DC-based electro-pop songstress Young Summer (aka Bobbie Allen) has had quite the year. Following the release of her stunning EP Fever Dream,  her brand of New Wave inspired indie-pop has struck a chord with crowds across the US, seeing her music repeatedly reach the top of the Hype Machine chart and grace hit TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Vampire Diaries, to name but a few. With her debut album SIREN just around the corner (it’s released on the 26 August so get the date in your diary!), I caught up with her to talk about what to expect from her new release, about her inspirations and her love for England!

YS: Music has always been on ever since I was little; it’s always been a huge part of my life. I don’t know life without music. I started writing purely from a curiosity standpoint of hearing someone else’s music and wondering if I could make music of my own. That’s how a lot of things come about for me. I’m very curious and I like to test my limits. I like to make sure I make myself uncomfortable quite a bit, it helps brush off the dust that settles on us.

MH: Different artists have different inspirations so where do you find your inspiration when you write?

YS: I find inspiration in everything – it often comes from visual artists and designers I’m a fan of. Takashi Murakami and Marc Jacobs are my go to artists when I am in need of creative adrenaline. It makes me feel motivated and compelled to create something and to challenge myself at the same time. As far as subject matter goes for my writing, I have notebooks upon notebooks and am always writing things down and drawing on life experiences I have or from people around me.

MH: I’ve read that you suffered from fairly serious stage fright earlier on in your career. How did you overcome that and would you say that you are now completely comfortable on stage?

YS: I forced myself to get on stage. I would tell my friends, who all would pile in where ever it was I was going to play…and by telling people I couldn’t back out. Patron Silver also played a big role in helping me get through the worst of my stage fright. Through time and practice, I now feel so much more comfortable on stage.

MH: You’ve recently announced that your album is due to come out later this summer and I’m definitely looking forward to it. What can we expect?

YS: Yes! SIREN will come out on August 26! It will be sonically similar to ‘Fever Dream’ and ‘Waves That Rolled You Under’ in terms of an 80’s synthy, New Wave influence. The lyrics, as always, will be as raw as ever. I’m so excited for everyone to hear it.

MH: Your cover of The Human League is quite frankly fantastic and you have done what many others fail to do and stamp your sound onto a classic. As funny as this sounds, why ‘Don’t You Want Me’?

YS: Great question. I knew it would be a challenge and I knew I had a great opportunity to really turn a classic on its ear. Also, the lyrics are haunting and after reading them, I had made up my mind that it was definitely the right choice. I wanted to take that song and make it sound like how the lyrics made me feel.

MH: What has been the funniest thing to happen whilst you’ve been on tour?

YS: It’s funny now, it wasn’t at the time. I booked a hotel for us while we were touring England in May and I didn’t realize the price was listed in GBP not USD. Every other place we stayed I made sure I looked specifically for that. I thought we were getting a great deal until we checked out and they offered to ring me up in USD. I nearly fainted. Lesson learned!

MH: If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

YS: That’s so hard. I would have loved to have seen The Carpenters or The Beatles in concert, both are MASSIVE influences for me. The Beatles, as I get older, become more and more important for so many reasons. I would travel back in time to see either one of them live.

MH: Any final words?

YS: I miss England! I was there in May and absolutely fell in love. My final words: ENGLAND! I LOVE YOU!

 

Make sure that you keep tabs with Young Summer on all good social media sites and, whilst you wait for SIREN to drop in August, she has kindly primed our eyes and ears with the “mesmerising” video for her new single “Taken” – check it out!