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Lockdown Diaries: Amy Lou



By

Alex Marten



Last year, we interviewed Amy Lou (then Amy Lou and the Monday Club) to talk about their music. We caught up with them to see how things were going in lockdown.

Have you been making more or less music since lockdown began?

So so so much! When I was a lot younger, I used to self produce all my songs and when I started playing a lot more I leaned towards recording in a studio as I felt I didn’t have the skills or time to self produce, but when lockdown was announced I was due to start recording demos for a new record in April. Obviously this was cancelled so I realised very quickly that I needed to demo it all from home - so with help from my bassist Scott I have been remote recording and have managed to demo the entirety of the record, so I’m itching to get back into a studio and get it sorted.

Have you managed to collaborate with each other / other musicians during this time?

Yeah , so my bassist and I have been battling with different DAWs to remote record. I’ve also had a lot more songwriting sessions than usual , I hosted a songwriting circle with a group of fans on zoom so it’s been good to still stay connected!

Are there any tools you’ve found useful for collaborating or broadcasting your music during this time?

Like I’ve said, we’ve battled with different DAWs to remote record. The old faithful GarageBand has pulled through. I think we’ve spent a crazy amount of time on Zoom, either listening back to takes together or the old pub quiz

Have you got any links to share of music you’ve made or performed during lockdown?

So I teamed up with Michael Brennan of Substation in Rosyth to reimagine one of my tracks Fiat Five Hunner as part of a compilation record for charity raising money for Frontline Fife and Fife Women’s Aid: https://substationrecords.bandcamp.com/album/house-music-volume-c-19

What’s the best online music event you’ve experienced during lockdown by other artists?

A band I love, Vistas, on the night of their debut album Everything Changes in the End held a launch and listening party over Zoom. This band and this album means so much to me and my friends, so getting to listen to it all together for the first time was amazingly bittersweet.

What are your thoughts on how the COVID crisis is going to affect music ongoing?

I hope we’re not a million miles away from live music. I suppose smaller venues will be those to open their doors to shows first, so hopefully this sees a resurgence of support for grass roots music and the “local bands” circuit!

Is there anything you think the government should be doing to help the music industry?

The government needs to recognise that opening venues without having shows on is literally cutting the life line for these places that are fundamental to the music industry - it’s not financially viable without financial support from them.

What are your plans now?

The record that’s been demoed is hopefully going to be recorded in a studio as soon as it’s safe to do so. The record is a really clear snapshot of the last few months and the struggles that have come with it, and I can’t wait to be able to create something out of this horrific time. 

For me right now I was meant to be doing a good few festivals. Obviously those aren’t happening, but a big part of my summer as well is playing Pride events across the country, something that means a lot to me and a lot of my audience - so I thought in its absence I’d put together an online pride event through my social media to highlight LGBTQ+ musicians and artists from across the UK, all the while raising money for LGBT Youth Scotland!

Keep up with Amy Lou on Twitter and Instagram.


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Alex Marten



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