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(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #133: Joel Roberts of Otzeki

 
By on Friday, 9th March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Lauren Maccabee

As our own editor Mary wrote in The Music Blogger’s Guide to SXSW 2018 and in her Bands to Watch feature on them earlier in the week, London-based electronic duo Otzeki have an unusual relationship for band members: they’re not siblings but cousins. Mike Sharp and Joel Roberts have released two EPs already in Otzeki’s short history, and they are excited to drop their debut long player ‘Binary Childhood’ on the 13th of April, just after their trip to Austin for SXSW 2018. Leading into their Texas adventure, Roberts was kind enough to provide some rather cheeky answers to our SXSW-themed Quickfire Questions, which you can read below.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Electronic. Dance. Rock. Or EDR as we like to refer to it in jove.

Is this your first time at SXSW? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I think overall we are just extremely excited, as I have never been to America before, and lots of people said it was their favourite festival.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
We are excited to see Francobollo as we are playing at the same event as them, whilst our producer works with theirs. We have heard great things. Also a Brazilian artist called LaBaq, who got in touch with us, and sounds great! Maybe Frank Turner, just for the singalong shits and gigs/nostalgic reasons. And our French friends Fishbach!

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I think we are most looking forward to eating some ice creams in the sun, playing some concerts, seeing lots of bands, partying, meeting people and our friend Rob coming from New York.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
There is genuinely nothing unusual that I am ‘packing’.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Our tipple is usually a Guinness, although lately I have been getting very much into lagers. And also red wines! You can choose. Thanks in advance.

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

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I think ‘Three Lions on the Shirt’ is our earliest musical endeavour. We remember buying it from Woolworth’s with our dads, and every time we hear it we feel so nostalgic it almost makes us cry. I thought it was Aqua’S ‘Barbie Girl’ but just checked the release dates, and Badiel and Skinner’s classic came out first apparently!

What was your favourite song as a child?
Well, it depends really, I don’t think that there is such a thing as ‘favourite’, as also being a child is quite a long time! I mean, when I was little I loved Spice Girls, but when I was 10, 11, 12 nothing would beat Blink 182! Mike had the tape by DJ Otzi’S ‘Hey, Hey Baby’ and used to bring it to our house when we were children! That was great, as was Crazy Town’S ‘Butterfly’, which used to fly around a lot when we were together as children! (and still gives me goosebumps)…

What song always makes you laugh?
We occasionally play a cover which is half ‘5 Years’ by David Bowie and half ‘Satellite of Love’ by Lou Reed using a default preset drum loop off my old guitar pedal which cracks us up.

What song always makes you cry?
You probably get this all the time, but ‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley.

What song reminds you of a specific memory? (For example, the first time you fell in love, the first concert you ever attended, etc. It’s up to you if you want this to be nice or naughty!)
‘Evangeline’ by Angels of Light reminds me of a very happy time when Mike used to live in Wapping and I used to come to stay, when we first got together (not sexual) and drink loads of beers and smoke fags on the roof, then go down the beach and watch the sunset with our brother Charlie, who is now also our manager.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
I think any of the greats by Bob Dylan, which for me constitutes as ‘Boots of Spanish Leather’, ‘One Too Many Mornings’, or ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’. I think he is one of our favourites. I often think of Simon and Garfunkel as the pinnacle of music, but mainly only ‘April Come She Will’, ‘Sound of Silence’ (1964 version without electric guitars), ‘Scarborough Fair’ or ‘Mrs. Robinson’. None of the others.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I would be full time at the Carphone Warehouse.

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 spoke to God last week, and he said we can bring as many albums into heaven as we so wish, and that this rule was only created by a blog. He said he is God and promotes a generosity of spirit and happiness that acquaints to as many albums as anybody pleases. But would probably be ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ by Pink Floyd, TBF.

Do any of your friends and/or colleagues have any upcoming music releases we should know about?
Our friends Island are also releasing a shit hot album in April 2018 called ‘Feels Like Air’. Gene on Earth’s second EP coming out on his own label ‘Limousine Dream’ for fans of underground dance music. And our good friend Liam/Desert Sound Colony is releasing some killer music at the moment, both on his own label ‘Holding Hands’ and others.

