Electric Lady Artist of the week: Gretta Ray

NAME: Gretta Ray
JOB & INDUSTRY/ WHAT DO U DO: Songwriter/Performer
FAVOURITE BAND: Probably The 1975 at the moment, but my favourite bands an artists tend to change on a regular basis.
FAVOURITE SONG: One Day Like This by Elbow
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST + WHY: Joni Mitchell, because she is a masterful songwriter and I grew up listening to her records. Her work heavily influenced my own and many of her songs are incredibly nostalgic to me; they remind me of my mum.

DO YOU HAVE A GIRL GANG? WHY DO YOU LOVE THEM?
"I have had the same best girlfriends since I was about 8 years old, both whom have significantly contributed to shaping me into the person that I am today. Meg, Leah and I all went through primary school and high school together and I love them because of how driven they both are, because of how they have remained so honest and loyal over the duration of our friendship, and because no one else on the earth makes me laugh as hard as they do."

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?
 "I think a woman who really knows what she wants, knows herself and lives life on her own terms makes her electric. Women who are passionate, wanting to create and inspire, and also wanting to contribute to making a difference in the world are the kinds of women that I live in awe of."

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?
"Overthinking my creative process can be incredibly debilitating. I am a huge perfectionist and spend a lot of time crafting, editing and changing up the songs that I’m working on until I believe that they are their absolute best. I understand that setting high standards for yourself is a great thing in the long term, but at this point in my life I’m in the process of learning that being hard on yourself and consistently critiquing and assessing yourself is not always a constructive way of approaching creativity. To bounce back from that dark, self-critical place I can get into at times, I try to take breaks. I go and spend time with friends, remind myself that I have all the time in the world to create, and I attempt to take my mind off of writing."

DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?
"Work hard, seek inspiration and guidance but trust your creative drive and know that ultimately, you are always the one in control of the direction of your career/life."

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? WHAT MAJOR THINGS DID YOU COME TO REALISE AS YOU GREW UP?
"Well I still am one, haha. But I was quite sensitive and self aware throughout my years in high school and as a result, noticed a significant turning point in my mindset and in my character when I was around 16. When I started working on my debut EP at that age, I came to understand that songwriting, making music and performing were going to serve as the most important aspects of my life. Nothing makes me as happy as music does, and I think I knew that about myself from a young age, but recording the EP further solidified that. That realisation made me look at life in a very different way from that point forward. I felt more inspired, motivated and grounded."