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WecaughtupwithIdaMaeahea oftheirRedRoosterappearance, buttheyareclearlyindemand acrosstheUKand USA


IDA MAE


Howhasthelastyearbeen forbothofyou? Challenginginmanywaysbut luckytohavebeenableto recordandreleaseournew recordslowlythisyearandit’s givenus timetodevelop creatively,exploringnew productiontechniquesand genres. Whatwasitlikereturningto theUKfromNashville? Itwasdifficult!Webroughta lotofequipmentback, betweenBrexitandthe pandemiccrossingborders hadbecomeverychallenging. TheUSelectionhadreacheda feverpitchthepandemic progressing, therewasnoway wewantedtobesofar from familyandfriends.We’vehave arenewedappreciationfor theEnglishcountrysideand thequirksofourBritish-ness! Havingbeenbasedin Nashvilleforawhile,what aresomeofyourfavourite thingsaboutit?


Themusicalcommunityis everythinginNashville. Inspiringtobesurroundedby somanymusiciansand wheresongwritingand creativityis sorevered..The musicindustrycanbequite competitivebutNashvillehas acollaborativeattitudeto musicthat is really wonderful… Howdoesitfeelknowing youhavelocalsupportin Norfolkwhilstreaching newaudiencesinAmerica? Weareincrediblygrateful.We alwayswant tobeableto comehomeandplayshows in thetownswegrewupin. HavinglivedinNorwichI always felt incrediblyluckyto benurturedbyafantastically giſtedartscommunity..Alotof thesongswe’vetakenaround theworldwithuswerefirst performedinTheStanford Arms inLowestoſtandThe BirdcageinNorwichwiththe supportofBBCIntroducing.


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Whatisthemaindifference betweenaudiencesinthe UKandtheUSA? TheU.Kisalwaysamuch morereservedaudience. In theU.Stheyshoutandholler throughout theshow, standing ovationsandbanterwiththe performersaremuchmore common!Wedoenjoyboth typesof show. Howdoyoufeelabout playingliveshowsagain? Wereallycannotwait. Wheredoyougetyour musical inspirationfrom? Everywhere…its relatively endless. I lovephotography andstill images…Stephen Shore,WilliamEggleston, MartinParr…poetryandfilm. Somuchcomes fromthe placeswegotoandpeoplewe meet. Doesthehonestyand vulnerabilityinyoursongs comenaturallytoyou? Yes.We’vealwayswantedto capturewhatwedoinaraw state, -…There'salwaysalittle bitofyourself ineverysong but it’snotnecessarilythe wholetruth,musicand performanceallowsyouto becomeanactor. Howdoesthedynamicof yourpersonaland professionalrelationship addtoyourmusic? Wehavealwaysworkedand sungtogetherevenbeforewe weremarriedsoit isallwe haveeverknown. Whatwasitlikewriting musicduringthe pandemic? Thebulkof thenewrecord ‘ClickClickDomino’was writteninhotel roomsandin thebackofcarsontheroad justbeforethepandemictook hold.Wewent straight into trackinginNashvillewitha real focuswheneverything lockeddown. Whatareyoumostlooking forwardtoaboutthisnew album? Forpeopletohear it!Wehave


someexcitingcollaborations withMarcusKingandGreta VanFleet,wereallypushed ourselves intermsof production….we’relooking forwardtomakingthenext one! Isthevarietybetweenyour songs'RoadToAvalon'and 'ClickClickDomino'an indicationofwhatthenew albumwillbelike? Certainlyis.Webothgrewup onalotof recordswithalotof dynamicandvariety-John Marytn,LedZeppelin, FairportConvention,The WhiteStripes,EttaJames etc andAmericanaandAltFolk aresuchelasticgenreswelet thesongs leadhowthey’re developedandproduced. Whatisthemaindifference betweenthisalbumand yourpreviouswork? This isourfirstever self- producedrecord.Weworked withproducerEthanJohnson ourfirstalbumhavingplayed veryfewshowsas IdaMae andhehelpedusbeginto sculptwhowewereasartists anddistillour sound.This recordhas 100,000’sofmiles under thebeltandfeels likea truer representationofhow weperformnow. Whatareyourplansforthe future? Someveryexcitingshows backintheStates inincluding WillieNelson'sOutlawfestival andNewportFolkFestival.We alsohaveaLondonShowin August (19thatStMatthias Church)aswellasanexciting fullbandsetatRedRooster Festival (28thAug)whichwe cannotwait for. Itwillbethe first fullbandsetwehave playedas IdaMaewithEthan JohnsondrumsandNickPini onbas it'sgoingtobeareal party.


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