Our thanks to Thomas and Charlie for arranging this email q&a. As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Otzeki’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #132: Stella Donnelly

 
By on Thursday, 8th March 2018 at 1:00 pm
 

Perth, Australia singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly will make her excursion to Austin next week for SXSW 2018, on the strength of her debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’, which has been picked up for release in the U.S. via Secretly Canadian. The EP contains a couple of provocative and very thoughtfully written tracks, including ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, which Donnelly herself describes on YouTube as “my attempt at making sense of society’s tendency to blame the victims of sexual assault and rape and make excuses for the perpetrators.” She continues, “The video itself was intended to express the burden of victim blaming and sexual assault on the victims themselves as the mundane aspects of life go on. A song is just a song but at the very least I hope it will open up difficult yet important conversations between family members, friends, government bodies, organisations and most importantly, boys and men.”

Before she packed her bags to head to America, Donnelly took the time to answer our SXSW-themed Quickfire Questions. Her responses below provide us some interesting information about her childhood and musical influences, as well as clueing us in on the one thing she’s most looking forward to doing while in Austin (hint: it’s not singing!).

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
[Ms. Donnelly left this answer blank, which only whets our curiosity more. We’ll have to take a listen while we’re in Austin and get back to you on this one! -CC]

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I have heard SXSW be described as the rambunctious yet kind older brother of other showcase festivals like The Great Escape (UK) and BIGSOUND (AUS). If you ask me at certain times of the day about how I’m feeling leading up to the festival, I have a different answer each time, sometimes nervous, sometimes excited, sometimes utterly terrified.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
Being from Western Australia, I don’t get to see other bands from both Australia and Wales (where I grew up) play very often so I’m really excited to support and watch all of the Welsh and Aussies who are representing at SXSW!

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
EATING.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual.
A foam roller for my back! It’s a long flight from Perth to Austin.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Usually it would be a beer, but if I’m at SXSW it would be a peppermint tea, thanks!

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

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My dad holding me above his head as a baby and singing ‘Smoke on the Water’ while he bopped me around.

What was your favourite song as a child?
It changed each week, but I do distinctly remember loving ‘Don’t Need the Sunshine’ by Catatonia.

What song always makes you laugh?
‘Living Thing’ by Electric Light Orchestra because we used to all make funny dances to it.

What song always makes you cry?
‘Tears in the Typing Pool’ by Broadcast.

What song reminds you of a specific memory?
‘No Woman’ by Whitney represents meeting my boyfriend, Jordan. How cheesy!!

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong’ by Leonard Cohen.

Who is your favourite artist? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer, or an actor, visual artist, etc.)
Right now, it’s Aldous Harding.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I think I’d still be at university, trying to work it out.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Billy Bragg, ‘Workers Playtime’, because it’s the soundtrack to my innocent childhood, so I might have more of a chance of getting in!

Our thanks to Max for arranging this email q&a. After SXSW, Donnelly is planning to embark on a brief tour of America before heading back to Australia for a pair of shows with First Aid Kit and a co-headline tour with Alex the Astronaut. A full list of Donnelly’s upcoming shows can be found on her Bandcamp page. As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Stella Donnelly’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #131: Rachel K Collier

 
By on Wednesday, 7th March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Jamie C. Panton

Welsh electronic dance musician and producer Rachel K Collier will make her maiden voyage to Austin for SXSW 2018 later this month, and her latest single ‘Darkshade’ will drop on the 16th of March, right in the midst of all the action. Collier has shared her excitement about the trip–where else?–on her YouTube channel. The video below provides a sneak peek at her live setup, and her lively answers to our Quickfire Questions reveal some interesting details about Collier’s musical background and her expectations for SXSW. Watch and read to find out more . . .

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Energetic, Percussive, Emotive.

