Meg Hitchcock is a UK artist who has found herself firmly planted in the Byron Bay music scene whilst we are under international lock down.
The debut single of her solo project is called 'Hello Moon" and you can have a listen to the track on this epic playlist she has curated for our 'turned Up' playlist series. You can also watch the amazing video for the single below. 'Hello Moon' is very "80s Kate Bush meets Rocky Horror" a genre we did not know we were missing but one which we are huge fans of! A totally original and modern track influenced by the unashamedly epic emotion of 80s pop. With music like this Meg Hitchcock is very welcome to stay marooned in Australia!
You can listen to Meg’s ‘Turned Up’ playlist on our Spotify Profile
You can read Meg's thoughts on the playlist tracks below
I Feel Love - Donna Summers
This song opened me up to the world of Disco, I remember hearing it for the first time and being completely immersed in the beat and rhythm. Structurally it's quite a simple song with elements dropping in and out for different sections, but it is overwhelmingly compelling in the way it draws people in.
Spinning Away - Brian Eno, John Cale
I've seen Brian Eno described as 'the Godfather of ambient music' and for me, this song brings shivers through my body every time I hear it. When I was learning how to use Ableton, I had a playlist of a handful of songs on repeat that I wanted to get to know like the back of my hand, and this was one of them.
I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
Growing up I tried my hardest to not write songs about love and relationships, I found it predictable. It came to a point where I realised there was a reason for so many love songs, but they weren't all as boring as I once thought. When I explored the world of Prince I found that he gave me permission to write about love and desire in a funky charming way.
Like a Prayer - Madonna
Well, well, well. What can I say? This song to me is all time. I love the theatrical nature and euphoric ending. I aspire to write a song that possesses the same gumption.
Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac
This song taught me the power of storytelling and singing with the voice of our ancestors, the kind of sound that in country music they call 'crying.' It's a tool that when used well can transform a listener into a state of nostalgia.
Let It Happen - Tame Impala
The piercing, bodily vibrations that this song emitted when performed live was sensational. Again, it gave me something to aspire to. I'd love to emit that same sensual feeling through live music.
Seven Devils - Florence + The Machine
This song opened me up to the idea it's just as important to express my ominous side of music creation, I enjoy deep baselines that ripple through audiences and playing with the themes of god, fate and experience.
Bang Bang (1987 Version) - Cher
What a power ballad. This again ignited a need to be theatrical with my songwriting, it also helped that my parents were great at a good old car-sing-along. The mixture of rock 'n' roll with a strong vocal line is something that isn't often found in modern music... I'm hoping to bring a little touch of this back.
In Spite of All The Danger - The Quarrymen
This was one of the first songs I learnt on the guitar. I love the unusual chords progression and there's no doubt this has influenced a lot of my decision making when writing my own music.
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
When I was about 7 years old, myself and my close family friends heard Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time. In awe and disbelief at its length and unfamiliar storyline, we decided it were best to try and write down every single lyric (by listening to the track on CD over and over) and to learn it off by heart. We then went with our family to the country pub, popped the song on the jukebox and danced around the pool table using pool cues as microphones. I guess this taught me that there really are no boundaries with songwriting, you can do whatever you like, and maybe your strangest idea might end up being one of your most loved.