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Sophie Mahon & The Readymades: 10 question Interview

LOUD WOMEN’s next gig is 10 August at the Hope & Anchor, and we’ve very excited to have Sophie Mahon & the Readymades coming to play! We asked them 10 questions …

1. For people who’ve not heard you play live before, what can we expect from you at the LOUD WOMEN gig?
Fun, escapism and a very large dash of Eighties cool.

2. Which is your favourite song to play and why? Tell us about it …
It changes frequently. At the moment ‘Poster Boy Smile’ as it’s fast, fun and I feel like Debbie Harry when I sing it. It was inspired by Blondie’s Parallel Lines, David Hockney’s A Pool With Two Figures and Bryan Ferry’s Another Time Another Place album cover – real daydreamer stuff.

3. Do some super-lazy journalism on our behalf please, and fill in the blanks: “Our sound is like the lovechild of …
Bryan Ferry and The Eighties (I picture she looks like a cross between Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ and Kim Wilde) with a bit on the side from David Bowie and Duran Duran

4. What’s your proudest musical moment to date?
Getting to the final of BurySOUND, Bury St Edmunds band competition, and playing in the town’s main theatre The Apex. I have seen a few heroes there so it was weird standing where they had stood.

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of
Book-wise I would say Erin Morgenstern’s ‘Night Circus’ – the imagery is really beautiful; It’s so incredibly detailed it blows you away. I will say La Roux’s ‘Trouble In Paradise’ for the record because it is currently stuck in my head and she had gone under the radar lately.

6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Dawn uses a JJ Hucke Elenium Guitar, that looks like green fire! This has a bolt on maple neck and ebony fretboard, solid ash body, with a Dimarzio X2N humbucker pickup and a Schaller II trem. Her back up guitar is a gorgeous sapphire blue Ibanez S670QM. This has a Wizard 3 maple neck with bound Jatoba fretboard and the body is a quilted maple top on a maranti body. This has Dimarzio pickups; Tone Zone on the neck, Fred at the bridge and the middle pick-up is a True Velvet. Dawn uses a Headrush gig board, and Digitech Whammy DT and a Headrush FRFR 112 Speaker.

7. What are the best/worst things about being in your band?

Ha you would probably have to ask the rest of the band! From my point of view organising can be a bit like herding cats but the band works really well so it’s not so much of a problem. Maybe getting my ideas across when introducing a new song to the band can be a tad embarrassing – they have got pretty used to my abstract way of describing things, or very patient lets say.

8. What are your band goals?

Longevity and respect I think, to eventually get to the place my heroes are would be nice. Oh and to play on Later with Jools Holland. I would have said Top of the Pops but that is no more. Unless they decide to revive it then I’m up for that too.

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

I am about to release my second E.P ‘Xenon Nights – Dawn’ on 6th September and there should be a music video out just before that so keep a lookout.

10. Pass the mic – who are your top 5 contemporary bands.
Her’s – The late, great Her’s who unfortunately died while touring in America last year. I saw them by chance at a festival and they really impressed me, that doesn’t happen often. They were electronic, funny and really cool.
Christine and the Queens – I mean ‘Chris’, that whole album and look doesn’t need describing. Just incredible.
La Roux – The fashion, the quiff, the sound and the style of Elly is awesome. She has a hint of the 80s/70s and that always appeals to me.
Lucy Grubb – a wonderful country/americana artist who has a wonderful way with words and story telling. She’s a good friend of mine too!
The Interesting Times Gang – I played a gig with them and I have never laughed so hard. They are adventure pop with some otherworldly songs.

I just wanted to mention bands that started in the 80s/90s and are still creating great music so will just add: Simple Minds, Kim Wilde, Bryan Ferry, Divine Comedy, Duran Duran and Tears for Fears.

Catch Sophie Mahon & The Readymades live on 10 August at the Hope & Anchor



Interview and photos by Tony Rounce

Even though they have been around for a few years now, Nervous Twitch may well still be Yorkshire’s best-kept musical secret. Largely because of day-job commitments, the trio of Erin (lead vocals & bass), Jay (guitar) and Ashley (drums and occasional backing vocals) are rarely spotted south of the M6/M1 split, so any opportunity so see them should be grasped with both hands. Unless they add any more in the meantime their upcoming slot on the bill of Loud Women 4 will only be their second ‘Southern’ gig of 2019. You won’t want to miss them, I assure you.

