We can’t deny a bit (well, a lot) of bubblegum pop on our playlists. We caught up with pop’s latest punks, Cherryade, to chat guilty pleasures, dream collabs and what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017…
How did you meet?
Ella: We’re childhood friends so we’ve known each other for years. We met at school and bonded over our shared music tastes. Everyone else was listening to shitty indie bands, and we used to swap CDs and USBs of trashy pop stuff we loved and it all started from there.
Where did the name Cherryade come from?
Alex: We used to drink it with vodka before nights out and that’s when we started writing together for the first time… classy!
What does a day in the life of you guys look like?
Ella: We’re constantly writing and texting each other iPhone voice memos back and fourth, or coming up with video concepts and ideas for artwork.
Alex: We’re really ambitious so spend most of our time working, planning and chasing people up – pretty boring really.
When did you first realise you wanted to make music?
Ella: In the womb!
How would you describe your sound?
Ella: In your face, loud, fun and bold
Your new single ‘Get By’ has just dropped, what can we expect next?
Ella: We’ve got a buzz track coming out really soon, which is even more in your face than usual and really tongue in cheek.
Alex: We’re really excited about it – it’s a bit out there to say the least. After that we’re going to release something a bit more accessible and pop, but still very much us.
You produced and directed the video yourselves, what was the inspo behind it?
Ella: We wanted to do something a bit different and shocking that people wouldn’t expect, but also what fitted with the lyrics of the song. I actually wore an amazing red fur coat in the video that I got from Missguided.
Alex: We’re both quite visual people and want to try push the boundaries of what you can do within pop music, so we thought we’d go for it and not hold back.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
Alex: Agreed, she’s one of our biggest inspirations and always does her own thing. Producer wise, I’d love for us to work with Danja (Britney, Ciara, Nelly Furtado etc).
Who did you listen to growing up?
Ella: I stole my dad’s Lil’ Kim album when I was like 8…
Alex: Oh god… S Club 7…
What’s your guilty pleasure track?
Ella: Stacie Orrico’s – More To Life… there wasn’t much more to her career though…
Alex: Rachel Steven’s – Some Girls.
What’s the last album you listened to all the way through?
Alex: Charli XCX’s Number 1 Angel which is definitely not an album and is in fact a mixtape… apparently… it’s great whatever it is.
Ella: Probably Tove Styrke’s Kiddo album, if you’ve not heard of her you should definitely listen to it.
What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?
Ella: One of our songs was used on the US TV show Bad Girls Club which was really funny – they were dancing around naked in a hot tub whilst it was playing.
Alex: Being featured on the main page of iTunes under their new artist spotlight was pretty incredible.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve worked with so far?
Ella: We did some sessions with Ant Whiting who produced our favourite M.I.A. songs which was exciting. He’s lovely and the songs sound massive as well.
Alex: We’re hopefully going to release one of them shortly – I think it’s a big step up for our sound.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Alex: I really love Lao Ra’s Bala, and the new Tove Styrke single.
Ella: The new Dillistone single is amazing – we worked with him a while ago on a few songs and he’s the nicest person ever, plus he was babysitting a cute sausage dog at the time haha!
What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to break into the industry?
Ella: Pester everyone you want to work with, even if they don’t reply the first time.
Alex: We ended up working with some big names off the back of doing that, when ironically the smaller people didn’t bother replying… haha.
Ella: Stalking is also ok…
You can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what is it?
Alex: Britney’s Blackout – best pop album ever!
Ella: Probably The Book Of Mormon soundtrack… I’m not even joking.
Where can we see you perform next?
Ella: We’re playing our first London gig really soon, but it’s not been announced just yet… so keep an eye out!
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017?
Ella: We want to release as much music as possible this year – we’ve got so many big pop songs we’re sitting on that we can’t wait to release.
Wanna know more? Check out their insta @cherryademusic and listen to their new single ‘Get By’ on SoundCloud below…