After a fantastic gig played earlier in the evening at Moles, Bath. We sat down with 2 of the 6 members of Red Rum Club. Fran and Joe to learn more about the band.
OtHM: What does it mean to a band like Red Rum Club to have landed at number 12 on the Vinyl chart this week?
Fran: We really wanted, as a band, for the record to be on vinyl due to the prestige, but our record label needed to see good sales of the album beforehand, which we got, and to make it to number 12 is mind blowing and we sold 20 odd vinyls aboard so we could have gone higher if they counted.
Joe: It was like a personal reward for us a band and a big thank you to our record label for having trust in us.
OtHM: What is your favourite track on your album ‘Matador’?
Joe: For me it has to be Matador, as it was the first track I realised this is the band for me to be a part of and I felt so excited about being involved in the track.
Fran: For a while it was Remedy as it was really down to the wire of finishing the song before the album was finished and it sounded so great when you listen to it back.
OtHM: What does the writing process look like for Red Rum Club?
Fran: It’s really democratic within the band and everyone is treated equally, we all bring ideas to the table but normally Tom brings the majority of the lyrics.
Joe: Yeah normally we go with the bigger group direction with a track but when it’s split down the middle a 3 band members against 3 it can be a nightmare to move the song on.
OtHM: Which lyrics are you most proud of writing?
Fran and Joe: I think it’s got to be the Angeline’s lyrics.
Joe: But the Remedy’s lyrics are amazing as well because Tom wrote it about a situation that everyone in the band witnessed and experienced and he wrote it perfectly and it was so accurate.
OtHM: What was the most challenging part of making the ‘Matador’ album?
Joe: Oh it was whittling down the tracks from 40 songs.
Fran: I also think it was not trying to look and sound to cool and the need not to worry that the album sounds too cheesy.
OtHM: How would you describe Red Rum Club’s sound?
Fran: Our sound for me is a little touches of lots of sounds but mainly indie, pop and Americano.
Joe: I think we very much also have a Liverpool sound, I think we can hear lots of legendary Liverpool bands in our sound especially The Bunnymen.
OtHM: What has been the most memorable gig of the current tour?
Joe: It’s got to be Leeds for me, it was the first out of Liverpool and there was 450 people waiting for us and it was mind blowing.
Fran: I’m really looking forward to our home city gig in September as it’s going to be buzzing, but so far Manchester was great as it was sold out and it’s really hard to crack the Manchester gigging scene.
OtHM: Moles Club in Bath has had some of the greatest British band play within it’s walls, which gig would you have liked to been at?
Joe: The Coral for me
Fran: I’ve got an exclusive for you James Skelly (Coral frontman) is being pencilled into producing a track on our new album so we’re hoping that will come off.
Fran: For me it’s got to be Radiohead.
OtHM: How did you find out you are going to play Glastonbury this year?
Joe: We found out by a text message for our amazing manger, we were put on a short list for BBC Introducing by our local BBC radio presenter Dave Monk and we’re so grateful for the slot at Glastonbury.
Fran: I just want to say to get onto the BBC Introducing stage, we’ve done so much hard work to get there, we’ve done loads for BBC Introducing. Lots of last minute shows and radio programs all over the country, we’ve just made sure we could be available to the BBC Introducing team and I’m sure during the time when the panel sat down to decide who would play Glastonbury Dave Monk would have stood up for us and our CV stands up for itself in terms of what we’ve done for them.
OtHM: So what’s next?
Fran: Currently negotiating a second album,
Joe: yeah we just want to get back on that horse and release the second album, gone are the days of waiting 2 years between albums.
Fran: also we’re going to be out touring again in September and October in the UK and Europe so that’s going to be exciting.
Written by Kess Anthony and Matt Nicholson
With the rumble of music playing beneath our feet from Vrillon who were the first support act for the Sœur gig at Moles in Bath we sat down with the band members; Tina Maynard, James Collins, and Anya Pulver, to get to know the band better.
OtHM: Your new song ‘No Show’ has been out since the 4th of March, What’s the song about?