Prior to the band’s recent support slot for the great Japanese trio Shonen Knife – at what was for them a hometown show at Leeds’ most excellent venue, the Brudenell Social Club – NT’s resident Loud Woman Erin Van Rumble kindly subjected herself to LW’s 10 Question Interview…

Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?

Oooh, I dunno…I always find these sort of questions really hard because there are so many (favourites) but, maybe Television Personalities? I’m a big fan and I’d like to see how they would produce our songs.

If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?

To be honest, I like how it works at the moment and I probably wouldn’t want us to add anyone – we used to have a fourth member at the start, but maybe someone from the B-52s on keys might be good.

What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out? 

That’s an easy one. As you know, we’re working towards (finishing) our fourth album and the last song I wrote, a couple of weeks ago, came after I sat in with the Wharf Street Galaxy Band. Their songs are more overtly political than ours and I thought I’d like to write something that was inspired by what I was doing with them. It’s about capitalism and how you’re always sold the dream… It’s not quite finished and I haven’t brought it to the table with the band yet but me and Jay have messed about with it a bit. ‘Selling The Dream’, that’s probably the working title really.

Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 

I’ve got loads of favourite gigs we’ve played, but I think the one that stands out as a turning point for me and the band was when we played Indietracks in 2016. It was the first time we’d done something like that, and it really sunk in for me that, y’know, I was doing this and this was really my life, people were coming to see us and I was part of it…favourite watch? I went to Spain a couple of years ago to see Southern Culture On The Skids, one of my favourite bands. I expected to come away pleased because I loved all their albums but they made me love them even more than I already did, that would have to be the one.

Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.

Anything by Helen Love. She’s amazing and her songs are so great.

What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 

Never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough. Oh, and always have fun – because if you’re not having fun, it’s not worth doing.

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

This is tough because I love such a lot of different music, but I’m going with.…

  1. Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
  2. The Vaselines – Dum Dum
  3. The Bobbyteens – Young And Dumb  

What are your musical goals? 

For the band to keep getting better at what it does and for me personally, to become more of an accomplished writer…

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

Well, we’re working on a fourth album and it’s really exciting! We’re not trying to do anything different to what we already do, just to improve on what we do all the time.

Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

Again, there’s a lot to choose from, but I particularly love Duck, the Wharf Street Galaxy Band, Enids, Das Clamps and Wolf Girl (R.I.P). I was a real shame when they split up, they had so much more to come. I’ll probably think of another ten when this is over…can I let you know if I change my mind (laughs)?

Born Again Virgin: 10 question interview

Born Again Virgin – aka Anna Roenigk from Austen, Texas – is a lo-fi grunge soloist, and she’s coming to play our LOUD WOMEN Unplugged showcase on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head! To get to know her a bit better, we asked her 10 questions …

What can we expect from you on 10 July? 

Some stripped down acoustic magic (hopefully)

If you could collaborate with someone – any musician/performer, living or dead – who would it be?

Rufus Wainwright – songwriter of my dreams, gay messiah

What are your favourite songs in your set to perform? 

Probably the 2 newest tunes I’ve written, which you can’t yet stream but you can see me play at the show!

Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 

One of my favorite gigs I’ve played that comes to mind was in Austin, Texas with my band at a venue called Cheer Up Charlies. We had one more tune left but I had broken a string at the end of the 2nd to last song, so my drummer and friend Greg Clifford played a monster 3 minute solo while I got my shit together and switched guitars . Also I was wearing a turtleneck and blazer that night and it made me feel powerful so there was that too.

One of my favorite shows I saw last year was Janelle Monae touring her album Dirty Computer. It was just an incredible show, her dancers were amazing, the outfits were amazing, she sang some of my favorite stuff from her older records… she is just a super powerful presence.

Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.

‘Balloons’ by Danny Malone. It has some incredible songs on it.. If you’re a fan of Elliott Smith or just simply great songwriting check it out.

