Caturday with Pip Blom

Katie Rawsthorne

This Caturday we chatted with Pip Blom about her latest single and ode to garage rock, Pussycat along with nostalgia, unapologetic attitudes and her favourite haunts in her hometown Amsterdam.

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You had a single out in March called ‘Pussycat’ that deviates somewhat from your previous music, you have to tell us some more about the inspiration for that.
I always start writing a song whilst doing something else. Most of the time I watch a documentary and I will just mindlessly start playing my guitar until I do something that stands out. It’s a funny process cause you’re not paying attention to what you’re playing, but when you do find something that’s really cool you’ll notice it immediately. When that has happened I stop watching the documentary and start working on the song. Lyrics always come last. With Pussycat I wanted to involve a lot of songs in the lyrics that I really like. So it doesn’t really have a theme, but if you read the lyrics closely you can find a lot of my favourite songs.
Your music feels incredibly nostalgic, are there any particular artists or eras that you feel have shaped the way you make music?
I grew up with a lot of different kinds of music. My parents have always been really up to date with cool bands. So we didn’t really listen to a lot of old bands. I mean, they did play some Blur, Iggy Pop, The Breeders and Hank Williams but also a lot of Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, La Roux and so many other new bands at that time. The rest of the band finds it really funny that me and my brother hardly know any of the Beatles’ songs.
Speaking of nostalgia, of all the band photos on the internet you are serving a very 80’s kodachrome aesthetic. Do you feel your music inspires your personal style or vice versa?
I love things that don’t look and sound too perfect. I’m not a fan of the whole polished, smooth look and sound. So I think you can definitely notice that in everything that we do online. It’s something I’ve never liked and I want to make stuff that I don’t even like myself haha.
Your music also seems very unapologetic, how do you combat people’s opinions of your work in order to remain true to yourself?
No, I make music for myself. Almost every single hour of my day is devoted to doing something with music. That’s possible cause I do something that I really like. If I would listen to other peoples’ opinions I would end up doing stuff that I don’t love doing and that’s something I don’t want at all. But I do need to say: I do listen to peoples’ opinions, it’s interesting to hear what people have to say. But you just need to pick out the stuff that you agree with and then try to fit that in your music.
With that in mind do you have any advice on keeping motivated?
I don’t think it’s difficult to keep motivated if you’re doing something you really like doing. Just make sure that that’s the case.
Coming from Amsterdam but having performed a lot in the UK how do you feel the music scene is different here than back home?
It feels like the UK has more of a bandscene than Amsterdam. There are a lot more bands and a lot more people that are really into bands. But I do feel that’s changing a bit at the moment in Amsterdam/the Netherlands. So that’s cool! I love the music scene over in the UK. It feels so vibrant.
How would you recommend a weekend spent in Amsterdam (and we know there’s a cat café)?
Haha, I would go to the Albert Cuijp, it’s a really nice market. Go to a show in Paradiso. Walk around, and go to a Febo.
And finally, where do you hope to see yourself and your music in five years?
I hope we’re still making songs, playing shows and hopefully we’ve played Glastonbury by then. That would be sick.

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