INTERVIEW: Louise Golbey

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‘’Louise is an established artist on the live music scene of London and beyond. She has played at Glastonbury (BBC Introducing), Isle of Wight Festival, The Big Feastival, Cornbury and CarFest, recorded at Maida Vale for the BBC and supported and shared the stage with many established artists including Ed Sheeran (who is also in one of her music videos), Katy B, Paloma Faith, George Benson (Kenwood House), Roberta Flack, En Vogue (The Indigo2) and most recently both Roy Ayers and Omar at The Jazz Cafe. She has worked on tracks with Example and Newham Generals (signed to Dizzie Rascal’s Dirtee Stank label)

She has just released a brand new EP called Love It or Leave It and has been getting a lot of support from DJs on BBC 1 Xtra, 6 Music, Jazz FM, Mi Soul, Radio 2 and radio stations across Europe.  Louise was November’s Caffe Nero Artist of The Month.’’

Hi Louise, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Not bad thanks!!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Still”?

It’s a Soulful Pop ballad about unrequited love but with a hopeful message!

I’m very pleased with how the song came out – and people seem to be enjoying it so far!  

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The lyrics were written a long time ago when I liked someone and the feeling wasn’t mutual but there was a slight glimpse of hope! When Ross and I started writing the music and melody I went back over old lyrics and these particular lyrics fitted the song perfectly.  

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I have already released a video. It’s on my YouTube channel –

How was the recording and writing process?

It was great – Ross was very easy to work with and has a great studio with an amazing mic and instruments. We developed the song quite quickly and really enjoyed tweaking the ideas and producing it.

What was it like to work with Ross O’Reilly and what did he bring to the table?

It was great – we are good friends so it was really nice to finally work with him.

He is a very talented songwriter / producer. Very honoured to have worked with him and once we had an initial idea for the song.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

My song writing method varies every time I write a song. sometimes I write from scratch at the piano starting with chords. Sometimes I start with a melody then I work out the chords. When I co-write – sometimes it is with a producer who has given me an instrumental to write a melody and lyrics on top of – or myself and the co-writer / producer start from scratch together in the studio – but I find it is always best to come to the studio with a bit of an idea or even a lyric to start the ball rolling…

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I am already working on my next release. It will be an EP with producer Eames who I worked with on my last EP on one of the tracks. We have a single ready to go for late July! It’s a bit of a summer jam so I’m looking forward to releasing it.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

The next single ‘A Good Life’ will be out July 20th.

Any plans to hit the road?

I have a few London gigs coming up – and going to Hamburg again soon.

What else is happening next in Louise Golbey’s world?

I am re-releasing a Soulful House track I did a few years back – which also may have a music video coming too. Watch this space.

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