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Interview: Rae Morris

The first time I ever heard Blackpool’s Rae Morris was when she featured on Bombay Bicycle Club’s excellent track “Luna” in January last year. Rae is a big part in making that track so memorable and I was very excited about hearing more music from her. Fast forward and the singer-songwriter is having a great 2015, releasing debut album Unguarded to rave reviews and a top ten placing on the official chart. We caught up with her to talk about her upcoming UK shows and life on the road.

Hi Rae, how are you today? 

I’m doing very good thank you!

It’s been a whirlwind 2015 for you with the release of your brilliant debut album Unguarded, followed by loads of touring. Have you had a chance to reflect on the year so far?  

I feel like I have yes. I find being on the road very thoughtful and reflective. There’s a lot of time to sit and think. I have found the whole year to be generally very surreal.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?   

I would say it’s very instinctive and emotional. I write from a place that you would usually keep within you. I want people to feel all those feelings with me I guess. The production is meant to be an extension of the thought, swirling and escalating until you can almost see it.

 

You had a very busy festival season. How different do you find playing festivals compared to your own headline shows? 

Festival season is serious mayhem! Timings and details are constantly changing so there is never any routine or comfort but this year I’ve found that to be so enjoyable. I’m not really one for comfort zone so it suits me well! You turn up to a new place and new festival you’ve never heard of before and just plug in, play and hope for the best! It could be the best gig you’ve ever played or the worst!

You tour a lot! What are your favourite and least favourite things about life on the road? 

Touring was my first love so I often forget that it’s even a thing; it’s just become such an ordinary way of life over the past 4 years. On headline tours, I feel such a responsibility to put on a good show for the ticket buying audience that I find it hard to relax and not get super paranoid about getting ill. Lack of sleep and general bugs in the van aren’t a great combination. Staying positive is the key I guess! And manuka honey!!!

What was the first gig you went to?  

The first ‘concert’ was S Club 7 at the then MEN. I soon after discussed the difference between a concert and a gig. Not long after that one, I became a Nerina Pallot fan and my family and I would go out to her academy sized gigs and really enjoy the feeling of being hot and sweaty and actually being stood in an appreciative crowd.

If you could play a show anywhere in the world, where would you like to play and who else would be on the bill? 

At the moment my biggest dream is to play a show in America. After making my first album there, I’ve felt a very strong connection since. In that case, I would say The Hollywood Bowl with Carole King and Kate Bush on the bill. Ahhhhh! How arrogant of me to even dream up such a situation! ha!


The new video for “Don’t Go” is very powerful and important. How did you get involved in working with CoppaFeel? 

I first met Kris and Maren Hallenga, the founders of CoppaFeel! A few years ago as I played their festival ‘Festifeel’. I didn’t know much about the charity then but stayed in contact over the last couple of years. I find their work to be so creative and clever. I can’t believe how something so simple as just checking your boobs regularly could make such a huge difference. I wanted to help them spread that message.

Thanks for your time!

Thank you also! Rxx

You can catch Rae live on tour this October. Tickets and dates can be found HERE

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