What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 

I still feel like a young musician so I’m not sure what I can say that would be helpful. I suppose, and as cheesy as it sounds, to just try to be yourself. We don’t really need any more dudes trying to sound like John Mayer in a Guitar Center.

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 

I am not good at choosing albums, I’m better at choosing songs..but these 3 are all great and ~ special in their own way ~

Want One – Rufus Wainwright

Keep Your Eyes Ahead – The Helio Sequence

Rubberneck – The Toadies

What are your musical goals? 

To make a full album I am proud of, to tour more, and to support myself with my music.

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

That it is changing. To what, I’m not sure yet.

Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians

Besides the ones I have already mentioned… and as far as current working musicians:

Haley Bonar – She now goes by HALEY but her songwriting is amazing, her album Big Star and The Size of Planets are my favorite.

Anna Calvi – She’s just a total shredder babe and fucking goes all out when she plays. I haven’t seen her live but I’ve seen live videos and it looks like an amazing show. I feel like she’s one of a kind.

Mitski – I love the way that Mitski writes. She is intense and dramatic and it feels very authentic.  I also equally like the way she interacts with her fans. She seems like she would be a really chill person to talk about music with.

Sufjan Stevens – I thought of Sufjan because he makes whatever the fuck he wants these days. As for the past few years, Carrie and Lowell was this beautiful, incredibly emotionally complex album. Then he writes 2 different versions of one song about Tonya Harding. For pride month he put out some catchy pop tunes. He does what he wants.

Smash Mouth – um besides their prolific career, have you seen them going off on Twitter lately?

Helen McCookerybook: 10 question interview

Helen McCookerybook is hugely inspiring singer-songwriter – formerly of English psychedelia-punk band The Chefs, these days playing regularly across the land as a solo artist. She’s treating us to a performance at the first of our new LOUD WOMEN Unplugged gigs on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head (don’t miss!), so in the meantime we asked her 10 questions …

1. What can we expect from you on 10 July? 

I will be playing tracks from my new album ‘Green’ which I released last week. Some of the songs are politically focused: an anti-fake news song and a song about massively expensive rocket travel to Mars when we have so many humans on Earth in poverty. Some are more personal. I play an electric guitar ad I’m always striving to be a fleet guitarist: I;’m a finger picker and take my inspiration from the Blues, although that’s not the genre of music that I play.

2. If you could collaborate with someone – any musician/performer, living or dead – who would it be?

A disco singer from New York called Cristina. She was on Ze records in the 1980s and I think she’s absolutely brilliant. My ambition is to write a song so good that she HAS to sing on it!

3. What are your favourite songs in your set to perform? 

I have a song called Heaven Avenue which is about the one and only acid trip I ever did. I have never managed to do a perfect performance of that one but I do love playing it. I also have a song called A Good Life With A Bad Apple which is based on a relationship I had with a coercive controller. It was so difficult to get out of but I used songwriting to make me feel stronger. Many years afterwards, this song sums up just one facet of what wa as going on (these relationships are complex). It’s a non-gendered song; a friend of mine described the same situation with her girlfriend. I also have a song called These Streets which makes me calm  when I sing it, for some reason.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  

Last weeks’ gig with Pauline Murray from Penetration playing solo [our review here!] was pretty fantastic. I also particularly loved one in Ullapool where Sot Otter, who put on the gig, had taught her choir Three Sheets to the Wind the backing vocals to a song I wrote called Women of the World. When I sang it the whole choir joined in from their various seats in the pub. There was a gig last year in a cafe in Augsburg… it’s actually impossible to choose. I like all of them!

Best one I’ve watched? A tiebreaker between The Raincoats in Porto, Peggy Seeger at the Stables in Milton Keyes, and Black Sabbath at the O2!