Anya: The song is about depression which is something I have struggled with, the verse of the song was a snapshot of a point which I felt on edge and I had to pretend I was in a super happy state but the people around me knew differently.
Tina: In my part of the song I kind of counteract Anya’s part and send the song in a different direction which I feel makes the song really interesting.
OtHM: We chose ‘Fight’ as Track of the week in the past, I hear everyone featured in the video was a fan so how did the idea of doing this video come about?
James: We have great fans and we wanted to involve them in a video and ‘Fight’ was prefect for this, it was good fun and an experience, but I don’t think we will do it again anytime soon.
Tina: Yeah totally agree it was a mad day, we put it out on social media and thought a few would turn up but we had around 50 people which was amazing. It was in a small room which was like a basement and it got really hot and there was sweat coming off the walls.
Anya: Yeah I remember ending up directing people around and shouting most of the day with Tina and James moving the lighting, I was happy at the end as we managed to get everyone who stayed around till the end in the last shot of the video.
James: Also we provided food and beer which kept everyone going during the day.
OtHM: What does the writing process look like for you as a band?
Tina: The writing process is different for every song, but normally someone will bring an idea to the rest of us and then we will explore lots of different ideas, sometimes we can take longer than we should because we like to experiment and take it to every corner.
Anya: I find it really interesting the way we make songs because we’re a dual fronted band and we like to make our songs complicated as this gives us a better sound.
OtHM: You’ll be playing at Thelka’s 35th year celebration, tell us about that?
James: I got to say it’s a proud moment for us, we also wanted to do headline a gig in Bristol and Thelka just seems like the right venue.
Tina: Yeah we love the Thekla and I think I can talk for us collectively that it’s our favourite venue in Bristol.
Anya: Owain who works at Thekla really helped us out when we started up as a band and he suggested us to other bands and venues for us to be a support acts, so it’s great to get the chance to repay him.
OtHM: What’s the lyric you’re most proud of?
Tina: “I don’t want to fight anymore, cos I don’t think it’s right anymore. And maybe you are right, I don’t know. But I don’t want to fight anymore”
It expresses that uncertainty you have when you want to make a big change but haven’t completely realised why.
Anya: “If we’re all made from the same strain, what separates us?”
OtHM: Last gig of the tour tonight, so how’s it been?
James: Oh it’s been refreshing going out gigging and it’s been a chilled easy 9 gigs and it’s so much better than getting yourself lost in endless admin.
Anya: it’s been really got to get back engaged with our listeners and it been great to play in new venues.
OtHM: You’re now officially Laney Amplification Artists, tell us how you feel your live sound has evolved with this equipment?
Tina: The amps have just made it so much better and the sound engineer’s have commented that our sound is so much cleaner and clear.
Anya: It’s so important for us to get our guitar sound right as we don’t have a bassist and these amps are so many levels above the amps we had before.
OtHM: Moles Club is a famous venue with walls plastered with posters of legends who have played here, Which gig would you have most wanted to attend?
Anya: PJ Harvey
OtHM: What was the most challenging part of making your first EP?
Tina: Picking the records for the EP was really hard, because you want to put all the songs you write on the EP.
Anya: I think we didn’t fully knew what our sound was at the time so for me it was finding the right music to go with our songs.
James: We’re all fairly happy with the EP and I think we can say it was really fun to make the EP, it was a lot different tempo to our current music.
OtHM: What next for you as a band?
Tina: We’re releasing a the new EP soon and there’s going to be a few singles released as well so keep your ears ready, we also have a few festivals in the summer which we’re looking forward too.
Anya: I’m looking forward to going back to writing new songs.
Written by Kess Anthony
Mid afternoon on a Friday all was calm in the Hy-Brasil, Bristol with a few people enjoying an early weekend drink before a night of great music, at this point the doors open and in walks a women wearing a polka dot white and black coat and carrying her special guest for the evening, a cardboard cut-out of footballer, Joey Barton. Putting Joey in place on stage for later in the evening Emily Capell
introduces herself with a big smile “I’m looking forward to tonight it’s my first time visiting Bristol”.
