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Tich interview: 'I cried through a whole Britney concert'

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Tich press shot 2013.

After claiming her first Top 30 hit with 'Dumb' earlier this year, rising pop starlet Tich is hoping new cut 'Obsession' can do it all again.

Digital Spy caught up with the 19-year-old singer-songwriter to talk about her new single and found out that she once cried her way through a Britney Spears concert.

Hi Tich! Who were you obsessed with in order to write your new single 'Obsession'?
"It was actually a friend of mine and he wasn't quite aware that I was mildly obsessed with him. How awful! I would stare at him and he wouldn't be looking - like at the profile of his face and just think how beautiful and sculpted it was."

You Facebook stalked him didn't you?
"[Laughs] Yeah I did! And on Twitter."

Why did you choose it for your next single?
"I know exactly where the album is going and it's actually quite deep and has edgy moments in it. 'Obsession' is the poppiest of the whole album. 'Dumb' was quite poppy too, so now we'll be heading into the new phase of the album."

So the next single might be a ballad?
"The next single has got a lot more depth to it. It's not about love but another experience I went through. I think it's becoming a bit more autobiographical, which is what the whole album is."



Have you ever been obsessed with a popstar?
"There's been many. Danny Jones from McFly when I was younger, Britney Spears, then Tom Odell, and John Newman is now becoming my new one."

Have you ever met any of them?
"Yeah, I met Britney. Oh and Demi [Lovato]!"

What was it like meeting those two?
"Demi was incredible and I forgot how to walk after. I actually slid down the wall - I was so starstruck. I met Britney so long ago - it was on her 'Oops... I Did It Again' tour. She gave me her hat during 'Lucky'."

Was that a moment when you realised you wanted to be a popstar?
"I remember I was about 7 when I was watching her and I cried the whole way through. Not because I was so happy, it was because I was angry at her. I didn't understand how she got there. I knew she was amazing, but I didn't understand. I was in the crowd and I was like, 'How will I ever be that person?' I was just really angry thinking that should be me up there!"

One Direction fans are quite obsessive, but they've been nice about your YouTube covers of their songs.
"They've been really nice - I get some incredible support from them. I'm a fan and I think they're great, but I'm just singing their songs. I don't think I'm threatening in any way. I think they're one of the best fanbases and if you don't take the mick out of what they do or who they support you'll be fine. If you criticise or push them or their idols, then you will get punished!"

Tich promo image.


Have you had any bad experiences with trolls on Twitter as you've become more well-known?
"I'm not very controversial on social media and I don't want to be pushing people or saying something that could offend. I just talk to people that want to talk to me. I do sometimes read things and think, 'That's not very nice.' But it is what it is."

So far we've had two very pop singles from you. Is that a good reflection of your debut album?
"'Obsession' is the height of the poppiness. I absolutely adore pop music, but I studied classical music and used to love System Of A Down and Billy Talent. There's such a depth to my musical loves that 'Obsession' is certainly not the darkest or edgiest place I'll ever go. I want to show people what else I've got going on."

How did you find the transition between classical music and pop?
"It's always been there. From the age of 6 I was obsessed with Britney, but then I was also obsessed with Bach and Mozart. I never classically sang, it was just the way I studied piano. I could appreciate within pop songs a major reference to classical, chordally. Especially with Max Martin's stuff, there's actually quite a great comparison."

Your last single 'Dumb' shot up the iTunes chart when it was released - were you happy with its final charting?
"Yeah, I was so happy. For me, I'm one of the only pop acts to come out in years that hasn't come from a TV platform or have some feature to help. I haven't had radio really and so I was over the moon. It's all about fanbase for me and it showed I have an incredible fanbase. I'm going to keep going and it will keep growing hopefully."

Tich promo image.


You've toured with some big pop names like Olly Murs and JLS, but if you could go on tour with any popstar, which one would it be and why?
"I would honestly love to do a tour with Michael Bublé. For the fact that, when I went to see him everyone watching was so in love with music. It was just the most varied ages of people and I just thought, 'Wow, this is a lovely, lovely audience. It's so broad'."

Have you noticed your own fanbase broadening?
"The thing I'm so happy about is the fact I have got loads of girl fans. I really connect with teenage girls. I find it hard to connect with girls who are my own age as you can find it quite intimidating and scary, because that's how girls are. I think the fact that they trust me and I trust them is nice."

Is working in the music industry what you imagined it to be when you were an 8-year-old girl dreaming of being a popstar?
"No way. No, there are lots of politics - and I will always say that. Essentially it's looked upon as work. Sometimes I just bang my head against the wall and am like, 'I just want to do music'. You shouldn't be fighting for a reason to be told yes. There's been lots of setbacks, but there's also been lots of doors opening, so it's just a case of carrying on and fighting for it. It's not what I thought it would be, but it's certainly not a bad place to be. It's really exciting."

Tich's new single 'Obsession' will be released in the UK on August 18.

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