I was born in Wiltshire but moved around a lot until
I moved to London ten years ago.
instruments you use:
Fender Precision bass guitar, Fender Thinline 69 Telecaster, MicroKorg, Baby Taylor acoustic guitar, ukulele and Logic 8 to make drum beats. I also play violin and saxophone but not often these days, though I still have a collection of recorders I have plans for and I was recently given a beautiful melodica which will sound amazing with some distortion on it.
style of music:
Grungy dystopian gloom-pop
She Makes War was a three piece female band for a short period before the other girls left to do other things - we lived really far away from each other so it was hard to keep it going, but we did some good shows together before I carried on solo. I sometimes play bass and sing for bigger bands and I've been really busy doing that for the last four years, that's why it took a while to actually get in to the studio and complete the debut album, due out in September. I played solo shows whenever I was home and finally went in to the studio with my co-producer Myles Clarke last December and we made the album in 17 days.
what's your message?
Always keep your heart - and your eyes - open.
do you play shows and how do they look like?
I do play shows and they are sparkly! I perform on Telecaster with vocal looping, ukulele and sometimes beats.
what was the craziest show you've ever played ?
The craziest has to be playing at the Freedom Festival II at this amazing squat in Crouch End, London called Krankenhouse. The whole building was painted with murals and decorated with art and photographs and I played in a little room lit with a red light where people had to cram in and sit on the floor. That was wonderful - I want to feel that close to the audience at every show.
what was the worst and why?
The worst was playing at a festival in Kent - it took hours to get there and I was playing on a little outside stage playing at the same time as a really noisy rock band whose stage was too close to mine! All I could hear the whole time I was performing was the other band. Luckily my audience could hear me and said they liked it.
what are your future plans?
I'm working very hard at the moment to get the artwork completed for the album - it's going to be made up of photographs I've taken over the last few years - and getting everything ready for releasing my next single on July 11th. I have the video to finish this weekend then I have to start working on the European tour. In September I'm hopping on a train and travelling around France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, stopping off in Berlin for a few days then going home. check tourdates here
are you going for the big deal or are you more the d.i.y. type?
DIY all the way. I don't want to ask permission to do anything.
your 3 favorite bands:
Broken Social Scene Juliana Hatfield Carina Round - my favourite bands list is really long though...
your 3 favorite colors:
electric blue, red, gold
your 3 favorite dishes:
omelette tofu soup with coconut milk French toast
your 3 favorite movies:
Cherry Blossoms The Edukators The Assassination of Richard Nixon
your 3 favorite books:
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote,
The Python Years Diaries by Michael Palin,
Riot Grrrl: Revolution Girl Style Now!
your 3 favorite records:
Funeral by Arcade Fire,
Post by Bjork
It's A Wonderful Life by Sparklehorse
your 3 favorite venues:
Wilton's Music Hall Shepherds Bush Empire The Half Moon (Herne Hill), all in London.
your 3 favorite hobbies:
hula hooping, reading, watching movies
your 3 favorite animals:
dogs, horses, cats
3 things you totally need on stage:
guitar, microphone, people to play for
Food and water for everyone - humans need to share more.
what do you fight?
narrow-mindedness, ignorance, complacency
what's your best song eva and why?:
My favourite She Makes War song at the moment is "Olympian" (the album version). I wrote it in the first few days of 2010 when I was snowed in to a cottage in Scotland and the crunching sound at the start of the recording is me walking my dog in the knee deep snow.
"Got Milk" is the most danceable track on the album, and I wanted to offset all the digital elements with a hefty dose of analogue, so I recorded the lead vocals on to a dodgy old dictaphone I've had for years and we used that over the top of everything else - that's why it sounds so fuzzy. This song is about a few things: it's a reaction to being treated differently by bandmates on tour for being female, it's a little bit about friends having babies and if you think of the well known question: "What are little girls made of?" this is my response.