Is this your first time at SXSW? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Yes, it is my first time at SXSW. I am beyond excited–I imagine it to be this whole buzzing city with hundreds of shows going on at the same time, a super positive and an inspiring place to be! I am also really looking forward to playing my music in the U.S. for the first time, and I want to try and get stuck in with the Austin lifestyle and culture as much as possible.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
Pale Waves, as they are playing after me on the BBC Introducing stage at the British Music Embassy [on Tuesday the 13th of March]. They have a powerful presence and have definitely intrigued me, so can’t wait to see their show! [We at TGTF are intrigued too; you can read our Bands to Watch feature on Pale Waves back here. -CC]

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Staying with Austin locals, seeing the city and drinking a cider in the sun whilst listening to some new music!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
My bass synth, haha, as I already have too much baggage and a sh*t load of clothes (plus dry shampoo).

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

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

What song is your earliest musical memory?
My mum playing Beethoven on piano.

What was your favourite song as a child?
As a child, from my Dad’s collection, ‘Do You Love Me’ by The Contours and also Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Wanna Be With You’. As a teenager, Michael Jackson, ‘Bad’. When [my dad] started playing Westlife, I resigned from listening to anymore Dad music.

What song always makes you laugh?
Everything Everything – ‘No Reptiles’, lyrics “Like a fat child in a push chair, old enough to run”.

What song always makes you cry?
‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. Reminds me very much of someone I miss.

What song reminds you of a specific memory? (For example, the first time you fell in love, the first concert you ever attended, etc. It’s up to you if you want this to be nice or naughty!)
Getting into my first night club (very underage with hand-made fake IDs), we walked in and they were playing that Daft Punk song ‘One More Time’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ – the lyrics in this song!!!!!!!

Who is your favourite artist? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer, or an actor, visual artist, etc.)
Hot Chip!!!!! The sound design in their tracks is unbeatable.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Teaching languages in another country, I love languages.

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.)
Michael Jackson – ‘Bad’.

Collier plans to take a quick southern detour to Mexico after her stop in Austin, perhaps for a necessary bit of R&R.  Her upcoming work projects include a new Ableton live performance for her YouTube channel and another trip abroad, this time to teach Ableton production to girls in India. Also in the works is a You Tube collaboration with producer Andrew Huang, which she describes as four producers taking the same song and each creating their own version by cutting and remixing. That project is scheduled for release this spring.

Thank you to Max for his assistance with this q&a feature. As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Rachel K Collier’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #130: Allman Brown

 
By on Monday, 5th March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

We recently featured singer/songwriter Allman Brown as our (SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #397. If you’ve already read that article, you’ll know that Brown’s new EP ‘Bury My Heart’ is due for release on the 16th of March, right in the middle of his trip to Austin for SXSW 2018. The EP will feature an eponymous title track, along with the tender ballad ‘Moonlight’, which you can hear just below.

After giving Brown’s songs a listen, we were keen to know more about him, and he provided us some interesting background information in the form of answers to our Quickfire Questions. Brown’s replies reveal his musical influences as well as a few of his literary and alimentary preferences. Read on to find out what he had to say . .

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Caramel folk-pop.

Is this your first time at SXSW? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I am very excited! It sounds like an uber festival with every artistic medium rubbing shoulders and with some other crazy stuff thrown in for good measure. Also I am pumped to get me some good Texan food.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
Max Richter. For my money, he is the greatest composer of our times.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Just meeting people and soaking up the atmosphere. I’ve heard so many people say what a great place it is.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Several books. That doesn’t sound crazy, I know, but what makes it unusual is that I bring a choice so it feels like I have a little library with me. It’s like a piece of home. I’m a super packer with everything else but books I just can’t get enough of. Wow, I sound like a nerd.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Well . . . different occasions call for different drinks. In this instance I feel we should share some bourbon together.

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

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Bad’ by Michael Jackson.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Bad’ by Michael Jackson.

What song always makes you laugh?
‘Bad’ by . . . only joking. I mean, it has to be ‘Business Time’ by Flight of The Conchords.

