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(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #103: Gwenno

 
By on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin in mid-March, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. In this installment, we’ve got Gwenno, a star from Wales who made her name previously as part of a band, now striking out as a superstar all her own. Stay tuned, for tomorrow, my roundup of the Welsh artists making the trek to Austin in less than a fortnight’s time will publish.

Over a decade since the heyday of The Pipettes, Gwenno Saunders – now recording and releasing music under the first name mononym Gwenno – will be appearing at this year’s SXSW for the first time as a solo artist. She’ll also be performing entirely in Welsh, which famously is known as an extremely difficult language to understand by those unfamiliar with it. But hey, if Sigur Ros could conquer the world in Icelandic, so can superwoman Gwenno, eh? Read Gwenno’s answers to our SXSW 2016 Quickfire Questions below.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Dream pop protest.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Nappies! I’ll be bringing my baby son with me!

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Not much in the way of alcohol at the moment, maybe a virgin margarita?!

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?
Take it all in your stride!

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Having played with The Pipettes nearly 10 years ago now (!) I’m really excited to be coming back to SXSW to be playing my solo music. It’s quite different (a different style and language!) so I imagine the reaction will be too!

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Probably something off the Brenda Wootton and Richard Gendal album ‘Children Singing’, that vinyl was on constant rotation at home when I was little.

What was your favourite song as a child?
My favourite piece of music was ‘Glasgow Reel’ by Gerry Conlon and Seamus O’Sullivan, as it was my favourite tune to (Irish) dance to.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Mae Pawb yn Haeddu Glaw’ by Y Pencadlys. [I think we should all pledge to learn Welsh ASAP, do you all agree? – Ed.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E6uWBZHN_c[/youtube]

What song makes you cry?
‘Y Teimlad’ by Datblygu.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhEzVGap3Bg[/youtube]

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Dave R. Edwards (lead singer of Welsh post-punk/experimental band Datblygu).

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I may have stayed a dancer for longer…

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘I Hear a New World’ by Joe Meek.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtETzKAxuzM[/youtube]

Many thanks to the lovely Gwenno for answering our questions!

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #102: Tyla Campbell of The People The Poet

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin in mid-March, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ve been bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions since last week.

The person giving us his answers today is a representative from a band who I think are pretty special. I met Welsh band The People The Poet last year at SXSW 2015, and I’m so pleased that thanks to the benevolence of Horizons / Gorwelion, a scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales, they’re getting another opportunity to perform for everyone in Austin in 2 weeks. Read on for guitarist Tyla Campbell’s answers to this special edition of the TGTF Quickfire Questions. For all of our coverage here on TGTF on The People The Poet, go here.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Ambient indie rock. Or plain and simply rock ‘n’ roll.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
We were lucky enough to be at SXSW last year and didn’t have time to check out the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue, being a guitarist I really respect him as a player. He hasn’t inspired directly as such but John Mayer has and he’s deeply influenced by Stevie, so I would like to get a cheeky selfie with the statue. Of course, we’re gonna be checking out as many bands possible and sampling as much BBQ as we can handle!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Yes, I’ve been keeping up to date with the announcements. The festival is so diverse but acts that spring to mind include The Cult, Sun Kil Moon, Bloc Party, The new Iggy Pop and Josh Homme project and for nostalgic reasons the band Rooney who I will always remember performing on the programme The OC when I was 15!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
It’s not unusual but last year I forgot suntan lotion, which I deeply regretted! So this year I’ll make sure to pack factor 30 or above! [This is a good tip to EVERYONE. Especially those of you from Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia who tend to sunburn and sun peel easily! – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’m happy to drink beer all night long, and I’ve especially been getting into my local ales recently. But if I knew the person buying me a drink was loaded with cash? I would definitely take advantage and ask for a double rum and Coke, please.

What advice would you give other bands who have never played at SXSW before?

Try and make a plan of what you want to achieve at SXSW so you make sure that you’re being productive but try and give yourself some spare time to explore Austin and its surroundings. Last year we went to ashooting range on our first day, went to a rodeo on our final day, and went swimming in a natural springs pool!

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
An embarrassing video of me at the age of 7 went viral on my social networks last year due to my brother uploading a video of me rocking out and singing to AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’, so I would have to say that. I was quite impressed that I knew the words to ‘Highway to Hell’ at the age of 7 though!

