve always been obsessed with both of these artists. I would say they are my top fave artists. 

I read that your father really helped to grow your interest in music. Can you tell us a bit about that? 

Yeah, I grew up listening to him write songs and was always surrounded by music. I started singing with him in his band as a child and he always taught me to believe in my talent.

What star sign are you? 

Aries. I don’t really believe in astrology per se, but I guess it kind of rings true for me.

Where would you like to be in ten years time? 

In ten years I’d like to feel accomplished in my career. I would like to have toured the world and made lots of music that I love!

What’s next for you? 

It’s hard to know when I can play shows again but I would like to think I will have my first headline show and get another support slot for a tour. And there’s another EP in the works, coming soon!

Listen to April’s latest EP ‘New Conditions‘ here. 

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