Music Q&A:
Chelcee Grimes

The Liverpool star talks about making her debut album, writing for Dua Lipa and Tom Walker – and playing professional football. She plays the Arts Club, Liverpool, 30 October

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Everything and anything. It never comes from the same place. It can be something that’s just happened or something my friends are going through, or sometimes just a comment or a bit of poetry I see on Twitter or Instagram that can spark a whole idea.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I’ve changed like anybody else would, I think. I started taking it seriously at 18. And 18-25 I think are very important years and you change a lot – it just also happens that as you’re changing so does the music. I’ve had my heart broken since then and maybe broken some along the way and just in general become a better writer in all of that.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’m writing my debut album and also working on other albums with other people like Dua Lipa – I have a new song on her new album. I have a song with Tom Walker on his, Jonas Blue and a few others! I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on. I’ve been very busy!

What’s on your rider?
Lots of Haribo! A bottle of gin and somewhere I can watch the football if they let me!

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
I had an embarrassing moment a few hours before I performed in Manchester recently. I chipped my front tooth on a bottle of water and was desperately running around Manchester on bank holiday weekend trying to find dentist who could help. Thankfully I managed to find one who also made music. It was a strange experience, to say the least.

What song do you wish you’d written?
I think I Can’t Make You Love Me is one of the most perfect songs. Every time I hear that I’m just like: “Damnnnnn, now that’s a song.”

What’s your worst lyric?
Once I felt like I’d used all the rhymes with “you” so I just said “ooo”, haha.

You’re also a professional footballer. How did you get into that?
I lived on a street in Liverpool that only had boys to play out with so it was either learn how to play football or stay in at home when everyone else was running about. I just got quite good and a bit better than most of the boys so I thought I’d give it a go. I signed to Liverpool ladies at age 10. Went on to Tranmere Rovers and Everton before leaving at 17 to pursue music. Then I got back into it after watching a lot of my friends play in the last World Cup. Now I play for Fulham Ladies.

And what’s happening for you with that currently?
I just scored two goals in the FA Cup last week, which is still such a dream for me! I still pinch myself I get to make music and play football. We play QPR this weekend in front of what looks like our biggest crowd. That’s gonna be fun!

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