What was your favourite song as a child?
It was all about car mix tapes when I was younger. Certain songs that come to mind is Joe Satriani – ‘Rubina’s Blue Sky of Happiness’ whilst driving to Cornwall on holiday with my family. That and just the ‘Hall & Oates’ Greatest Hits’. I was lucky enough to see them live at a festival we played recently and they blew my mind!

What song makes you laugh?
Any of the songs that South Park release. Most of the titles you probably can’t publish, so we’ll just leave it as that!

What song makes you cry?
In all honesty the last time I cried would have been at my Grandmother’s funeral years and years ago. So I would have to say Des’ree – ‘I’m Kissing You’, as that was the song played at her funeral and it’s such an emotional and powerful song in its own right.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2MihwQSnX4[/youtube]

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
There’s so many to choose from, I’d probably have a different answer everyday. Today I’d say The Airborne Toxic Event – ‘Sometime Around Midnight’. My mate’s band were supporting them in a small venue in Cardiff so we stuck around, not knowing what to expect but they just blew all our minds! Especially that song, I was obsessed with it for months, I just love how the song just gradually builds every verse and the use of strings is fantastic and the lyrics are just genius.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYPoMjR6-Ao[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
One of my favourite bands are the Eagles and I was absolutely gutted when I heard about Glenn Frey’s passing. So I’d say Glenn Frey, or the Frey/Henley partnership. They wrote so many great songs together that could soundtrack a lifetime.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
My previous jobs included working in retail and at a screenprinting studio, neither of which I really enjoyed. I was however interested in media at a point, and I studied it for my A levels, so maybe writing for a music publication!

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
One album, you say? Again, a tough one. I think maybe because I listen to it in some shape or form whilst going to asleep every week Sigur Ros – ‘Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust’ (yes, I copied and pasted that). I’m sure that album could help me rest in peace.

Cheers, Tyla, for answering our questions. See you and The People the Poet in Austin, brutha!

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #101: Violet Skies

 
By on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin in mid-March, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today we’ve got for you the responses of Wales singer/songwriter Violet Skies, who’s got an arresting voice and is bound to be one of the female artists to watch coming out of this year’s SXSW. I can tell she worships a particular female classic American singer/songwriter, which is pretty cool. Read on… Stay tuned, too, for a Welsh showcasing artist roundup here on TGTF soon.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Electronic, cinematic soul.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Singing/eating, maybe at the same time. Who knows.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Fickle Friends are playing the BME showcase with me on the Friday, come and see them too – they’re like bottled palm trees and lovely people. I’m also keen to see JP Cooper, an incredible, incredible vocalist playing on Friday evening, I saw him in a tiny London venue last year and he’s gone on to great things. Also be sure check out Sykes, Transviolet, Gwenno and The People the Poet.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I’ll be bringing a couple of boxes of ginger tea and Cajun pepper. I mix the two with honey and hot water and it keeps away any vocal issues. It makes your eyes water but actually tastes really good!

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’ll have a spiced rum and ginger beer with two wedges of lime and some crushed ice please. Or we can do vodka shots, your call.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
First time in the US of A for lil’ old me. The band have all been before, and my drummer has toured there lots, so he’s excited for U..S audiences again. I’ve heard good things, I’ve heard scary things about the size of SXSW, but I cannot wait to get out and just sing for people.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I’ve got an awful memory, even recalling yesterday is a bit of struggle, but my earliest musical ones are probably singing with my little sister and our parents to their vinyls and CD collection in our front room.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No’ from Showboat. My parents have said that aged 3, I disappeared at dinner at some local pub, and I had climbed up onto a makeshift stage and was singing it to the whole place. Classy gal. I actually sang it years later in shows.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A18kYnP4Pec[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
Barenaked Ladies, ‘One Week’. See below for reasons:

“Chickity China the Chinese chicken
You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin’
Watchin’ X-Files with no lights on
We’re dans la maison
I hope the Smoking Man’s in this one
Like Harrison Ford I’m getting frantic
Like Sting I’m tantric
Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy”

[I thought I was the only one who remembered the words to this, ha! – Ed.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC_q9KPczAg[/youtube]

