Online dating woes inspire Horsham singer’s new track

Sydney Rutherford wrote 'Don't Swipe Right' after experiencing online dating
Sydney Rutherford wrote 'Don't Swipe Right' after experiencing online dating

The world of online dating has served as the unlikely inspiration behind a Horsham singer-songwriter’s latest tune.

Over the course of ten dates, Sydney Rutherford wrote ‘Don’t Swipe Right’ based on her experiences of the mobile dating app Tinder.

The 22-year-old came up with the idea when a date told her he catches sexually transmitted infections ‘like a cold’ - and her music video has since been viewed more than 11,000 times.

She said: “I am really shocked by how well people have responded to it.

“A couple of dates were nice, but I wanted to get across with the comedy value that going on dates for a sexual relationship was wrong and quite dangerous.”

Sydney explained her disgust when most of the men she met were only interested in a non-committal relationship.

The light-hearted song is themed around the chances of catching an STI from a Tinder date and continues the mood of the dates, which she said were ‘all hilarious’.

She added that she didn’t tell any of the men about her secret project.

She said: “I went through a break-up and was a bit heartbroken, and a friend mentioned I should try Tinder, she explained it was a dating app.

“When I went on I understood it was more like they are only interested in the sexual side of things.

“One of the guys said you catch STIs like a cold, and I came up with the idea for a song then.”

Her video was shot in Bristol, where she attended university, and Brighton, and features people on their own first dates holding up signs.

While she acknowledged that a couple of her dates were ‘lovely’, most went sour, and one man spilt red wine on her carpet.

Sydney added that she is still single and looking for love but ‘probably not on the apps now’.

You can listen to Don’t Swipe Right on Sydney’s Facebook page.

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