Special Interview: Fox Revett

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with international singer/songwriter Fox Revett.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

I have always sang. Sang in the church, the school assemblies, the shower, the car, the karaoke bar – and let me tell you, nothing really beats a good karaoke experience! It’s really the only thing I know how to do intuitively. 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?

I am influenced by old school songwriting, but inspired by forward-looking sound design. Think James Taylor dressed up by Charli XCX. 

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish?

Biggest goal is to work with the greats of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. They say you gotta pick on someone your own size, and I think I can take ‘em. A benchmark like winning a Grammy Award is always on peoples’ bucket lists, but I would rather perform at the show.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?

I am releasing many singles leading to my debut mixtape. Tons of music videos, live performances, and some writing sessions with some heavy-hitters to tie the record together. 

Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?

I just released “Breaking Point,” which is kind of a red herring for my work. I am not usually a sentimental guy, and this track has me gushing over my boyfriend to a 2007-style radio pop banger. I think the unifying factor in my music is my voice. My singing, writing, and production are all very… upfront. I like big, bold, but thoughtful. 

Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?

Writing songs can sometimes feel like trying to fill a bucket with rainwater during a storm. You have to be patient and persistent. You have to allow things to come to you. It takes time. All aspects come together quite slowly.

Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music? 

I think Breaking Point means a couple things to me. It means, I love you so much I’m literally about to burst. Alternatively, it’s about being held by your partner in the parts of your body that have been broken or hurt by lovers from the past. About being supported in the parts of yourself that feel fragile.

Success, what is the secret to it?

Persistance. The only person in your way is you. Who cares what anyone else things? You can make things happen, you just have to push yourself a little further every day. 

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?

Oooooh. Juicy. There are a couple coming up, but I think that I should take the opportunity to flex that a song that I co-wrote and produced is coming out next month in the UK and it’s going to make an absolute SMASH. I really do not want to give too much away, but it’s called Crying At The Radio.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?

Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Troye Sivan, really anyone who makes pop music on their own terms. 

Are there any new projects in the pipeline?

My next single called I Think I’m Missing comes out next month and I cannot wait to share it. It is a deeply personal account of the last few years of my life, and with the ever-present pandemic – I think it’s a song a lot of people need. Also, the music video is so gorgeous – I cannot stop showing people.

The music industry is constantly changing, where do you see yourself a few years?

I see myself splitting time between Toronto and Los Angeles, writing for myself and others. Touring, performing on television, and enjoying good wine with good friends and family. 

What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?

I gotta say, I think the worst parts are what make the best parts even sweeter. Do I hate agonizing over listenership and metrics, oh god YES. But when I get to focus not he parts I love, it makes the sugar just that touch more indulgent.

Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.

My boy TROYE of course. But you know what? We gotta talk about Kylie Minogue! I have been on a Kylie KICK recently. I think that “Get Outta My Way” has some of the best pop hooks and production that still absolutely KICKS. 

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?

I feel the effects of both sides of the coin. I feel like it’s so much harder to make a splash, but the more music there is – the more advancements we can make. 

How will you continue appealing to the international market?

I look forward to performing and creating music all over the world. I cannot wait to get to Australia and meet all the ARIA charting talent!

Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?

I would love to do a solo artists turned super-group song like Lady Marmalade or Bang Bang – but I want it to be all LGBT people. I wanna do it with like me, Troye Sivan, Lil Nas X, Conan Gray, and Kevin Abstract. I’ll be the Xtina. 

What advice do you give for other artists wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Don’t. Make YOUR OWN! My footsteps are full of my own mistakes, and I think it is important for everyone to learn from their own.

A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your followers and fans?

COME FOLLOW ME AND DM ME. I literally respond to everyone. I would love to chat with you all!

Any last words?

Thanks so much for having me, I really appreciate it. I’m so excited for everyone to hear all my new music coming out!

Website: foxrevett.com

Facebook: @camfoxrevett

Twitter: @camfoxrevett

Instagram: @foxrevettmusic