When a song grabs you, that memory of hearing it for the first time becomes forever engrained. It's what separates acts from either being truly memorable or flashes in the pan. Dutch newcomer Pip Blom won't have the problem of being just the 'next big thing'.

After some reinvention, Pip has released four songs, the standout being 'Hours'. It's a song that's consistent all throughout, and yet keeps you entranced with her sway-like vocals. I recently got to sit down with Pip to find out how her latest songs came to be, and what she hopes to do next.

It's a pleasure to be chatting with you Pip. So writing songs is one thing, but releasing them to the world is another. Did you always have it in mind to share your songs with people or did you have to find yourself to become comfortable with doing that?

That's a good question. When I first started writing songs I didn't give it much thought, and I would just put things onto Soundcloud, then when I was a bit older, because I was sixteen back then, but as I got older I found myself thinking 'you know what....maybe I should think about what I put up, before I do it...' I started to feel that if you put a song online that doesn't have effort in it... I'm not sure that works well. So I changed my mind a bit about that approach, and with that I've noticed I've gotten a lot more nervous towards songs I release.

When did you first start writing the songs that'd make up this EP, and do you feel that these songs reflect who you were at the time?

Definitely, and the difficult thing about making music at home, is you don't have a time limit. For example, if you're going into a studio, you're always conscious of the time you have, because of the money being spent. At home, I was able to take as long as I wanted to with the EP. I think it's important to remember that even with all that time, you still need to act as though there isn't that time, that you'll ultimately have to release the song. With 'Hours', my favourite track of the four, I thought 'Ok I think I like this enough to put this online!'

What really intrigued me about you and your music is how with most 'newer acts' they'll overthink trying to sound 'fresh' and almost to the point where they can overdo it, and then they forget to sound like themselves. What was appealing with your music, is that it's dead clear that you're being yourself. My question towards that, is did you feel that the best way to go about making music was to simply be yourself or was that always an obvious choice for you?

When I started making music, I started with a little three-string guitar and I thought about the music I like. Bands like Parquet Courts for example. I found myself thinking, 'There's not many women that I like in music, and I want to make music that I'd like to listen to.' But the thing was, I wanted it to be tougher and cool, but I discovered that I don't really have that low of a voice [laughs]. So I kept wondering 'how do I do this? How do I sound cool without a low voice?' It was ridiculous, but it made me figure out how I wanted to approach songs with my voice.

Going back to what you were saying about sometimes taking years to feel comfortable releasing songs - I'm curious if it now feels like a bit of an internal release when you put music out into the world? Does it feel easier now?

Yes, it really does. Especially because I've never made songs like this before, and originally I was anxious in thinking that nobody would like it, and nobody would listen to them. But then I've found that one of my songs was in Fresh Find on Spotify, and then loads of people started listening, and I started to get positive feedback. When that happens you feel a sense of 'wow...this is happening!'

Do you feel a sense of pride in knowing that you can make a song in your bedroom, and then have people in the world react to it?

Absolutely. It's really cool, and there's a certain type of pride. I do notice there's people who think it's too lo-fi, and that the production value isn't high enough for them. I can't understand them, but I do want to get the music to a point where you almost have to ask whether or not it was created in a bedroom or not. Where it was created in a bedroom, but the sound is edgier and tricks you.

How did you and your band meet?

The thing is, I started making songs on my own because I couldn't find anyone who wanted to join my band. And then I looked again after I was done making songs. My brother plays guitar, and he never wanted to be in my band, but then all of the sudden said 'alright, I'll be in it' [laughs]. So the guitarist is my brother, and I went to school with the drummer. He knew the bass player, and he went to our school too. So it's like 'Oooo, all this time there was a band, and I just didn't know.'

I'm familiar with Holland, and it's a place I love a lot. But something I've noticed loads is whenever I've told my Dutch friends how much I love it there, this look of confusion comes out where they can't comprehend why and how someone would enjoy their country. A lot of them find it boring, and I could see what an impossible task it'd be to find musicians for a band.

Exactly, yes. You would think that in high school, everyone would want to make music, but in my high school no-one wanted to make music [laughs].

Now that you have a band to play music together, do you feel you guys have had experiences together that have built towards your relationship with one another?

I think that we've noticed that we're not yet best friends, but it's only been four months of us being together. But we're conscious of the fact it takes time to become friends, and even now we get along really well. I very much like the people in my band, and I also really hope we end up going on tour together and experience that together. With that, I'm sure we'll become like a little family.

I want to go a little deeper into that. So...you're quite young, and I personally hate it when someone brings up age in an interview, I always tend to find it irrelevant, but in this context, because you're also a music fan, you're young enough to know of different festivals, different venues in other cities. With the internet, there's places you've probably heard about over the years. Is there a place you'd especially love to go to on a tour?

Well...there are a few [laughs]. I'd love to go to SXSW, to tour Japan. I'd love to tour America and England, and especially play Glastonbury. Those are my all-time goals.

You'd do mega well at SXSW!

You think so?

Absolutely! What makes SXSW so special is you can be at your most exhausted, walking around disoriented, and annoyed, and yet you'll still hear music coming out of a room while walking outside. And that music can become your new favourite band, even though you weren't looking for it.

That's amazing. That never happens in many other places.

Going back before to when you brought up writing songs when you were sixteen. I remember being sixteen quite a bit, and I even remember being twenty, which you are now. And I remember looking back on sixteen when I was twenty and thinking 'whoa....what?'. I mean you're such a different person at twenty, and I'm curious, does the way you write songs now any similar to how you wrote songs when you were sixteen?

No, not at all. You're right, you're completely different back then. I think you're very young when your sixteen, much younger than you think you are at the time. I think it's a bit cool, to look back and know I was writing at the time, but yeah, it's very different to how I write now.

The punchiness of 'Truth' is immediate and wicked to me. Both 'Truth' and 'Hours' have these similar qualities to them that makes them stand out. What was it like to write a song like 'Truth'?

I'm not that great of a guitar player, so when I'm playing and liking something, I'll usually go 'oh...I think this is working' [laughs]. And I'll take it from there. If I feel the guitar part is working, I'll then go to the vocals, and I love that part the most because it's easier for me to sing than to play guitar. I find it easier to find the catchiness in a song with my voice, and using that to build.

Do you feel that catchiness helps you as a writer, or helps the listener taking the music in? or both?

I don't think I write with the listener in much consideration. I tend to write from a standpoint of 'I like this, I hope other people like it' and there's also an internal trust that if I like it then others will as well. I've never found myself writing and thinking 'oh, if I do ____ it'll make people like it better' I think the most important thing is if I want to do this for the rest of my life, I better have songs that I like. If I have songs I don't like, then I imagine that'd be very difficult for me.

When you write, are you conscious of your voice? That you consider your voice in your head?

Definitely, though I think it's a bit of both. I think I definitely am conscious of my voice, and how I want to come across. But on the other hand, I don't have that force how I approach a song with my voice. I try to not overthink it in that regard and remind myself there are simple approaches to things. For example, if I want a song to be more relaxed, I naturally know to try singing a bit lower.