Clara Mann stops by and tells us about her journey into music & favourite artists!
What age did you start writing music and with what instrument?
I started writing songs when I was 17, on guitar. I remember occasionally trying to write little bits of songs on the piano when I was younger, but nothing came of it- it was just playing around really.
Where is your hometown, and give us a reason/fact why we should visit it?
My family always moved around quite a lot, so I’m not sure what my hometown really is, but I’m currently based in Bristol, which feels like home as much as anywhere else! You should visit it for the independent cinemas, and to see the harbor lit up at night- it’s beautiful.
What encouraged you to want to get into music?
I was going to a lot of small gigs and had a lot of friends getting into different kinds of music. I’d always wanted to write, but hadn’t thought I could, I was so tied to classical music/playing- going to live music in Bristol, where the DIY scene is so exciting, just made me realise how much freedom there was in that kind of music, and it made me want to give it a shot.
Best venue you’ve ever played and why?
Mmm, my favourite place I’ve played was actually a tiny gallery in Derbyshire called The Old Lock Up, (it was an old prison) just before lockdown. It just felt very magical and intimate and unlike any other venue. There was a log fire and I sat on a chair that was 200 years old- beat that, Wembley.
One band/artist you’d love to support?
Probably, Gia Margaret- her music makes me want to cry and dissolve into a puddle but… in a good way. Her lyrics are so understated and they’re still completely heartbreaking.
What’s the greatest love song ever written?
A Case Of You, by Joni Mitchell- it’s a perfect and timeless song.
The best album that you heard in 2020?
It’s neck and neck between Fetch The Boltcutters, the Fiona Apple album, and Adrienne Lenker’s “songs”. Both of them offered exactly what I needed at the times when they came out- Fiona Apple for the anger and frustration of the spring/ early summer of last year, and Adrienne Lenker for the sadness that came with autumn.
Most underrated band/artist of all time?
I’m not sure how underrated an artist has to be to actually be considered “underrated”, but one lesser-known artist I’ve been playing on repeat recently is Lady Jane- her song “The Car” from her first EP is one of my favourite songs in the whole wide world. I’ve never heard anything quite like it.
Which three artists/bands should we be looking out for? (Musically, not for Criminal Offences)
Megatrain, from Nottingham- they put out an incredible single in the spring called Car Crashes and I can’t wait to hear what they put out next.
Lizzie Reid’s single Tribute has been one of my most played tracks of the last few months it’s so lovely, I was completely overwhelmed by it the first time I heard it and it’s constantly in my head.
I’m also really really enjoying Blood Wizard’s releases, his song “Breaking Even” is so genuinely original and clever- can’t wait for more.
What do you want to accomplish next as a band/artist?
Honestly, anything I “accomplish” from now is a bonus- I’m so happy that people are hearing my songs, I love writing, and I can’t wait to play live again. I’d quite like to tour one day, but that’s just a dream for now.
Bonus Question – Favourite vegetable and why!?
The humble red cabbage, just because I got one from the shop the other day that said “white cabbage” on the label, and it made me laugh, which is rare in these strange times, so it gets a special mention here.
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