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of

Old Smokey by Linda Lewis. She is an excellent song writer who had hits in the 1970s and 1980s with pop songs, but she actually wrote beautiful songs as a singer song writer too. This particular song is about being a second generation Caribbean woman in London, and her voice is gorgeous in it. I love the lyrics, the honesty, the poetry of the song. Somehow it really connected with me. I have Jamaican foster cousins who lived in London; the song makes me think of them, and how different and exciting London seemed from the small village in the north east of England where I was brought up.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 

Don’t let ambition destroy your imagination.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 

Carmel, the Drum is Everything; The Bird and the Bee, by The Bird and the Bee; the film soundtrack to Un Homme et une Femme

8. What are your musical goals? 

To write songs for other female artists and produce them in the studio. Last year I worked with a woman called Shola Adewusi on her songs; she was in the film Paddington 2 and she’s a very busy extras actor but we work together when we can. She has such a different voice to mine, which is great to work with. I also want to do more collaborations with musicians that I’ve worked with- I hope to do some music with Robert Rotifer, who is a politicially-inspired guitarist and singer, later this summer.

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

That it’s a mirror to life, society and politics

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians   

Big Joanie: just completely inspiring

The Band of Holy Joy: I’ve just done part of a tour with them and Johny Brown’s stage performances are incredible

Friedrich Sunlight: this is a german band with a Japanese American singer, Kenji, who has a completely divine voice

Kath Tait: a New Zealander whose quiet witty songs lacerate smug people and their habits, but she is able to make you cry with the tenderness of her lyrics too.

Fifth: everyone that I gig with! This is such a fantastic time for live music; my head is buzzing with the amount of bands and artists that I’ve seen this year. Playing live is the best adventure you can have!

Catch Helen McCookerybook live at LOUD WOMEN Unplugged on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head, Essex Road, N1

Calva Louise: 10 question interview

Interview and photos by Keira Anee

Calva Louise are a multicultural three-piece force of Jess (vocals, songwriting, guitar – and answering these questions!), Alizon (bass, vocals, a lot of driving) and Ben (drums, vocals). 

Jess was born in Venezuela, spent teenage years in France where she and Alizon met, then moved to London where they met Ben (who, actually, is from New Zealand). They released their debut album Rhinoseros in February and are set to play Siren Calling Festival in London on August 17th.

Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 

It would be an honour if anybody took the time to cover one of our songs, but I think we’d love to see any of our friends do a cover.

If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?

Henry our cat, playing keys!

What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out? 

Last song was ‘Sleeper’. The idea came from a book I’ve read called ‘The Art of dreaming’. Think the song is pretty cool!

Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  

Our favourite so far, to play and watch was our last show of the tour with Strange Bones in Leeds!

Also, supporting Albert Hammond Jr, and seeing him live, was absolutely immense.

Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.

‘Vida’ by Venezuelan rapper Canserbero. His lyrics have the power to relate to every aspect of life and also to give a strong insight to what it is to grow up in Venezuela.

There’s also Nellie Mckay’s album. She’s an awesome rapper and pianist from the US, the record is packed with amazingly catchy tunes, super talented, she’s worth checking out for sure.

What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 

There’s no formula, everyone takes a different path and sometimes it’s difficult but necessary to not let yourself be controlled by your emotions, whether your feel bad or good about yourself. 

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 

Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf, The Strokes – Is This It, Calle 13 – Multiviral

What are your musical goals? 

Keep doing what we love – making music and touring whenever and wherever we can! 

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

Expect new things soon..

Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians

Queens of the Stone Age – Homme’s unique composition and guitar playing

Pixies – Originality and innovation 

Strange Bones – Mind blowing energy, amazing powerful tracks

Nova Twins – Super hot tunes, kickass live act as well

Tyler the Creator – he’s an artistic mastermind when it comes to production and his records are super odd but cool

Noise Noir: 10 question interview

Interview by Keira Cullinane

This band shouldn’t need an introduction, but it just wouldn’t feel right me not chatting to you about them regardless. Noise Noir are formed of singer, Kelly, bassist Elis, drummer Luis and Guitarist Anthony, and are ruthlessly dark, uncompromising and… great fun!

Kelly is also head of We Can Do It Records (check out new signings Something Leather) and one of my favourite promoters, too. This Tuesday We Can Do It announced Siren Calling Festival, to be held on August 17th. With announced bands such as two of my favourites, Junodef and Valeras, Siren Festival is committed to holding an equal line up in a safe environment. Plus, being a month before the LOUD WOMEN FEST, is also a great warm up for those who are DIY and eager!