So lets get to know Emily, as she is an artist who is exciting, talented and full of interests beyond her music.
OtHM: What was it like growing up in Harrow?
Emily: I enjoyed growing up in Harrow it’s a nice place and we have an Nando’s, I like to take the Tube into London on my free time.
OtHM: Where would be the number one tourist site you would take a newcomer to in London?
Emily: I’ve got to say Portabello Market is an amazing place to go to I can spend most of my day there, oh and I have to mention St Pauls it’s a beautiful building with loads of history and during the war with all the bombing London went through the Cathedral stood and they didn’t bring it down.
OtHM: and music venue?
Emily: The Music has to be ‘The Hundreds Club’ because it’s been there for years and it hasn’t changed and there has been loads of great artist who have performed there, but I got to say the dressing room is tiny sorry Hundreds Club I do love you!
OtHM: What are your interests outside of music?
Emily: I love pink fluffy things, I have loads of fabulous fluffy coats like the one I got on today and if they are animal print, even better! I do like to sink into the sofa and my guilty pleasure has to be Escape to the country but only if Jonnie (Irwin) is presenting.
I’m also a little bit political and this seeps into my lyrics of my songs, I’m happy to say I’m a Corbyn fan and Russell Brand has a good radio show which makes me laugh.
Also come on QPR, I love football and QPR are my team.
OtHM: How do you describe your sound?
Emily: Right, it’s very London sounding, like London I have a mix of sounds from a lot of different styles and cultures which I hope gives me a broad ranging sound that everyone can get into.
OtHM: What’s your favourite lyric you have written?
Emily: Wow that’s a hard one, I’m not sure I can pick just one, I can tell your going to pin me down to one, oh let me think right this is my lyric I’m most proud of are you ready it’s from my up and coming new album:
“I bet you will regret your Morrissey lyric tattoo about some girls might be bigger than me and you, who would of thought Morrissey might be a racist, you should of got a lyric tattoo of oasis.”
OtHM: If you could pick a track to describe your personality which would it be?
Emily: 99 red balloons by Nena
OtHM: What’s the writing process look like for you when writing new material?
Emily: Everything at the same time and if it doesn’t came out at once I will leave, I write lyrics really quickly at the same time writing music on the acoustic guitar.
OtHM: At what age did you pick up an guitar?
Emily: I was the age of 11, it was the day Joe Strummer died, Joe’s music really inspired me as a child and even more so now I’m making my own music. He was really important to my family, my brother was named after Joe Strummer.
OtHM: Who are the artist which inspired you to get into music?
Emily: Ok so i have a love for a real mix of music and lots of artists have inspired me but my number 1 has to be The Clash as I have the same intentions as The Clash when making music but I’m less punky then them.
But I also listen to lots of 50’s music, Marie Wilson and George Michaels, this is my long drive playlist.
OtHM: Where the best Venue you have ever played in?
Emily: Festivals are my favourite venues to play as you get a great buzz from the crowd, I’m also really lucky that I’ve played Glastonbury so that’s got to be my best venue but wow did it destroy me just imagine a beehive hairstyle in a tent with lots of rain and mud, I restored to using an old orange peel to wipe the mud off me.
OtHM: What’s the first record you remember buying?
Emily: Ha, are you ready you’re going to love this answer, it was Shaggy It wasn’t me and Frank Sinatra The high society.
OtHM: What’s your musical guilty pleasure?
Emily: McFly, but I didn’t like it when they become one band with Busted.
OtHM: What’s the biggest obstacle in making it in the music industry?
Emily: The biggest things are the money that you need to start a career in music, and the pro’s and con’s of the internet.
OtHM: What would you choose to do if your weren’t an artist?
Emily: I really like engaging with people and meeting new people everyday like I do in this job, so I would like to be a charity spokesperson.
OtHM: What’s next for Emily Capell?
