Billie Marten does not appear to put on her cloak of youth frivolously.
“I am 19 years previous – it is the worst factor about me,” she says when requested her age.
Increasing on this, she says: “I suppose it is simply the response while you say you have not even hit your 20s but.
“Most individuals’s perceptions of you instantly change as a result of they know you have not been on this planet very lengthy. There is a tendency to say, ‘Oh, she’s only a lady and she or he does not know what she’s doing.'”
Quite the opposite for this teenager, who launched her first EP having simply turned 15, along with her first album following two years later.
She’s now releasing extra materials – with a second album on the way in which – stuffed with the teachings a lifetime of touring, couch-surfing in London, and dealing in a charity store has taught her.
‘I hate being a bag girl’
“The primary album was extra about how endearing and the way thrilling every little thing was and the way I simply LOVE London,” recollects Marten, who hails from close to Ripon in North Yorkshire.
“This one is a little more frank, the songs are loads easier. It is extra of an insular album,” says the songwriter.
This maybe displays what she describes because the “disruptive” expertise of staying in different individuals’s homes – on spare beds and sofas – and by no means having a spot of her personal. “Like a stray pet,” she provides.
“I hate being a bag girl – and I am all the time that individual. Carrying guitars and carrying baggage. And it makes me fairly anxious.
“So simply to have one key and one mattress to come back to has been actually good for me,” she says, having just lately rented her personal place in east London.
It is important, nonetheless, that when requested the place she is happiest she says: “Residence.” After which clarifies that she means along with her dad and mom in Yorkshire.
The singer admits she suffers from seasonal affective dysfunction (SAD) – a sort of melancholy that’s typically linked to shorter autumn and winter days. And says she is extra affected by the situation residing within the metropolis.
“I hate when the snow goes black – that is a extremely horrible factor for me. I hate it. Winter within the metropolis is a lot worse for me. Winter within the countryside is barely higher.
“Within the metropolis everyone’s nonetheless grafting and dealing, heads down, and there is not any communal love,” she says.
“Once I go dwelling we’re all depressing however we’re all in it collectively, whereas right here you are left by yourself loads. The Tube sucks and it is all the time darkish. It is more durable.”
Her newest launch, Blue Sea Purple Sea, was written by Marten on a wintry day, after having simply moved to London.
‘I used to be utterly depressing’
The track, in Marten’s signature lyrical, folksy type, feels like somebody making an attempt to persuade themselves – and everybody else – that they’re completely nice, thanks very a lot: “I am a fish in a blue sea, and I prefer it/I do not, do not want you to like me,” run the lyrics – set to an upbeat tempo.
However later strains -“This snow is falling heavy/Want my mom would come and get me” – considerably give away the lie.
“I used to be working on this pub and was utterly depressing,” the singer remembers. “So I made a decision to sit down and write the happiest, easiest pop track I might.”
Marten says music is not all the time key to getting herself out of a dip although: “I’ll flip to baking or one thing fairly homely and nostalgic for me. Or strolling is a large assist. I am going to simply stroll for 2 to a few hours and get misplaced.
“Your angle to every little thing modifications – to different individuals. You get very bitter, very resentful of individuals’s lives if they don’t seem to be affected by it – which is not a pleasant trait to have.
“Most psychological diseases do this. They isolate you – relatively than make you need to settle for different individuals’s love or your individual love.”
So relatively than flip inwards, Marten has turned outwards. Few youngsters – and even fewer artists within the music trade volunteer as soon as per week at a charity store.
“I give up the pub as a result of that was simply ruining my life,” she says. “And that day I walked previous Disaster in Finsbury Park. They have a extremely good charity store there and there was simply this little signal within the window that stated, ‘We actually want volunteers’.”
The singer says the volunteer work there may be “fulfilling” and it is clear she is impressed by what she finds on the store – but additionally that she makes use of it as a remedy of kinds.
“I like the concept of strolling into this communal haven. There’s simply this enormous ethos of onerous work and giving.
“Many of the volunteers have such busy lives. A few of the volunteers have three or 4 youngsters and so they need to kind childcare simply to allow them to do that for 4 hours a day. There is not a nasty soul in that constructing – it is good.”
‘No one’s you’
Maybe it is a few of these experiences which have helped Marten come to phrases along with her youth.
“My youth?” she asks. “It is fading,” she says with amusing. “I do really feel much more drained than I ought to, that is for certain.
“I am slowly studying to care much less. I envy lots of people who don’t have any self-doubt or do not analyse something.
“However my motto is: No one’s you,” she says echoing the lyrics of her earlier single, Hen. “Once I did my first gigs, my dad used to say that to me and stated if no-one reveals up, it is nice.
“It is a common sense of simply do your factor. I say it to myself on a regular basis: No one’s you and do not suppose an excessive amount of about it.
“It really works, I promise.”
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