July 27, 2016


Neon Hitch Returns: Independent Pop Star Went Through ‘Personal Hell’ for New Album

At long last, Neon Hitch has released a full-length album—and it’s everything she ever wanted it to be. Anarchy, released last Friday, captures the wild pop perspective of a singer-songwriter who tells Fuse that she had to go through some difficult passages to see her vision come to life.

“In the six months it took to make [the album], I was going through a personal hell,” says the 30-year-old singer-songwriter, who recorded in her current home of Los Angeles. “I’m a method actress, so I really had to live it. That wasn’t easy. This struggle of being a musician and doing this, the gypsy life that I live, is a bloody roller coaster. I just try to stay positive.”

The British artist broke into the mainstream in 2011, when her collaboration with Gym Class Heroes, “Ass Back Home,” hit the Top 20. Hitch worked closely with hitmaker Benny Blanco and guested on songs by Cash Cash, 3OH!3 and Breathe Carolina; her solo single “Fuck U Betta” was also a dance in the U.S. upon its release.

However, a deal with Warner Bros. produced multiple EPs but zero albums, and after four years on the label, Hitch went independent in 2015. “I don’t really like to just sit and feel bad about the process,” she says now. “I’m not hung up about Warner Brothers—I had a great time, and we had a great run together. It’s an amazing feeling, really, because now I get to go into the studio whenever I want.”

Hitch executive produced Anarchy, released on her own WeRNeon label, and injected the full-length with her outlandish personality and knack for melody. Last Friday, the singer-songwriter celebrated its long-awaited released with friends like Adam Lambert and Balthazar Getty at a West Hollywood soiree.

“I think with some of my songs previously, I didn’t get the point across of who I really am,” Hitch says. “This album is very personal and very honest. It’s got it all in there—I planted a few little secrets about myself that I had never shared before.”

In the wake of the album release, Hitch will also appear on the new reality show Million Dollar Matchmaker, hosted by Patti Stanger on WE tv, in an episode to air next month. Fans can look forward to the singer writing an entire new song on the show, as cameras were filming her during a personal moment.

“I break down and cry,” she says with a laugh. “But hey, I’m always down for a new adventure.”