Emily: Well I just finished my album yesterday in the studio and I’m hoping for an August album release, but the hardest bit has been trying to pick a name for the album. It’s as hard as naming a baby, I change my mind everyday
Written by Kess Anthony
At the back of the Stag and Hounds, right next door to the exchange in Bristol we found Next Stop Olympus in an enclave illuminated by the glow of a fruit machine. Five guys lounging on the sofas enjoying a beer whilst wondering how they are going to get they’re gear unloaded: Conor the singer with a spectacular mass of pale curly long hair, Matt on bass, Harry on vocals and guitar, Skip on guitar and Josh on drums. Loud music blared out of the speakers as we sat down to chat with the band, that took us from Disney films all the way to skittle alleys.
OtHM: So first of all, we’ve been itching to ask, where did the name come from?
Conor: A lot of ideas were bounced around but nothing quite stuck. The name came in the end when I was up drinking one night whilst watching the Disney film Hercules. Next Stop Olympus jumped out as a great name and I sent it round the band, who all agreed.
OtHM: So how did the band originally come together?
Matt: Conor and myself had been trying to form a band for ages but it just never quite came together. Then when I moved to Salisbury everything started to fall into place.
OtHM: So your first EP ‘’Hit the ground running’ came out last May. How was the process of putting that together? Were there any stumbling blocks?
Conor: Pretty much all of the stumbling blocks. It was a new experience for all of us and we had a lot to learn. We had to find a place to record, find someone to print the CDs and t-shirts. It was a big learning curve and we had to learn as we went.
Matt: But we had loads of help from some great people along the way.
OtHM: Who are your main influences?
NSO: It’s interesting as we all listen to lots of different stuff and we don’t all necessarily listen to this kind of thing. I do the screaming vocals but I don’t listen to that much stuff with it in.
Matt: Yeah we all listen to this type of music but we have wide tastes outside. We like to think that we’re trying to bridge the gap a bit between heavy music but having powerful melodic choruses.
OtHM: How does the writing process normally work in the band?
NSO: It varies, some take weeks, sometimes someone will just be casually drinking and then a song comes. Normally things always start with the guitar.
We try to meet up, at least once a week, then if someone has an idea we can just bash it out. We all live quite close together.
Skip is always late but then in fairness that is because he’s in the army, not because he’s always on a date!
And Conor has no sense of urgency!
But on the whole things work really well.
OtHM: What kind of gigs are you looking for?
Anything! So long as it is not in a skittle alley!
OtHM: That sounds like a story…
Well, there was a guy booked us for a gig in Trowbridge, we asked if there was a Facebook page or anything we could link to for promotion, the guy said no but it is been promoted in other ways. We show up, turns out the promotion was one dodgy looking poster in the pub put up the day before.
We set up in the skittle alley and it turns out the other band are the band of the guy who is putting on the gig. They are really bluesy and it’s a complete mismatch of sounds.
Then only six people show up who are all Skip’s mates from the army and they have to leave early. Skip spends the entire gig hiding behind Matt. Then the other band goes onto play to no one and the drummer is not a well looking guy and we’re worried that he might die before the end of the show. It was all just a complete disaster.
We’ve been back to Trowbridge since though and had a great time, just not with that guy again.
OtHM: So what’s next for the band.
NSO: We’re going to be recording our new single ’Hell to bear’.
Then we are going to be looking to record a new four track EP this summer, though this single is not going to be on it.
OtHM: Well thank you very much for your time and good luck. Just before we go, we just wanted to ask if you have any guilty pleasure music?
NSO: We all listen to some really weird stuff.
Conor gets ripped for listening to hip-hop like 50 Cent, though he doesn’t feel guilty about it!
Harry listens to Norwegian songs.
Harry- Yeah if I can’t pronounce it then I’ll listen to it
Skips listens to stuff so heavy that it makes us look pop punk.
Written by Jimmy Rock
After becoming Off The Hook Music’s Track of the week with Minefield we’re delighted that we managed to caught up with Chris Horrock from Oxbloods, we then took the opportunity to ask him some questions.
Oxbloods are a Manchester based band made up of five members, Matty Aston (Bass), Chris Horrock (Guitar), Charlie Cothliff (Vocals), Matt Lunn (Guitar) and Alex Binnington (Drums) and their sound brings you a modern, vibrant blend of electric alternative rock with pop credibility.
