Kimmi Watson: 10 question interview

Kimmi Watson is the legend behind the She17 festival in Walthamshow (happening 21 Sept!) and a brilliant musician in her own right. Which she’s coming to show us on 22 August at the Old Queen’s Head when she plays our Unplugged night. Here’s her 10 question interview …

1. For people who’ve not heard you play live before, what can we expect from you at the LOUD WOMEN gig?

Dry & witty self penned acoustic new wave played on a parlour guitar and maybe with some random harmonica blasts!

2. Which is your favourite song to play and why? Tell us about it …

I have two : Elephant (which is on Spotify etc. via my band Sulk93). It’s a bit of a crowd pleasure and gets lots a great feedback whether played solo or with the band ! It’s cynical swipe at a horrible boss from my past! 

Pants on Fire – it’s the most immature song I’ve written! So it makes me feel young again. I’ll be topping and tailing my set with these two songs.

3. Do some super-lazy journalism on our behalf please, and fill in the blanks:

“My sound is like the lovechild of Patti Smith and Siouxsie with a bit on the side from Lou Read!”

4. What’s your proudest musical moment to date?

Launching She17music over six years ago and in doing so gaining the confidence to start writing some good songs for my group Sulk93 and getting them distributed!

5. Recommend a record and a book.

Record: Sistahs by Big Joanie – it’s my heaviest rotation!  

Book: To Throw Away Unopened – Viv Albertine. The best I’ve read in the last year. 

6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.

You asked, so here goes:

My acoustic set-up is a Guild M-120E with Electro Harmonix Polara pedal (sometimes) and Lee Oskar harmonicas, usually through a Fishman Loudbox mini! Amp or the PA desk! 

My eclectric set-up is a Fender Mustang or Gibson SG Special via a Marshall DFX amp with Fat Sandwich, Big Muff Nano, Vibra-trem and Polara pedals!  

Still awake? …I also use a Fender Jazz or Mustang bass with the Big Muff  + a Boss Bass Flanger & Fender Rumble 40 amp. when playing gigs with the band Ich Bin Finn! 

7. Who inspires you?

All the women, girls and non-binary folk out there making music and those who support them with events like Loud Women! We’re a mass movement making a big difference! 

8. What are your musical goals?

 I’m 55 now so it’s all about having fun, exploring new music, enjoying what I do  and inspiring the next generation to go for it! 

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your music right now?

 It’s out there! Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple  etc. It’s an acquired taste! Im hoping to record an album in 2020! 

10. Pass the mic – who are your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

Talking HeadsTina Weymouth was why I took up bass! David Byrne is why I write and record songs and why I’m ok singing with a Marmite voice!

Courtney Barnett – A very honest, charismatic songwriter and a fearless guitarist!

The Slits – Because they were also fearless and did not give a fuck! 

Big Joanie – so refreshing –  just wow! 

Patti Smith – For the best albumversary gig ever! (Horses at The Roundhouse)

Come see Kimmi Watson on 22 August at the Old Queen’s Head, Islington, performing with MIRI, I am Her, Kimmi Watson, Delila Black and Maya Kelly.

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