20-year old Eden Hunter may only be just at the beginning of her musical career journey, but she is one hell of a force to be reckoned with.
The British pop star who describes her style as “very costume inspired and influenced by androgynous and camp icons” drawing artistic and musical inspiration from camp culture including the likes of Lady Gaga, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and more, has just released her third single All My Love.
We got to know Eden a little bit better in our special International Women’s Day 2022 interview…
Which women in the industry inspire you?
There are lots of women in the industry that inspire me. Artists like Alanis Morisettes, Madonna, Tracy Chapman and Carole King really paved the way for women in music and their music is SO authentic, they are my go to’s. More recently I am inspired by women like Anne Marie, Rina Sawayama, Dylan, I think they are great examples of women whose message goes further than just their music, and that’s how I aspire to be with my work. There are also some incredible women in the industry that aren’t artists. Kaity Rae who is a writer and producer is really turning it for the women, always. JinJin is another writer I am constantly learning from and manifesting to work with at some point.
Which women inspire you in general?
My mum is a huge inspiration, she is the kindest person I know and she has been nothing but amazing to me so I feel so lucky to have her. My Nana’s are iconic too. I feel like they grew up in a time where misogyny was still at quite a peak and they both were / are very much leading women!
Tell us your current top 3 favourite female artists? And favourite tracks of theirs?
Ooo this is hard because there are so many! But top 3, first has to be Dylan with No Romeo. This song gets me singing at the top of my lungs in the car. And Dylan is just an all round icon from the music to the style…everything.
Then I would say Maisi with Yellow Line. Maisi is another artist on the rise. She is so fab. This song is the ultimate pop bop and I’m so excited for her to bring out more new music.
Lastly has to be Griff & Sigrid with their song Head On Fire (2 in 1 sorry!) these two are pop princesses through and through. They just know how to make great pop music which isn’t easy. But they turn it out every time!!!
“I’VE LEARNT WHEN YOU FEEL GOOD AND YOU FEEL AUTHENTIC, YOU RADIATE BEAUTY ANYWAY.”
How would you describe your experience as a woman in the music industry?
Now that I think about it my experience hasn’t always been the most wonderful. The first thing I remember an “industry professional” saying to me was “Women like you have a shelf life, so you need to be quick” and I remember thinking ‘oh my lord well if it doesn’t happen by the time I’m 17 then it’s done!’ Which obviously isn’t the case, but I fully believed it was at first! I think my experience has been way easier than it would’ve been for women 10 years ago, but even still there is so much injustice. I’ve been in sessions where people have acted inappropriately, I’ve been in meetings where I’ve been told I need more of a womanly appeal (what does that even mean?!) I know for POC women in the industry there is even more injustice as you may have heard Leighanne Pinnock from Little Mix talk very strongly about. As a caucasion, cis woman I do have it easier than female identifying women of colour, trans women, the list goes on.
I’m completely independent, I make my own decisions and so far it’s been paying off. On the flip side, I am finding other incredible women that I work so well with, that I learn from and that I feel totally inspired by. Things are definitely getting better but there is still a LONG way to go.
What needs to happen within the music industry to make it better for women?
I think firstly there needs to be more female producers and writers that get seen. When I first started getting put into sessions by my previous managers, I didn’t have a session with a female identifying person for like 18 months. It was male writers and producers only. Don’t get me wrong, some of them were in touch with femininity, but most of them couldn’t really relate to a 16 year old girl who is still in school, has never been heartbroken and doesn’t even know who she is yet. I know that if I had been in a room with women I would’ve been creating more authentic music from earlier on. Music that wasn’t beyond my years of maturity and potentially exploiting. I think there needs to be less sexualisation of women in the industry, yes of course your look can have a big part to play in your artistry if that’s what matters to you, but let it be authentic. It took me ages to be comfortable wearing androgynous outfits and not feeling like I had to be stereotyoically ‘pretty’ because I was of that age. I want to be the person to set an example for other young girls like me. I’ve learnt when you feel good and you feel authentic, you radiate beauty anway. I think if we had more women at the higher ends of labels/ publishers that would also move things forward incredibly.
“I KNOW MYSELF WELL ENOUGH NOW TO TRUST THAT IF I FEEL ANY SORT OF UNJUST I WILL SPEAK ABOUT IT AND MAKE SURE I AM HEARD. MAKING NOISE ISN’T A BAD THING!!!!”
What advice would you give to aspiring female artists?
Before making any real decisions, make sure you know who you are. It is way too easy to be molded in this industry. Remember you are absolutely as valid as everybody else in the room and you deserve to be seen and heard just as much as everyone else. Connect with other women. I’ve found that I am not the only one that has experienced these issues and I have then felt empowered over them rather than that I’m not good enough. I know myself well enough now to trust that if I feel any sort of unjust I will speak about it and make sure I am heard. Making noise isn’t a bad thing!!!!
Any inspiring words you’d like to share to all women this International Women’s Day?
Every time you stand up for who you are in this industry you are not just doing it for yourself, you’re doing it for all the other thousands of women facing these issues too. Go support and shout about a female artist you love right now!!!
What track of yours would you recommend we listen to in order to feel like empowered women?
Hmmm, let’s go for All My Love. It’s a reminder to feel completely empowered but to always be kind and spread the right energy (even when you wanna throw a punch or two!)
Watch the AMAZING video for All My Love below:
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