So let’s get to know them:
Oxblood is a very interesting band name, where does the name Oxbloods come from?
CH: The band name comes from a pair of red Doc Martin's I own which I wore when the band first started rehearsals. Just became a bit of a running joke “haha”.
OTHM: Chris when we review one of your gigs this year we need to see these Doc Martins.
CH: I’ll see what I can do.
How did the Oxbloods begin?
CH: Matt, Alex, and Ashton all studied at uni together a few years ago and they decided to form a new band after their old bands had split up.
The guys new me from gigging together in the past and then we found Charlie on a Facebook forum for local Manchester musicians.
OTHM: There’s a lesson to any hopeful musicians out there, get out networking on social media and you might become the final jigsaw piece for an up and coming band like Charlie.
So which bands are responsible for inspiring the Oxbloods?
CH: That’s a hard one, it's a really wide array of musicians. Most of us though grew up listening to Metallica and Guns N Roses when we were teenagers and progressing from there.
What was the catalyst for picking up instruments?
CH: For me it was 100% going to see Metallica when I was 13 years old. Absolutely mind blowing and I started guitar lessons the week after.
What's an average day look like for the band?
CH: Every day is different for us but last week we were in the studio.
OTHM: Last week in the studio go on, what did a day in the studio look like for the band?
CH: We'd tend to grab a coffee before the session and chat about the recording process, then record from 2pm until midnight then all fall asleep at like 3am after a massive caffeine binge.
OTHM: Sounds like the Oxbloods are more night owls than early birds.
What’s the song writing process look like when Oxbloods are laying down a track?
CH: It changes every time but usually songs will begin with very rough demo's from one band member, just the raw structure. Then we'll flesh it out together as a group and finally hand it over to Charlie to work on the vocals. That's usually it.
Has making a debut EP been a steep learning curve?
CH: Not much actually. We've all been in bands since we were teenagers releasing music so the format isn't new to us.
However we all come from different musical backgrounds which is awesome because we all have different opinions or different things.
OTHM: On the EP you can tell how well the different musical backgrounds mix together.
CH: Thanks glad you like the bands sound.
We have seen some amazing bands in lots of fantastic venues but where has the best venue you have played?
CH: Oh it’s got to be Deaf Institute in Manchester. We're all really big fans of that venue.
OTHM: Hot tip there gig goers get yourselves to Deaf Institute in Manchester and don’t forget to let us know if you agree with Chris.
Where can people see you live soon?
CH: We can't share anything quite yet but if you follow us on Facebook and Instagram we'll be announcing a big show very soon!
OTHM: So keep an eye out on social media.
CH: Yep you are right there, our Instagram is @oxbloodsmusic feel free to take a look.
And last question Chris what’s next for Oxbloods?
CH: We hope to release a new single in the next few months. So follow us to stay up to date on that!
OTHM: Well thanks Chris for taking time out of making music in the studio to talk to us.
CH: No problem, it was good to catch up after being Track of the week.
Pentire are an exciting new band who have formed and started to learn their trade in the South West of England. Now at the end of 2019 they have had an opportunity to get out a record for their fans to grab hold of before the lads set off on a list of festival slots and gigs in the South West during the new year.
‘Take it Away’ is very expressive, it paints the picture of being totally obsessed with someone who isn’t the person you need in your life. The band might be obsessed with a negative impact on their wellbeing but this track will bring a positive one to your music playlist.
‘Take it Away’ has a silky beginning that gentle flows throughout the record and allows layers of interesting sound to build up within the song, this young band has managed to bring out high tempo within sections and smashes through with catchy lyrics that makes this song a really good listen.
Written by Kess Anthony
The Somerset band Brave Ones have been extremely busy since forming in 2017, they have firmly become an established part of the local music community and gigging scene which has started to sprout brightly in the South West area. Now the Brave Ones have built up a strong following of fans with the high energy and forceful tempo of their live act, they’re ready to stake their claim for a place in the British Hard Rock Scene with the debut EP ‘Generation Disorder’.