What song makes you cry?
‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ by Bonnie Raitt, or ‘Goodnight My Angel’ by Billy Joel, -OR- the theme tune to Forrest Gump. Put all three on one after the other, and I’d probably be in bed all week, sobbing.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
OOOH good question guys! Gavin Degraw, ‘Belief’. I was late to the Degraw party, but I listened to him a lot when I was 17/18.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
There’s not really a song that carries bad memories for me actually, music has the opposite effect. If I’m ever feeling down, I whack on some Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ or ‘Hotel California’ by the Eagles.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘A Case of You’ – Joni Mitchell. Art of the highest form.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAsXMlkwXgs[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Joni Mitchell. Her lyrics and melodies transcend music and she doesn’t abide by rules: her honesty is sometimes so raw, it’s breathtaking.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I used to go round saying I was going to be a ‘business lady’, and I carried a little Disney briefcase and some highlighters. I don’t know what business I was going to do, but I think people’s jobs would be much better if we all carried Disney briefcases.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Joni Mitchell, ‘Blue’ or the Spice Girls, ‘Spice World’. Make of that what you will.

Many thanks to the lovely Violet for answering our questions!

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #100: Noemi of Abjects

 
By on Monday, 29th February 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin in mid-March, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today, we’ve got Noemi (guitars/vocals) of London girl group Abjects – profiled in our first SXSW-themed Bands to Watch for this year’s SXSW in January by our Rebecca – to answer the festival version of our questions for bands. Noemi’s definitely no shrinking violet, based on reading the hard-hitting song choices she has in her walk through her musical upbringing.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Loud, fast, fun.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Drinking margaritas!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
PINS, Protomartyr, Bad Sports, Thee Oh Sees, Fat White Family, L7, The Moonlandingz… cause they’re all great!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Alka-Seltzers… best for hangovers.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
A margarita!

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
We were a little overwhelmed at first, as we didn’t quite understand how it works as a fest. We talked to a few friends that have been before and tried to picture it out in our heads. We still not sure what’s going to the like, but we’re super excited and can’t wait to be there and play, play, play.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Probably something by Alaska. I grew up in Spain and she had a children’s TV program called ‘La Bola de Cristal’ (The Crystal Ball) and had a lot of music on and some puppets called the electroduendes (the electro elfs) and La Bruja Averia (the breakdown witch), which had a really cool theme song.

What was your favourite song as a child?
It’s also Spanish. I remember I used to like a band called Mecano a lot.

What song makes you laugh?
‘The Ace of Spades’ by Motörhead.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBIa0o36pPo[/youtube]

What song makes you cry?
‘Long Was the Year’ by Broadcast.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Death Valley 69’ by Sonic Youth.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k0dJEkzXc4[/youtube]

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘School’ by Nirvana.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘What a Way to Die’ by The Pleasure Seekers.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Holly Golightly.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Something creative. I’d probably be a designer.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Redd Kross, ‘Born Innocent’, ’cause I think it’s perfection and I don’t ever get tired to listen to it.

Many thanks to the rockin’ Noemi for answering our questions!

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #99: Banners

 
By on Friday, 26th February 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin in mid-March, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today’s subject is Mike Nelson, now known under the stage name Banners, an up-and-coming pop star who came from a decidedly un-pop beginning.

Last month, Banners released his self-titled EP, and at the moment, he’s currently on tour in North America. However, before he left blighty for our shores, he kindly answered our Quickfire Questions for us. I have to admit, I am a bit biased towards this lad, as he’s from a North West town not only near and dear to my heart but incredibly important to my own musical background, but he also support the same footy team I do, and well…anyway! Read on…

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Oh wow. Okay… Anthemic. Heartfelt. Intimate.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’m mainly looking forward to carrying my unbelievably heavy amp from gig to gig….. I’m actually really looking forward to soaking in the atmosphere, to being completely surrounded by music and musicians.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I’d like to go and watch Hooton Tennis Club. I’ve heard they’re great and with them being fellow Liverpudlians we’ve gotta stick together. I’ve never actually seen them live, so I like the idea of going all the way to Austin to do it.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
My Liverpool scarf. It’s the thing i’d run back into the house to save from a fire. Once all the people where out, obviously. My Grandma gave it to me years ago and it goes everywhere with me. I’ve gotta remember to give it a wash actually! [::sheds a tear:: I knew he was a good’un! – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Vodka and Coke please. It’s the only hangover I can deal with. Beer does something weird to my throat and my songs are hard enough to sing without me self sabotaging! I don’t know why I made them so high. Idiot.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
This is the first time I’ve been to SXSW. I’m signed to Island in the United States, so I’ve played in America a few times. I’ve got a little American tour in the run up to SXSW, too, which will be fun. I like America and Americans. An English accent goes a long way too! I’m really looking forward to it. The lads I have in my band are all great, so I’m confident we’ll do a good job!

