Gabrielle Aplin Knows How to Light Up a Room

This week, Huw Stephens, the voice of new music in the U.K. and beyond via his nightly show on BBC Radio 1, sits down with singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin. Next up, hear Aplin's wonderful performance of "Coming Home," recorded exclusively for Sweet at The Social in London—but first, Stephens and Aplin discuss her new record and her various brand extensions!

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Huw Stephens: Hi. What are you playing for us today, Gabrielle?

Gabrielle Aplin: I am playing "Coming Home," which is a song off my second album.

HS: Yeah, which is Light Up the Dark. It's such a great record.

GA: Thank you.

HS: Startling, from the artwork to the songs on it, as well. Was it daunting, recording a second album, the follow-up to English Rain?

GA: I think it's meant to be. I recorded it in my mate's basement with him and we wrote it together and recorded it together, and I knew everybody that played on it, we're all friends.

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It was actually a no-pressure situation, and it was really nice to be recording in London and sleeping in my own bed every night and not having to travel. It just kind of felt like a 9 to 5. I'd turn up in the morning, write a song, and then we'd have lunch. Then we'd record it, and then by the end of the day, there's a song that didn't exist at the start of the day. It didn't really feel like I was doing anything and then, suddenly, there was this album.

"It was really nice to be recording in London and sleeping in my own bed every night and not having to travel. It just kind of felt like a 9 to 5. I'd turn up in the morning, write a song, and then we'd have lunch."

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HS: Tell us about your record label. You started a night, and a label, as well. That's interesting.

GA: Yeah, I don't know. I just have all these resources, and I just feel like it's a waste not to use them. There's always something. I'm always finding people online and having people sending me their songs, and if I can do something and I've got time to, I don't really know why I wouldn't. It's always really fun to get involved in projects and be the good guy, because even though I'm not anti-label in any way—I'm signed to a major label, I can't be anti-label—I think there's something really special about communities of musicians who don't need men in suits deciding how successful they are, and making their own creative decisions. That's what I love being a part of, and that's kind of why I like doing it.

"I think there's something really special about communities of musicians who don't need men in suits deciding how successful they are, and making their own creative decisions. That's what I love being a part of, and that's kind of why I like doing it."

HS: That's the Never Fade Sessions, right? [Editor's Note: the Never Fade Sessions is a night of live, acoustic performances Aplin's label hosts in London.]

GA: Yeah, on our label. We just kind of try and do what we can when we find people we like and want to help.

HS: Excellent. Well, good luck with that!

GA: Thank you so much.

HS: Thanks for coming to play for us. See below to watch Gabrielle Aplin perform! 

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