Getting to know… Twinnie | Living North

Getting to know… Twinnie

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Maximilian Hetherington
After leaving her role as Porsche McQueen in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, Twinnie is set to release her debut album as she lives her childhood dream creating country music. We catch up with her on her career change...

What made you first want to become a singer/songwriter?
There’s a lot of really good story tellers in my family and they love music. I was always fascinated by a good story. My dad introduced me to Billy Joel, Queen, Bob Dylan and mam introduced me to Gilbert O’Sullivan and Dolly Parton who are all amazing songwriters. I was obsessed with music from a young age so it was a natural progression. 

Who inspires you musically?
All of the above and I’m also inspired by people like Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Tupac and Ella Fitzgerald. Safe to say I have an eclectic taste in music. 

Tell us about your debut album 'Hollywood Gypsy.’
Hollywood Gypsy represents the two worlds I live in. I grew up on Hollywood movie musicals and I have gypsy heritage. It represents my mam and dad. Me being from England but living in Nashville. It’s the first chapter and introduction to what I’m about. It’s honest, full of stories, lots of uptempo songs. Hopefully you guys will enjoy it!

You have been spending a lot of time in the US recently. How different is it to your home and where do you most like to visit in your home town of York?
The food portions are bigger! Nashville people remind me of my people back home. I love to visit my favourite cafe called Robinson’s on Bishopthorpe Road in York, the food is amazing!

How has being from York influenced your music?
York taught me to always write the truth and from the heart. It reflects the people and the town.

What was it like performing with Bryan Adams?
It was an amazing, terrifying and unbelievable experience.

Are you still pursuing an acting career alongside your music one? Do you miss Hollyoaks? 
Acting will always be part of my life. I've done something for Netflix recently. I miss the people from Hollyoaks and my character but music has always been my first passion. 

The title track from your EP 'Better When I'm Drunk' reached number one on the country chart in 2019. How did that feel?
It felt amazing and it was a great boost of confidence for me personally. I doubt myself all the time so for that to happen, it meant people liked it and encouraged me to keep going. 

What would your advice be for young, female Country artists looking to get into the industry?
Be yourself and always stand up for what you believe in. Be your own champion because the hardest bit about the music industry is that there are way more no's than yes’s so you’ve just got to keep going. As my mum would say, ‘keep knocking on those doors because one of them will open eventually.’

What are your career goals in music?
I have so many but my main one is to keep making music and putting it out.

Hollywood Gypsy will be released on April 17th 2020. You can pre-order your copy from twinnieofficial.com

Published in: April 2020

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