The first track ‘Revulsion’ is a confrontation as shocking as two Lions positioning themselves to be the alpha male of the family which ripples all around you, fast paced hard rock with the guitar dominating behind a steady drum beat by Michael Welsh. You can’t help but get a flash of Papa Roach in their early greatness about the vibe and construction of the track Revulsion.
Throughout the EP the lyrics throw out expressions of darkness and a conflicting voice of Charlie Roberts reaching out for clarity, Brave Ones have a solid song writing ability which blends the vocal singing so strongly with the rapping that paints the emotion of the record so boldly.
‘Suck Bang Blow’ is the marmite of the record you are either going to love it or hate it, more rock pop than hard rock which can be placed nicely on an indie radio playlist. ‘Suck Bang Blow’ shows that Brave Ones are not a one size fits all band and they have diversity in their creative process, don’t feel bad about falling into the trap set by the band you will quickly chant the chorus out after only the first listen.
Back to what your just to hearing from the Brave Ones when ‘Lion Heart’ arrives on the record, menacing rock clouds that haunted musical forest with electric full on tempo and no time for you to get a rest to find your way out. This track shows the bands true identity and you can only but suggest to them that they embrace this path.
‘The Abyss’ is a refreshing, short and perfectly placed end to the EP, there’s a glimpse of where the Brave Ones may wonder towards when embarking on their next record.
Written by Jimmy Rock
What is the context meaning of your newest single “Live in a dream” ?
I wrote “Live in a Dream” in January of 2018. Just when I had decided to take some time off from releasing music and focus on writing and exploring some new sounds. I was in a very reflective space at the time and thinking a lot about how much I was obsessing about other’s successes compared to mine. To the point where I really was feeling like I was working so hard and no matter what good would come my way it wasn’t good enough.
What I love about music too is that the meaning of a song changes based on current circumstances. With what we are going through right now with the Black Lives Matter movement the lyrics are all of a sudden hitting me quite different.
How do you feel your recent records “Live in a Dream” and “Centerfold” have evolved from your earlier releases?
I mean most obviously they are way more pop sounding than my previous work. Previously I was very much about organic sounds all the way, but I knew with this new project I wanted to explore more of the pop world and how I could fit what I do into it. Outside of that, I also made a conscious decision that it wasn’t enough for me to just be the storyteller of others experiences but that I wanted to try and be as honest about my own personal experiences as possible.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d describe my sound as “Soulful Pop”. I grew up on so many different genres and really try to infuse them in what I do as much as I can. People resonate with authenticity, and I think this is part of it. I spent a lot of time trying to make music I thought people would like or I was told would be the key. I truly feel once I stopped trying to be “cool” and just started to write and make music that felt good to me, people started to connect more with me and my music.
You’ve been described as not just a musician but more of a creator does this mean your style of making music is different to the modern methods?
There are many ways to be an artist, and for me it’s being very involved in every aspect. From the writing to production, to designing all the artwork and working very closely on art directing the photoshoots and video shoots – I have a hand in it all. It can be tiring at times, but I’d rather be tired from making sure the vision stays true than be passive and end up disappointed with the results.
What would you say is the biggest challenge for any LGBTQA+ Artist in the music industry?
I think a huge challenge is that a lot of the people at the top have an old school mentality of thinking our stories are not going to be taken seriously in our voices. But we are proving them wrong. This is one of the major benefits of the streaming era, independent artists can reach their audiences without being held back. It’s allowing us to show that our stories matter and people need to and want to hear it from us directly.
Can you name the lyrics that you're most proud of which you’ve written?
Oh boy… I’m gonna say it’s one from a song that isn’t even out yet, but the sentiment sticks with me just the same as it did when I first wrote it: “I wish I could see myself the way you see me / in your eyes I’m so damn perfect / if only I believed”. I really struggle with seeing my self-worth and beauty (as I’m sure a lot of people do) and this lyric is always a reminder to me of that and trying to get out of my head.
What can you expect in the local music scene of Toronto?
