Retro-futuristic pop for nostalgic aliens.
Rachel Kerry’s sound mixes 80’s/90’s pop influence with future-sounding synths and electronic production. Her fondness of experimentation and underlying DIY sound is reflected in her music, where bird song can be hi hats, and a music box can become a bass.
After receiving world class training in jazz saxophone from the Guildhall School of Music, life-long pop lover Rachel Kerry spent two years touring in ‘The best of WHAM!’, a tribute to the iconic 80s outfit. Spending night after night playing Careless Whisper to sold out crowds gave her a taste for the spotlight. Rachel’s affection for all things retro and adoration of pop music were nourished in this time. It was then she started recording demos of her own songs and playing them to the rest of the band in the tour van.
In summer 2019, Rachel’s first single ‘Be My’ was released and was quickly picked up by BBC Introducing in her hometown of Nottingham. Moving out of her childhood home in Nottingham led to Rachel’s exploration of nostalgia through her music. This shines through in her song writing, which is emotionally reflective and laced with sonic throwbacks.
Rachel has subsequently teamed up with producer Joe Rodwell to record many of her songs and start gigging around London, where she is now based. The live show is an audio and visual feast consisting of multiple synths, pedals and sample pads, as well as bright vintage tracksuits and multicoloured fairy lights. The combination of these visual elements and Rachel’s crowd interaction make her tongue-in-cheek personality shine through. However, her songs bring out her self-analytical side. Rachel Kerry’s songs delve deep into the raw, imperfect situations she has experienced juxtaposed against a light-hearted energy and hooks that will stay with you all day.