INTERVIEW: Sive

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

Thanks for inviting me to chat! I’ve been good thanks – busy with new music and gigs which is great.

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

‘Oh Mother’ is a song I wrote in response to what’s happening to the planet, and how helpless and guilty I often feel in the face of it. I wanted to give voice to those feelings because I think so many people are wrestling with them. Ordinary people seem to be the ones who are feeling this remorse, yet those who are profiting the most and who hold the most power give the impression that they are enjoying what they reap guilt-free, and I think that’s what spawned the anger that is palpable on this track. But I also get angry at myself for the ways in which I contribute to the problem, despite the fact that there may be some things I am powerless to change unless huge shifts happen from the top down. At the same time, I wanted the song to act as a sort of celebration of our beautiful world, which was why I chose to use lots of imagery that invokes some of the reasons why this home is worth protecting.

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

It wasn’t just one particular thing to be honest – it was really a build up of feelings that accumulated over time. I didn’t know what to do with them, so the song came pouring out eventually.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I  shot a live video for it recently which will be out soon. I’ve also donated it for use in an Extinction Rebellion video which is being put together at the moment, so keep an eye out for that!

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process was super fast, which is unusual for me. The main accompaniment is quite repetitive and I wanted to keep it that way to create a sort of hypnotic effect and draw attention to the lyrics, so it was all about experimenting with the different places I could take the melody using that guitar riff as a backdrop. I recorded it with Matt Harris (Veta Records), and it all came together very naturally once we got into the studio. I had a heap of backing vocal ideas which were quite atmospheric, and once those were down we began building the arrangement using layered guitars and drums. And of course Matt’s bassline which is one of my favourite things about it – I wish I came up with it!

How has Jesca Hoop and This Is The Kit influenced your writing?

I think they have both influenced me in very different ways, actually. I love the deceptive simplicity of This is The Kit’s music – there’s a real, raw intelligence to her writing. She has a very distinctive style of accompanying herself too, a very creative approach to the parts she plays on guitar and banjo. With Jesca Hoop, her songwriting and arrangements are incredibly detailed and never predictable. You get the impression that she really delves into every corner of possibility both musically and lyrically, and I find that level of craft really inspiring.

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

Yes, it does! I’ve just started working on my next album which I hope will be out in the second half of 2020. It’s early days in the recording process, but I plan to release some individual tracks from it throughout the year.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m looking at autumn for the full release, but I’m hoping to share the first single in the spring. No title in mind yet as I’m terrible at titles – even with songs I always spend ages settling on one!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, absolutely. Getting out and playing live is really important to me. I already have some Irish dates booked in the spring with more tbc, and I’ll be announcing those in January so if you follow me on social media you’ll be the first to know. There will be some dates outside of Ireland later in the year, too.

What else is happening next in Sive’s world?

I’ve just played my last gig of the year, so now it’s into the studio to get down to work on this album! As I mentioned, I’m hoping to have the first single ready for release in spring, so there’ll be plenty of preparation to do ahead of that. Aside from my own music I work as an Arts & Health practitioner, running music projects in community and healthcare settings.. It probably goes without saying that December is an exceptionally busy time for that kind of work! So that will keep my plate full until January when I’ll be gearing up for the tour and single release.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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