A very eclectic bunch of musicians. Because Toronto is so multicultural a lot of the music that comes out of here fuses many different genres and soundscapes. Which I think makes the scene here quite exciting
What have you been doing in Lockdown to keep yourself busy, have you been writing new material?
The lockdown more than anything has just opened me up to have more time to do creative things. So with that I have done a fair bit of writing, but also allowing myself to be okay with not feeling guilty about taking some time off. So I have been enjoying some bingeworthy TV, spending time with my puppy, and now have been very active as well on educating people on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Outside of music what takes your interest?
I love photography and animated films. I used to be very heavy into doing portraits of other artists but haven’t had a ton of time to do so in the last little bit. But it’s still a passion of mine.
So what’s next for Tafari Anthony?
There will definitely be at least one more single before the year is up… and we’ll see if these result in an EP or Album by the end of the year. I’m constantly working on new music so if it feels right, and there’s a body of work there, then there’ll definitely be some kind of collection.
1. Tell us about your new single Lullaby for Lucas, what is the meaning behind this track?
Lullaby for Lucas is a song which encompasses different snapshots of things I’ve experienced throughout my life so far, views I’ve formed over time and people I’ve met over the years. The song is specifically about a man named Lucas ; an opera singer turned nomad who I met one night in a bar one night whilst I was walking the Camino De Santiago in northern Spain. Lucas was the catalyst for the song but lyrically, the song contains my perceptions of different aspects of life and humanity, topics of forgiveness and not being so quick to judge others.
2. You're known for performing up and down the country playing acoustic sets at festivals including Glastonbury, Rollright Fayre and Secret Garden Party, Which festival is your favourite to play?
-Rollright Fayre. It’s a very special, small Festival near the famous Rollright Stones around the border of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, which are steeped in history, so it’s a good place for people to come together and celebrate folk culture and tradition. There’s a real community feel and people work very hard to make it such a special event. There’s a wide variety of live music and the talent is always humbling to see.
I once played in a yurt at two in the morning with my friend Nye Parsons on double bass with the rain pouring outside and everyone sat on the floor of the yurt listening. A moment I won’t ever forget.
3. You began writing songs as a teenager, what was your inspiration and which artist did you look up to and learn from?
-I’ve been singing since all my life, I grew up with watching my mother sing on stage and it was after a family tragedy that I first began writing songs when I was a young teenager. I remember listening religiously to Regina Spektor at that time, but I would have to say Joni Mitchell has been my greatest inspiration over time. There are so many though, I could list my musical inspirations for pages!
4. What’s the lyric you are most proud of that you have written?
-‘My idols are rebels, they smoke and grind, and my daemons are devils, they talk all the time, about burning bridges and crossing the line. And you climb every rung ‘til you reach he sky, but you’re trespassing on paradise.’
5. You began busking from a young age and then going around the world busking in so many different countries, what did you learn in all these different environments?
-I learnt a lot about confidence through performing on the street, I learned to rise to the occasion every time, (some days are harder than others) and that if I’m open and honest and I put every scrap of my energy into my performance; people will appreciate it and respond. Street performing has helped me when I get to wondering what or who I’m playing music for. When I see the response, it’s like living proof that live music means so much to people and you never know who you may touch with your music that day. I’ve had such honest conversations with people which I’ll always cherish. Playing on the street has shown me how music cuts through everything; this has been said many times but it is a language everybody can understand.
6. What is the hardest part of the music industry for a singer songwriter like yourself?
-Getting to a point in my career and in myself when I’m ready to tour and know I can do the best job I can possibly do. Needless to say the landscape of touring for musicians is in a frightening position with so many Grassroots Venues being forced to close due to Lock-down.
7. How would you describe your music style?
8. Venues up and down the country are struggling during the lockdown period, which independent venue is your favourite place to play?
-The Black Dove in Brighton
9. Which unsigned band or artist have you enjoyed listening to recently?
- T. Hardy Morris
10. Where can we find your new single Lullaby for Lucas and what’s next for Katherine Abbott?
-My two singles are available to stream on all online platforms: Spotify, Youtube, Apple music, Deezer, ect.
