How the devil are you Lindi Ortega?
Hey Lindi, how the devil are you?
I'm really well, thanks for asking!
So what have you been up to since Faded Gloryville?
Well, I've gone through a lot of changes in my life; I’ve moved back to Canada, got engaged, left my label, recorded a new EP and I’m on a big tour across Canada with Chris Stapleton.
The new EP sounds much more sparse than your previous record, was that a conscious choice?
Yes. It's exactly what I wanted it to sound like.
Is the less intense sound on Til The Goin’ Gets Gone a permanent thing, are you stripping back permanently?
I don't really consider anything permanent. I like bringing the sound back to basics and keeping it simple. Letting the songs speak for themselves. But that doesn't necessarily mean I will never do a fully produced record again.
What has been the driving force behind the EP?
The driving force was simply wanting to be resilient and continue to make music at a time when I wasn't sure I would be able to continue to do so.
How did you choose that Townes Van Zandt song in particular?
I chose that Van Zandt song because it was the first one of his I had heard and felt really connected to. It's what made me fall in love with his songwriting. I also felt this particular song fell in line with the rest of the tunes on the EP.
If you were going to do an EP of covers, what four songs would you choose?
I'd do an EP of Canadian Heros and cover all Canadian artists like, KD Lang - 'Western Stars', Ian Tyson - 'Someday Soon', Leonard Cohen - 'Famous Blue Raincoat', Neil Young - 'Needle and The Damage Done'.
There’s talk that ‘Final Bow’ was going to be your last song, did you really think about giving up music?
Yes, I really did. I've had that thought more than a few times. It's hard to make a living in this business.
You also wrote about the challenges of being a full time musician back on Tin Star, what’s changed since then?
Well, not much. It's still a challenging career in many ways.
What are the realities of being a musician without huge label backing?
The realities are that it ain't easy. You will be tested many times. There isn't much security in this career path. No retirement funds or severance packages when you get dropped from a label. No dental or insurance plans. You just gotta pray you can make the bills and learn how to manage your money well.
You’ve moved back to Canada from Nashville recently, what was the best thing about Music City?
Best thing about Music City was discovering amazing musicians in random little bars on a Monday night.
And the worst?
Worst was the constant construction of condos in my backyard.
Were you involved in the songwriting community, co-writing, and doing the rounds, anything like that?
I did a little bit of co-writing, I don't think I'm that good at it.
You’ve been releasing albums through a label since Little Red Boots, what advice would you give the version of Lindi Ortega that released that record?
I dunno honestly. Things happened for me the way they did and in some ways a label was really good for me. I'd just advise anyone to thoroughly understand the business side of music and make sure you're aware of how it all works behind the scenes.
Are we likely to see you in the UK anytime soon?
Likely next year, with the release of a full length.
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
Kansas 'Dust in the Wind'.
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Usually with cream and sugar.
Thanks Lindi, speak soon!
Lindi's EP is available now from the usual online outlets to buy, and also to stream from your favourites. Including Tidal.