When speaking with Bishop Briggs it would be incredibly easy to overlook her British heritage, given her distinct lack of an accent. Laughingly Briggs says that is simply to “confuse everyone because my parents have thick Scottish accents,” but in truth she credits it to her years studying abroad at international school in Japan before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a music career.
The decision to move to LA is a story we’ve all heard before, but the journey that followed is what makes Bishop Briggs so interesting.
“I was very wide eyed and hopeful that LA was a place where dreams could potentially come true,” explained Briggs, “I learnt very quickly though that it can be very depressing.”
Luckily for Briggs though she managed to embed herself within a very supportive creative community which has seen her clock up over 40 million Spotify plays without ever releasing an album.
Although she has found immense success with single releases Briggs spoke to us about the desire to release an album in the future.
“We live in a really cool time now where you can release music as quickly or as slowly as you want. I do still feel like there will always be a place, perhaps just in the artists head, for albums though because it is a way to show what is happening in your life and a body of work that you’re proud of.”
This week Briggs will make her way down to Sydney as part of Splendour In The Grass, with a special sideshow in Sydney on Thursday. This tour is somewhat of a redemption tour in her eyes because the last time she was here was “during the lovely puberty stage and the photos are horrific.”
When speaking about the tour the excitement in Briggs’ voice was palpable.
“Oh my gosh, I can’t wait. I don’t think you can ever truely be prepared in the sense that it all has to be real and authentic. With that being said, am I rehearsing every day? Am I in the studio every day? Yeah!”
Having battled through the hardships of breaking into the music industry in the entertainment capital of the world Briggs is never one to complain as she knows all to well the feelings of playing in “terrible venues” and working with “very unpleasant people.”
So with that in mind she should fit right in with us Aussies.
Jul 20, 8pm. Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. $45+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.oxfordartfactory.com