And I’m currently working on an EP in the studio, sketching plans for an album to follow and I plan to tour whenever venues can open up again after the Lockdown if lifted and facilitate live music. I hope this will be soon and that the government can give care packages to save our venues, and the millions of jobs currently at stake.
1) What can we expect musically from your new EP Intérimes?
A sound that is more R&B/Soul than what I’ve done before. Songs about love and heartache. Grooves that can make you feel like bouncing your head. Bass lines for days. Hopefully melodies that you want to sing along to. And always, a very honest message. No one has influenced me or told me what to do. This music is all truly the work of the artist and her chosen collaborators with no business involved in the process.
2) You’ve given us a taste of what to expect from your new EP with the songs you’ve released in the build up, so which track out of “Middle”, “Twilight” and “After Midnight” was the most fun to write?
We had some serious loughs writing After Midnight. I wrote it with Morgan Wiley and Jonathan Singletary. We even had a whole not so PC alternative title!
3) The EP translated to English is “in the meantime”, what’s the meaning behind the EP?
Intérimes is actually a made up word. I came up with it with my brother . It is a combination of the Latin “interim” and the French word for rhymes which is “rimes”. It means in the meantime because all of the songs take place at a different time of the day, but it also means “in between the rimes”.
4) What is the lyric you're most proud to of written?
“I’m suspended in the air waiting for someone who cares”
5) What’s it like releasing an EP during the COVID 19 lockdown and when is the release date so everyone can get a copy?
The EP came out on July 10th. It’s actually made me feel very lucky… Besides the unfathomable thought of not being able to perform and tour, it’s still very comforting to know that people might have time to listen to music more than usual. It’s encouraged me to keep going and given me a new perspective on why I make music. It gave me this laser focus and clarity.
6) Since leaving your post as lead singer of nu-disco outfit Escort, you’ve quickly proven yourself to be one of the hardest working women in music, but what is the hardest part of being part of the music industry and have you any advice for any artists who are just starting out?
I think the difficult part is knowing that our careers are not only determined by the quality of our work. Being in such a metric system, it is so challenging to beat the odds and get people to listen with their ears before looking at the numbers. It just takes a lot of time, and I’ve been doing this for a very long time. I’m not looking at a finish line and am truly enjoying the process. My life is now in the present and I’m very happy with my evolution. My advice would be to just make music that is true to you and not compromise. Make something that YOU are proud of and the rest will follow. Just be patient and keep working.
7) It’s been a turbulent few weeks for America and the wider the world, you’ve thrown yourself fully into the Black Lives Matters campaign. In your view how can the music industry play it’s part in the Black Lives Matter campaign and make the industry a more diverse and equal environment?
We need to have Black people in executive positions. We need Black women executives. We need Black men and women CEOs of major labels. We need Black men and women A&Rs. Of course Black people are a minority percentage wise and that is a fact, however we need to make sure to take in consideration the fact that most pop music derives from musical genres that were invented by Black people and make sure that is represented within the decision making realm.We need to not marvel at White artists for sounding black. I’ve always felt like Black artists need to do so much more in order to impress. We need to make sure to give equal opportunities to Black artists.
8) People may know you as the bassist in Cee-Lo Green’s band, What was it like being part of the band?
It was a dream come true. I used to listen to CeeLo as a teenager. t feels like a special gig because CeeLo gives us so much space to shine. He never wants us to behave like a “backup band”. He wants us to be in front, big and to entertain. I also learned a lot from the other women in the band. They are all fierce and so knowledgeable.
9) Who are the artists who inspired you to become an artist and write your own music?Growing up in was Mariah Carey. I’m still so baffled that most people don’t know she writes all her songs… She was the first example of a female leader with an incredible voice who wrote her own music. Minnie Riperton is another one. Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone… My Favorited artist of all times will always be Prince. Outkast, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo were modern times visionaries who helped shape my vision and taste.
10) What’s next for you and your musical career ?
Figuring out how to navigate this no-live-show-world! Hopefully that ends soon. In the meantime, I am developing my fan base and working on the next record!