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Amy Macdonald speaks to The Student Guide!

By Sophie
Amy Macdonald speaks to The Student Guide!

This week Emma Godden from The Student Guide caught up with Amy Macdonald, and talked life as a female artist of a different kind and her upcoming third album Life in a Beautiful Light.

Your third album is being released on June 11, are you looking forward to it?

Yes very much so, I am so happy with all the songs and so proud of them all and I hope that people love it as much as I do.

How is this album different to your previous album A Curious Thing?

It feels more natural. I wrote my second album when I was really busy and constantly touring whereas with this album I took a year out. I was really chilled so I think that the album is more positive, more laid back and more acoustic.

How has the process of song writing been for this album – what inspired you, what is the album about?

I get inspired by everything and anything really. The album isn’t about one particular thing and there’s actually a story behind every song. An example is the song Human Spirit that I wrote about the Chilean miners when they were trapped underground. The song 4th July is about my memories of New York City, and In the End which is about my feelings and how I feel about music so there is such a variety of songs.

Do you have a favourite song on the album or is it too difficult to pick?

It is difficult to pick. I write everything all on my own so I feel very precious about these songs and my favourite does chop and change, but I think right at this minute I really love the song 4th of July. it just feels really upbeat and a perfect album opener.

There has been a bit of a gap between the release of this album and A Curious Thing. Are you worried about your return to the spotlight?

No not at all because I think that it was important to take a break. I think sometimes people panic that they’ve always got to be in the spotlight whereas I see it totally differently. If you’re writing good music then it doesn’t matter when you come and when you go; if the music is good enough then that speaks for itself.

Now is a pretty big time for female singer song writers, with the likes of Adele topping the charts. Is this something that excites you and do you see yourself as being part of this group or would you consider yourself separate?

I consider myself separate because I write all of my songs on my own. I think I am the only person who still does that: I think other people have teams of co-writers so I see myself as being a bit different. When I released my first album it was the same; there were loads of females about like Kate Nash and Duffy so I think there’s been a lot of females about for quite a while.

Is there anything you know now about writing and recording an album that you wish you’d known in 2007 when recording This Is The Life?

No I think that I think it’s great to learn as you go along. I haven’t done anything differently with this album. The song writing process and recording process were the same as it was as on This is the Life so I don’t think that there’s anything I would change.

Festival Season is just around the corner, you’ve got a few dates lined up. Are there any festivals you’re most looking forward to?

The one I am really looking forward to is Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland; it’s one of the most famous festivals and really iconic. Anyone who is anyone has played there. It will be really special for me to go over there and perform.

Which songs do you most enjoy playing to large crowds at festivals?

It’s hard to answer cos I’ve not played any of the new songs yet so I don’t know how they will go down with audiences, but I’m very fortunate that a lot of my songs are quite upbeat and really lend themselves to big crowds. Songs like This is the Life and Let’s start a Band always get a really great response when I perform them live.

One of your dates this year is T in the Park – do you have any guilty musical pleasures you want to see there?

I’m don’t feel guilty about any music I like but obviously The Stone Roses are performing there and I’m really looking forward to that, they are an iconic band so I am looking forward to seeing them perform.

Do you have any favourite festival memories, either as a performer or as a punter?

As a performer I think the first time I did T in the Park because I had always been a punter at T in the Park. In 2007 I was able to perform there for the first time and it felt like a really special moment, like I had come full circle. It was really easy for me to appreciate it because I had been in the crowd to witness that side of it before I went on to perform there.

Were you nervous before that gig?

Not really I tend not to get too nervous when I am performing my own stuff, I just get really excited.

What is one thing you always take to a festival?

If I was staying at a festival I think the number one thing probably would be dry shampoo.

You’ve talked in interviews before about your love of cars and football. Have you got any other secret interests or hidden talents you can share with us?

I don’t think so. When I travel with my band I am always the really organised one. Everyone says I should be tour manager so maybe if everything went wrong with the music I would stay in it by being a tour manager for somebody else!


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