Check out Noise Noir’s double A side ‘I don’t need you’ and ‘Creeping’ on Spotify and go see them live this Saturday 22 June at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?

I’d love FKA Twigs to do a super intense, delicate version of one of the tracks. She’s incredible and I’d love to hear them in that way. I always sing about subjects that have emoted me but it mostly comes out in anger or frustration.

2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?

I’d get Billie Holiday in on keys and do a really moody number and get her to do dual vocals.

3. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?

The last song I wrote isn’t finished yet but I started it after seeing Clt Drp live. I felt so empowered and inspired by them. I thought it’d be cool to be angrier on a song than I usually am as it’d feel really releasing on stage and thought other women might get something from it. I’ve only written a verse so far but I’m looking forward to finishing it.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  

My favourite gig was probably our single launch last year. It was nice having some female friends around and knowing that they felt empowered watching me. Especially as they were actually at the front so I could feel their warmth and energy.

I think my favourite will always be seeing Prince live because he was such a legend. Or just any Dream Wife gig to be honest. They always make me feel super free because you’re surrounded by so many women and Rakel is an absolute force. She makes women feel like they can do anything in that moment.

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.

I’m not really sure if I can think of one that you wouldn’t have heard of. Maybe Banks? Just because she’s a less known electronic artist maybe? One of the things I love the most about her music is the honesty. She’s not scared to be vulnerable and she’s not scared to stand up and say that’s not right. The most important thing for women is to be able to be whatever and whoever they are without fitting into a box that society has made for us. Having emotions isn’t a weakness. It’s a strength.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?

I’d say don’t rush anything. Take the time that you need. I put a lot of pressure on myself and got frustrated that I couldn’t write for a long time. But you really do just have to practise in your own time, when you can and it’ll come. Ohh also if a promoter asks you to play for free or expects you to sell tickets for them…don’t.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

Top 3 is real mean. Can anyone actually do that? I’m passing on that.

8. What are your musical goals?

I’d just like to develop as a songwriter. It’d be cool to travel around occasionally as well to play different festivals and legendary venues.

9. The most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

That we’re there because we love music but we’re also there for all the people that feel like they’re not good enough, the women who get harassed daily, the people who constantly fight against mental health issues. We’re all really decent people and that’s not always easy to come across in the music industry.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

Dream Wife – absolutely crucial for some women to escape.

St Vincent – because women don’t need anyone to stand behind. They are the force.

Florence & The Machine – she’s probably my favourite contemporary songwriter. She manages to talk about such dark issues in such an uplifting way.

Wolf Alice because they were one of the first rock bands that contained a female musician to get their way onto big festivals and they’ve just nailed it.

Deap Vally are one of our biggest influences and they are just incredible. Full of so much fuzz and filthy guitar sounds. They were also one of the first to start a duo that held their own without needing more guitars to beef them up.

Could I also say I love PINS, Calva Louise, Madonnatron, Valeras, The Cosmics, Junodef, Nova Twins, The Pearl Harts, Clt Drp, Ghum, Sit Down, Something Leather, Two Tribes, Goat Girl, Courtney Barnett??

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Jelly Cleaver: 10 Question Interview

Jelly Cleaver has a truly awesome album just out, and excitingly she’s coming to play the launch of our new acoustic night on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head – so we asked her 10 questions in the run up!

1. What can we expect from you on 10 July?  

I might dig into my back catalogue and do one or two tunes from my album ‘Cure for an Existential Crisis’. I normally don’t plan my set though and leave it up to how the audience reacts, so it’s pretty much down to whoever comes to the gig! 

2. If you could collaborate with someone – any musician/performer, living or dead – who would it be?  

I always say I’d love to work with James Blake. I love his production and his voice, and I think together we could make the saddest song known to man.  

3. What are your favourite songs in your set to perform?  

I always like performing ‘Windrush’, a song I wrote in response to the Windrush protests. I produced the track and it has samples from some of the speeches outside Windrush square last year. The women doing the speech started singing ‘We Shall Overcome’, which was really touching for me because it was the song of the African-American civil rights movement in the 1960s. It’s sad that things haven’t progressed much and people of colour are still having to fight for their basic human rights, but hopefully our movement can learn a lot from the past. Plus in the song I have a long break to do a guitar solo which I always enjoy.  

