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PENNY FOSTER aka POWERDRESS

Why the name PowerDress? Power dressing was big in the 80s and 90s when I was growing up. It was part of the fashion and music from this period; Big jackets, synths and experimental electronic music stuck with me. However, it finally came to me as a name when I saw Roisin Murphy's video for Overpowered.

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Why the name PowerDress?
Power dressing was big in the 80s and 90s when I was growing up. It was part of the fashion and music from this period; Big jackets, synths and experimental electronic music stuck with me. However, it finally came to me as a name when I saw Roisin Murphy’s video for Overpowered.

How would you say your journey as a singer/songwriter began?
I always heard melodies and lyrics together when I was a young girl, and would sing a lot. I didn’t start writing and singing professionally until I graduated from music college. I started singing in bands, but it was more the experimenting with bedroom producers and DJs that lead me to get a publishing deal and my first record deal.

What is your biggest musical influence?
My biggest musical influences are mainly experimental electronic music and house music. There’s so many, but anything that is from real pop culture of the 80s and 90s mainly.

For those who have never heard your music, describe your sound in 3 words
80s new wave / light / dark

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Which of your songs is your personal favourite and why?
I have enjoyed working on all the tracks with all the amazing producers, but I guess like all musicians and artistic types I’m never fully happy. I recently wrote a song that I added to my set and sang at London fashion week called ‘Want’. I really enjoy singing that one!

Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
I am proud of the show we did this year in Ibiza.

Are there any established artists in your area you’d like to work with?
I’ve written songs with Arthur Baker for my album, but I’d love to go one step further and write with New Order .

What do you think about being an emerging singer in 2016 in the UK?
It’s a great time to be extra-creative musically and visually, but I feel we need more personalities again, like Grace Jones for example. Artists that helped create true pop culture. Everything is so social media-driven these days that it can feel all the same after a while, and lacking an authentic attitude (a la Miley Cyrus). It does my head in a bit, if I’m honest.
It’s not like she’s broken fresh out of art school from the punk era, so why does she even try to convey that? This is what singers are up against; the biggest-selling artists are machines with millions of pounds pumped into them, posing as artistic rock and roll figures, when the lesser known artists are struggling. Their backgrounds actually embody rock and roll, but they stand less of a chance. True pop culture, like what the Pet Shop Boys and many others brought us has died out a bit, in my opinion.

What advice would you give to a beginner in the Music Industry?
Be bold and Brave!

10 years from now, you will be…?
Touring, still recording my albums and writing songs – preferably from a Sunny location 😉

Credits

  • Photography Pedro Rosenblat
  • Styling / Christy Nkogo
  • Make Up / Monika Swiatek

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