JN: You’re tastes are well known to be eclectic. Is categorising your music difficult with the new band?
ß: Something I have always struggled with is how to define my music, feeling the pressure to put it in a box; namely just by citing singers who have influenced me and hoping for the best. With this new band I am endeavouring not to concern myself with such worries and let the music speak for itself. Its not wholly jazz but it is heavily influenced by that music. I also listen to a lot of singer-songwriters, as well as various world music.
JN: But your band is generally comprised of jazz musicians…?
ß: Collaborating with these wonderful musicians is enabling my music to organically develop without a strong genre/stylistic bias; having faith that there will be an inherent thread throughout the music, however eclectic it appears on paper. Sure, these guys are all accomplished jazz musicians but with this music I see that jazz is more in the process than the product. Whilst I could align myself with a handful of musicians who are creating music in a similar way, as aforementioned I am shunning pigeonholing and I would urge you to come to the gig at the Jazz Nursery and see/hear for yourself.
JN: What things inspire your songwriting?
ß: This project is immensely exciting for me and the guys are an absolute treat to create music with. I sing about a whole range of things from friendship, love and loss, dancing and sunrises, being a fool, and saving the planet, set to open, free evocations, grooves, some funny time signatures, and luscious, crunchy (at times) harmony.