They began their careers as a songwriting team for other artists, but now Siights - aka Mia Fitz and Toni Etherson - are enjoying the fruits of their labour first-hand.
The Irish/Scottish duo released their debut EP in 2020 but it’s their new single ‘Fake It’ that is currently flying up the Irish airplay charts.
We caught up with the pair to learn more about Siights and their influences and inspirations.
1. What’s the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
Toni: I think we were both introduced to some classic albums by our parents when we were younger that we still listen to today. It also was across quite a few different genres, from folk to funk/soul and blues/rock. Certainly artists like Stevie Wonder, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Tracy Chapman, Alanis Morissette, Red Hot Chili Peppers are some of the artists.
Mia: My dad is a really good classical pianist so I was introduced to a lot of classical and choral music growing up also, which I’m very grateful for - I definitely think it’s influenced elements of the music we make today.
2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.
Haha - this is a great question! Three words, hmm… I guess it’s actually a bit of a mix of emotions. Three words that come to mind are: excited, focused and energy.
3. How do you wind down after a gig?
We both like to take a few minutes to ourselves after we come off stage just to sit into what we just experienced and really feel grateful and present. Then we love to hang out with friends/family etc., and hopefully get to meet as many of our fans as we can after the show.
4. What’s the one song you wish you’d written or recorded first?
‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’’ by Bonnie Raitt and ‘If the World Was Ending’ by Julia Michaels and JP Saxe are beautiful.
5. You can only have three albums on your phone/in your house at any one time - what three would you pick for today?
This is hard but I’d say today would be:
Mia: Zero 7 - ‘Simple Things’, Red Hot Chilli Peppers - ‘Californication’ and Sylvan Esso - ‘Self Titled’.
Toni: Fleetwood Mac - ‘Rumours’, Maggie Rogers - ‘Heard it in a Past Life’, Coldplay - ‘A Head Full of Dreams’.
6. Name one record, one book and one film that everyone should hear / read / see.
Record would be Queen - ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’; book would be - ‘Stillness is Key’ by Ryan Holiday; film would be - ‘Some Like it Hot’ (it’s an old movie but such a fun classic.)
7. Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life.
Mia : Jennifer Lawrence
Toni : Zendaya
Think for directors, maybe Chris Columbus or David Fincher.
8. You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?
We’d probably get Chinese or Thai food...although sometimes you just have to get a pizza, depends on the mood!
9. Describe your perfect day off.
Think it would be being somewhere beautiful and peaceful in nature with our friends, family and pets, with some good food and drinks. Then maybe go to a gig in the evening and come back and watch a movie afterwards!
10. Tell us, in one sentence, why we should come to your gig.
Well, for us, we try and make our shows a place where everyone can just feel free and safe to be themselves. Where we get to share an experience with everyone in the room and people can just express themselves, and we can pour ourselves into giving everyone a really memorable experience that makes them feel something.
BONUS QUESTION: Recommend a podcast and tell us why we should subscribe to it.
‘And the Writer Is’ - this podcast sheds a light on the people behind the music, for anyone who’s interested in hearing behind the creative process and understanding the mindset of songwriters and creatives who have made hits we all know and love. This podcast is amazing!
Also ‘The School of Greatness’ by Lewis Howes - this podcast is great because it touches on lifestyle, entrepreneurship and health, etc. It’s full of inspiring people and information in a really accessible way.
'Fake It' is out now.