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My mum singing a song called ‘The Skye Boat Song’ to me and my twin sister when we were really really small.

What was your favourite song as a child?
I used to love ‘Life on Mars’ by David Bowie. My dad bought it for ‘Hunky Dory’ for me as a kid, and it was the first album I owned. I think he did it in case I ever got asked “what was the first album you owned” in an interview. Thanks Dad.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v–IqqusnNQ[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
Petty Sessions by Half man half biscuit. “I ring up Dial-A-Pizza/and say that’s not how I would spell ‘Hawaiian’…”

What song makes you cry?
‘Emily’ by Joanna Newsom. My god I love Joanna Newsom.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Kids’ by MGMT. I really fell in love when that song was playing once. Plus, it’s a total banger. A love banger. Whole new genre. You’re welcome.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Well, I used to be in the cathedral choir in Liverpool, which prides itself on its high standards. One of the hardest pieces was by a guy called Palestrina, so anything by that fella. Because singing it meant I was about to be upset because I was about to get shouted at for doing it wrong! I know you died 400 years ago Palestrina but man, every now and then, you made my life more difficult than it needed to be.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1QjkhENZg8[/youtube]

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen (made boss by Jeff Buckley).

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Guy Garvey. I love the honesty, I love his voice, I love the melodies, I love the lyrics. I love you, Guy Garvey. [I think I have to help make a collaboration happen between these two. Am I right, Carrie? – Ed.]

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
What’s the job where you’re totally lost and unhappy? That one.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
So I’ve died and the big man’s not even letting me bring my iPod? Bit mean. Have they not got Spotify up there? I’d take ‘Grace’ by Jeff Buckley. ‘Oracular Spectacular’ by MGMT so nearly made it and so did ‘Sea Change’ by Beck. But I’m hanging out with Jeff and his lovely lovely voice on a cloud with a harp, thanks.

We thank Mike for answering all of our questions and making us smile!

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #98: Tommy O’Dell of DMA’s

 
By on Thursday, 25th February 2016 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of SXSW in Austin in mid-March, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Gracing our figurative stage this morning is Tommy O’Dell, lead singer of Sydney trio DMA’s. Interestingly, they’ve been compared favourably to ’90s Britpop icons Oasis, some media saying they’re the 21st century vanguards of essentially Britpop 2.0. Or is that Aussiepop? Without further adieu, let’s let Tommy go and answer our Quickfire Questions… And let’s just say he could never be accused of having a motormouth…

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Wall of sound.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Eating Texas BBQ.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
To be honest I have no idea who’s playing… I am looking forward to seeing local acts do their thing. I think it’s important to try find bands from the area to check out.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I dunno if this is weird but I pack heaps of vitamins. I don’t have the most healthy lifestyle on the road, so I try make up for it by scoffing vitamins every day.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Stolichnaya vodka. [I can’t even spell that word, so I’m assuming he’s quite familiar with it… – Ed.]

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Na, we’ve played America before. Last year we did Gov Ball, Lolla[palooza] and Bonnaroo. We always get excited playing in the States, I guess it’s because it’s the Mecca of music. As a dude from Australia, you only dream of playing gigs in America.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Help’ by the Beatles.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘November Rain’, Guns ‘n’ Roses.

What song makes you laugh?
‘The Macarena’.

What song makes you cry?
Mike and the Mechanics, ‘The Living Years’. [Me too. – Ed.]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGDA0Hecw1k[/youtube]

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Pulp, ‘Common People’, that’s what I first shagged to.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Reminds me of Liverpool FC.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, the Beatles.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UQK-UcRezE[/youtube]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Bob Dylan.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Painting walls.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘Nebraska’, Bruce Springsteen. Because I can listen to it over and over.

Thanks Tommy for helping us out with your answers!

 
 
 

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