What song always makes you cry?
‘Breathe Me’ by Sia.

What song reminds you of a specific memory? (For example, the first time you fell in love, the first concert you ever attended, etc. It’s up to you if you want this to be nice or naughty!)
There are so many! For this question I will pick ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness, which is a track my three close friends at university and I would air guitar to whenever it played in the club. We each had our own special section, and as you can probably tell, it was pretty fucking cool, ha! One time my friend Grant was engaged in some romantic activity which he cut short, just so he wouldn’t miss his bit. It was a simpler time.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Not Dark Yet’ by Bob Dylan.

Who is your favourite artist? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer, or an actor, visual artist, etc.)
This is just getting cruel now! Hmm, at the moment it’s Paul Thomas Anderson.

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

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.)
‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ by Bon Iver.

Do any of your friends and/or colleagues have any upcoming music releases we should know about?
Yes indeed, keep your eyes peeled for Liz Lawrence‘s new stuff. It’s awesome.

Our thanks to Jeremy for arranging this email q&a. Following SXSW, Brown is planning an American tour in May and another EP release later this year. As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, Allman Brown’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

 

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #129: Courtney Marie Andrews

 
By on Monday, 26th February 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

American alt-country artist Courtney Marie Andrews left her home in Arizona at the tender age of 16, taking up a life of music and full time touring. Her official Bandcamp page shows a fairly lengthy list of early EP and LP releases, but Andrews’ major breakthrough came with her 2016 album ‘Honest Life’, which was picked up by Fat Possum/Mama Bird in the U.S. and Loose Music in the UK, and re-released in 2017.

Less than a year has passed since that release, but Andrews already has a brand new album recorded and ready to go. ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is due for release on the 23rd of March, just after Andrews’ scheduled appearance at SXSW 2018. ICYMI, we recently featured the album’s latest single ‘Kindness of Strangers’ as our Video of the Moment #2793. Andrews is one of the artists I’m most looking forward to seeing in Austin this year, and she was gracious enough to answer our set of Quickfire Questions ahead of the event.  Read on to get better acquainted . . .

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Words, Imagery, Feelings.

Is this your first time at SXSW? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I can’t believe after ten years of touring this will be my first SXSW. I’m hot-diggity ready! Ten years is too long to not attend and perform at one of the quintessential music festivals, as a full-time musician.

Of the bands who have already been announced, are there any you’re particularly interested to see? If yes, who are they and why?
I’m very excited to hear Marlon Williams play, ’cause I think he has an incredible voice. I’m also very much looking forward to playing at Luck Reunion and hear Willie [Nelson] play that night. I’ve been hearing about that part of the festival for years, and I’m very excited to finally experience it.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’m looking forward to rockin’ the hell out with my band and catching up with all my pals in the music world.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I always pack one too many pairs of earrings and only ever end up wearing one pair the entire tour. Bad habit.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Depending on the night. If it’s chill, a glass of Pinot Noir. If it’s rowdy, a shot of tequila. Somewhere in the middle, I’ll go for Gin & Tonics, Whiskey Gingers, Margaritas with salt, or Manhattans. My drink of choice is very mood oriented but those are my top picks.

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

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Edelweiss’ from Sound of Music.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Respect’ by Aretha Franklin, or ‘Blue’ by LeAnn Rimes.

What song always makes you laugh?
‘We’re Not the Jetset’ by George Jones and Tammy Wynette.

What song always makes you cry?
‘River’ by Joni Mitchell.

What song reminds you of a specific memory? (For example, the first time you fell in love, the first concert you ever attended, etc. It’s up to you if you want this to be nice or naughty!)
Jerry Garcia’s entire ‘Lonesome Prison Blues’ album reminds me of the time I spent four nights on a Greyhound bus on the way to New York. I sat next to some of the nicest prostitutes and convicts, and I felt like I had lived every lyric Jerry sang about on that record. Every time I see a Greyhound bus I feel the urge to listen to that record.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Ooooh, that’s so hard. SO MANY. Off the top of my head, I’d say ‘Picture in a Frame’ by Tom Waits.