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  

A) Definitely my album launch at Windmill Brixton a few weeks ago. Even though I had glandular fever, I had the best night. I got to perform with an extended band of a full horn section and backing singer which really brought my tunes to life, and all my mates were there. We did the whole gig exactly as it is on the album which was pretty great to pull off. And because it was a few days before my birthday we all went back to mine after the gig for chocolate cake.  

B) Oh, it’s definitely hard choosing that. I like to go to as many gigs as I can and I love it when I’m just able to loose myself in the moment and have a proper boogie. When it gets to that point they’re all my favourite gig!  

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.

Well, one of my all-time favourite albums is Jeff Buckley, Live at Sine. It’s an incredible live album of him at a tiny café in New York. It’s just voice and guitar. That album definitely had a massive effect on me growing up. I listened to it so much I can even recite the stage banter he does between songs. If you don’t know it do yourself a favour and put it on when you’re all alone.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?  

Oh lord, that’s a lot of pressure. I guess I’d just say try to enjoy the whole music making experience as much as possible, even the shit bits like admin. Try and keep some time for self-care. Try and really work on your craft so you’re confident on stage. Have faith in what you have to say with your music. It’s better to be authentic than to sound like everyone else. Trust your creative instincts. If you’re lucky enough to, find yourself a scene that acts like an extended family. Get together with your musical mates and help each other out. Music should be about community.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 

That’s so hard! I’d have to start with the great Joni Mitchell, ‘Court and Spark’. Then maybe I’d have to go with James Blake, ‘The Colour in Everything’. And maybe to finish off Hiatus Kaiyote, ‘Choose Your Weapon’. I’m sure I’m missing out someone but if I think about it any more I’ll come out with a short-list of about 30.

8. What are your musical goals?  

To inspire change. I guess my activist message is a big driving force behind my music. It often feels like we’re under an onslaught of shit, from climate change to Brexit, and that we might as well all give up, but I’ve seen enough small victories from people who fought for positive change and won. I want people to know they can change the world, they can change their communities, they can change their attitude, they can change things for the better. If my music convinces anyone of that then I’m very happy. Plus if I get to rock out and do a cool guitar solo even better. 

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

I think maybe that it would be not to expect a genre from me. My first album would probably be classed as folk, my latest album as jazz fusion. But I’ve recorded a whole unreleased EP of experimental electronic music. I’ve written a few songs that might be called ‘indie”, and I’m currently working on a beat tape which is coming out old-school hip-hop. I love listening to all different types of music and I think that’s reflected in what comes out of me. When I’m performing live I tend to just adapt my set for who’s in the room, what kind of vibe they’d like me to create, going off their energy or the setting. I guess I’d like people to keep an open mind when they’re listening to me, you might eventually get something you like! 

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

I’ve got to give some shout outs to my mates. Check out Mermaid Chunky, two mad gals making incredible art tunes using plastic toys and saxophones. They’re shows are a complete spectacle, I’ve put them on a few times at nights I organise.

Also check out Stanlaey, they’re my mate Bethany Stenning’s band based out in Bristol but she’s such a creative force of nature, and if she’s playing a London show you should catch it. Her most recent album is a total audio-visual masterpiece, have a look at her videos on youtube.

And another Bristol-based band who gig in London quite a bit are Waldo’s Gift, the only way I can describe their music is face-melting. It’s all improvised and it’s such a journey watching them make music.

Another mate’s band is called Nihilism, they have such an energetic and immersive approach to jazz.

To top it off I might be cheeky and say my band [Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline], just because all the other girls in my band are incredible creative energies and lead their own bands too – Roella Oloro, Katie Moberly, Loucin Moskofian, Beth Hopkins who leads Queen Colobus and Tash Keary who also plays with Shunaji and a few other very cool people. And all these bands are incredible people as well as being incredible musicians so please go and support them! 

Catch Jelly Cleaver live at LOUD WOMEN Unplugged on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head, Essex Road, N1