1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? I have always had a general appreciation for music as far back as I can remember, and I knew from a young age that I was ‘musical’ and had a good ear, but never progressed much with playing in an academic sense, as I much preferred to play by ear as it was the easier route for me.
I can say there was one single person or thing that inspired me, like most people I just love a great song, but on top of that I have a massive pull and desire to write and sing them too!
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
From about 8 years of age I loved singing musical theatre, was always in the school choir and really enjoyed vocal harmonies. I think that has clearly influenced my songwriting, as there is sometimes a theatrical element and drama in my songs.
From about 13 I obsessed over The Cranberries, Sinead O’Connor, Alanis Morissette, Skunk Anansie and later No Doubt…often powerful female vocalists, with just great songs I could relate to at the time, which is what I think hooks most people in to their favourite Artists / Bands.
I guess in some way those initial musical loves do influence me, just as any external influence does (either musically or otherwise) but I’m not consciously aware of it, or think about it at all when I write.
Being from an Irish family, there was always Folk music (on tape!) playing in the car, which I think has also influenced me without realising. My music is miles away from the Folk of today, but like Folk music it is often upbeat sounding, but actually addresses quite sad / tragic matters of the heart!
3 – How long have you been playing/writing? Seriously from 2010, so 4 years – not long at all, but have already produced 2 EPs and an Album so it’s not bad going!
I spent a while knowing that I was a Creative person, but figuring out what exactly I wanted to do with that. I didn’t know anyone in bands or doing Popular Music, which is weird I know, but I just didn’t move in those circles….so things happened later for me than most, but I can bring my experiences into my writing and I’m so happy to have found my passion.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? I was playing very regularly on the London circuit for the first 2 years and I had a pretty permanent (every changing!) band, which was a good and head-wrecking experience, but took me away from songwriting and trying to write better material.
Now that the Album release is coming I am sure I will do some live performances, more than likely solo. So please watch this space!
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music? Every time I finish a song I’m proud of, and getting the freshly produced physical CDs of the new album through the post!
6 – Where is the best place to find you online? The Cheek of Her website: www.thecheekofher.com all Social media links are on there, so please do drop by! 🙂 Thank you x