Who is your favourite artist? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer, or an actor, visual artist, etc.)
A Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin love child, in a perfect world.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I would probably try my hand at writing novels, or try and become an anthropologist. Those are careers that always seemed to hold a lot of stories in them, and I could never do something that didn’t involve a story.

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 HARD. I’d bring Paul Robeson, ‘The Power and the Glory’, because that feels like a good album to listen to in “Heaven.”

Along with her own new album (naturally!), Andrews also recommends an upcoming release from one of her Mama Bird Recordings label mates. “The opener for my U.S. tour, Matt Dorrien, is releasing a beautiful new album on [the 27th of April]! I’d definitely look out for that one!” (NPR featured that album’s lead single ‘Baby I’m So Lost’ back in January; it’s well worth a listen.)

Andrews has a full slate of shows lined up for her time at SXSW 2018; you can keep up with her showcase appearances by checking the official SXSW 2018 schedule. Following SXSW, Andrews will hit the road with her band for live shows in the North America, Europe, and Australia. Details of her UK and Ireland shows are right back here, and a full listing of her upcoming live dates can be found on her official Web site.

Our thanks to Doug for arranging this e-mail q&a.

 

(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #128: Morgxn

 
By on Thursday, 27th April 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Editor Mary and I started off the Friday morning of  SXSW 2017 on the expansive lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel for the wonderful and well-attended BMI / AT&T Fiber Acoustic Brunch. Mary had to leave early for some other Friday engagements, but I stayed on for the whole showcase of talented singer/songwriters, not the least of whom was the show’s final performer, Los Angeles pop songwriter Morgxn.

Earlier this month, Morgxn (who pronounces it as “Morgan”) dropped a brand new single called ‘xx’. Take a listen to it just below, then read on for Morgxn’s reflections on this year’s SXSW, his early music-related memories, and the one song that pushes all his emotional buttons.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/fOIIAE14hgg[/youtube]

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Soulful, tethered, big.

Was this your first time at SXSW? Were you nervous / excited / anxious about it? Did the festival live up to your expectations?
It was my first time, but I went into it ready to have fun and show up. It was like music summer camp and I miss it already.

Name something you had packed in your suitcase for the trip to Austin that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I had my own travel incense case. My hotel was a sanctuary.

What were some of the fun tourist/sight-seeing things you did in Austin during SXSW?
Ate BBQ at Lambert’s and am still feeling it . . .

Did you get the chance to see any other bands or artists play during SXSW? Who were your favourites?
Charlotte Cardin was my take away moment.  [She was a favourite of mine too; check out our coverage right back here. – CC]

If we had run into you in a downtown Austin bar, we’d have offered to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Mezcal neat.

What was your favourite album from the last year and why?
James Blake‘s ‘The Colour in Anything’. Tone/soul/rhythm/emotion/texture/cohesion.

What are your post-SXSW plans? Any touring, recording, other activities on the horizon?
I’ve released a remix of ‘Hard Pill to Swallow’ by GreatGoodFineOK. They flipped the song in such a cool way. I am releasing songs from my EP ‘Vital’ as singles, and I’m simultaneously in the studio working on my record because I don’t sit still well and all of it is a part of my process – recording/releasing/touring… they go together for me.

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘A House is Not a Home’. I think Luther [Vandross] was my first discovery of soul and heartache.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Oh Susanna.’

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYiXyZwgPB8[/youtube]

What song makes you laugh?
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer.

What song makes you cry?
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer.

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.)
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer.

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.)
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d
written yourself?
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer. [Morgxn helpfully provided me with a YouTube link for this song. I think maybe he wanted us to have a listen? Check it out just below. — CC]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF_o7aSjl_E[/youtube]

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

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

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.)
Stevie Wonder, ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ (disc 2) for ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ on repeat.

Special thanks, once again, to Jodie for arranging this e-mail q&a. You can read our past collection of Quickfire Questions (and their answers), including several from artists who showcased at SXSW 2017, right back here.

 
 
 

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