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In The Spotlight // GIRLI

‘In The Spotlight’ offers the chance to get to know the acts we are most excited for in 2021.

GIRLI 2021

Photo: Haris Nukem

You’ve heard about some of the artists that we’re most excited for this year. Now, get ready to hear from the artists themselves as we shine a spotlight on their personality, the year just past, and their most anticipated musical artists. This week, we catch up with GIRLI, the London-based, queer alt-pop queen who writes angsty, feminist anthems about falling in and out of love, break-ups, and taking no shit from anybody. She first gained recognition with the well-known Hot Mess EP, and has since built a community of like-minded people. Her most recent ventures include the bad bitch Ex Talk EP, and the queer love song More Than A Friend, which takes us back to old-school GIRLI. It’s as a result of these new anthems that we wanted to get inside GIRLI’s head by asking her our infamous ‘In The Spotlight’ questions…

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Trying to take all your cluttered confused feelings and thoughts, and put them in a song in such a way that some kid on the other side of the planet will listen and be like, “hey, i feel that like too.”

Are there any behind-the-scenes stories of recording your new single More Than A Friend or your Ex Talk EP that you can share with us?

Every song I wrote for Ex Talk, and same when I wrote More Than A Friend, began with basically a therapy session to whoever I was writing the song with that day. Luckily, I only really write with people who I consider my friends, so I don’t care about them judging me when I give them my whole life story before we write a song. I wrote More Than A Friend with my friend July Jones, who’s actually my housemate, and I was complaining to her about this girl who didn’t like me back. She just said “I guess that’s what the song is gonna be about today.” Oh and on Letter To My Ex, we actually sampled Kelis’ “I hate you so much right now” in the chorus but we changed it to avoid getting sued. So it’s actually me singing “i hate you i hate you” and we just pitched up.

How would you describe the project to someone at a dinner party that’s never heard of you?

Raw, angry, real, relatable, messy, feminist, queer, unapologetic pop music.

What advice would you give to your pre-lockdown self?

Stop fucking worrying about everything.

How would you sum up your 2020 in one sentence?


Name one thing you can’t imagine your life without?


What is the most useless talent you have?

I can cut my own fringe in the mirror with kitchen scissors and make it look half decent.

What are your hopes and dreams for 2021?

To play shows again. Damn I miss playing live.

Which artists excite you the most this year?

Meet Me At The Altar are the raddest band ever. Queer femme women of colour rocking out, and making the craziest riffs and melodies and all with such an uplifting cool message. The first time I heard their song Garden I got really excited. And my friend July Jones who I mentioned earlier; she has a mixtape coming out this year that is gonna blow everyone’s socks off. I’m featured on it too 😉

And finally, what does your music say about you?

That I have no idea what I’m doing, but at least I own it. Oh, and stuff really hurts me but at least I don’t put up with bullshit.