by / February 19th, 2013 /

Interview: Incoming: Rae Morris

Who are you and where are you from?

Hello, I am Rae Morris and I’m from Blackpool.

Who are your favorite artists from home?

Karima Francis is a fellow singer-songwriter who I admire very much. She is a huge inspiration. Robert Smith is also from Blackpool too which I find very cool.

What’s it really like touring?

Touring is emotional, I would say. My experiences of it so far have been really very positive. I think it’s so important to have the right people around you and along for the ride with you. There are so many pressures and feelings, but it’s all part of the thrill for me.

What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?

Blackpool, always. When I supported Bombay Bicycle Club last year, they played a Blackpool date at the incredible Empress Ballroom. It was a huge dream of mine to play there, and I still dream of one day playing my own show there. It really is a beautiful venue. As a kid, I would stare up at the ceiling and feel so small.

What’s your ideal festival line-up?

Kate Bush would play a whole day of the festival to make up for her years of not touring. I would be right on the barrier.

Tell us a tour story…

I did a tour of the south of England in the summer of last year. It was June and the weather was quite nice, so my parents followed us round in their little Mazda Bongo camper-van. My label had a quiet word with me following that tour and gently suggested that my street cred would probably benefit from not having mum and dad on tour with me.

What has been your biggest achievement of the year?

Playing at the Royal Albert Hall with Noah and the Whale. They gave me such a big gift asking me to open for them there. I still haven’t quite digested the whole thing.

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve been given?

On tour in Europe last year, a man after the show in Zurich told me I should write some more up tempo songs and be a bit more like Katy Perry. I told him I wasn’t sure how to go about doing that.

What do you do to relax?

I think I pace up and down quite a lot. And drink tea. I like to have a nice brew if something needs to be thought about for a while.

What are you reading?

I’ve been reading a really amazing book called Shantaram for a long time now; it takes me a while to conquer a big novel like that. It’s really inspiring, and is making me desperate to go to India.

How about TV, anything good on the box?

I watched a lot of Downton Abbey over Christmas and have recently got into Breaking Bad. I couldn’t resist to jump on that band wagon! It’s brilliant.

Do you have a favourite YouTube video?

Kate Bush’s ‘Cloudbusting’ video is my favourite music video ever. Donald Sutherland is in it. I think it was the first music video that i really took note of. My Dad sat me down to watch it and it changed everything.

What website do you visit most?

I guess it would have to be Facebook. I’m quite into my social media. I think it’s insane how much it stands for at this moment in time, but I find the whole thing pretty fascinating.

What is your favourite..

Record?

The Reminder – Feist

Song?
‘Son of a Preacher Man’ – Dusty Springfield

Lost classic song?

Ruth Brown – ‘I’ll Get Along Somehow’

Record label?

Atlantic Records, of course.

Who is your favourite current artist?

I’d have to say Feist.

A new artist that you are most excited about?

I’m incredibly excited about the new record from Fryars that is coming this year. He’s not necessarily new, but what I’ve heard so far of his new stuff is genius.

What was the last great gig you went to?

I went to see my friend JP Cooper at Gorilla in Manchester last weekend. It was a sold out show and the atmosphere reminded my why I love music.

Worst show?

I haven’t seen enough shows recently for there to be a bad one amongst them. Nothing bad is springing to mind, which must be good.

What should we expect from your Irish shows?

A very simple set-up i guess; it’ll be just me and my keyboard! I’ll be playing a couple of brand new songs from my third EP that comes out on the 25th March. I can’t wait to come back to Ireland. You can probably expect for me to be very excitable.

Rae Morris plays the Unitarian Church in Dublin on Saturday 23rd.