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INTERVIEW: Megan Airlie

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

Not bad at all thank you. Taking time to write and plan ahead!

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

Mother Whale was recorded at Venice of the North Studios here in Glasgow by Jamie Martin and Andrew Shephard. I brought in my friends to play on the track because I had a big sound in mind and wanted a contrast to the two previous singles, After River and Honey. Something more upbeat and that makes your head bob. I came up with the song really quickly (it’s a loop all the way through) and knew that I wanted to have more harmonies and a drum beat to liven the track up and give it a fuller sound.

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

Mother Whale is actually a song for my Mother. She was not too pleased with the title before she heard the song. I’ve have wanted to write a song that is in admiration of her for a long time. I came up with the parts on ukulele firstly and wrote the lyrics as I went on. When first coming up with the instrumentation, I did not know the song would end up being about my mum. But that was what came out of me at the time.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans to release a video for this song. But in future there will definitely be more visual work.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the song during the snow storm we experienced in Glasgow in March this year. I was huddled next to my portable heater as my heating was out and I couldn’t afford to top up the heating that day. I remember the cold driving me a bit crazy so I sat in the corner of my living room with my jacket and hat on and messed around the my ukulele. I suppose I started playing something fast due to how cold I was. The song is only the same 4 chords all the way through and I knew I wanted the lyrics to be rhythmic themselves l

How has the likes of Billy Holiday and Fiona Apple influenced your music?

I listened to them a lot when I was just starting to get into singing at around 17. They are just two woman who use their voice as an instrument and that always pulls me in. They’re passionate and very emotive. Fiona Apple especially had a huge effect on me when I was really young and really inspired me to start caring about the words I was writing down furiously all the time.

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

I have a lot of songs that I wish to unleash unto the world. I’m trying to take the time to ensure I’m happy with what I’m doing and hopefully progress in terms of sound and production.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing set in stone as yet I’m afraid but I’m working a lot behind the scenes.

Any plans to hit the road?

That is something I’ve been dying to do for a long time. However, I’m going to wait until I have a few more things under my belt until I hit the road!

What else is happening next in Megan Airlie’s world?

A lot of singing Aretha Franklin! Getting prepared to record soon and writing a ton.        

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