"We’re both in a bit of an Adele craze at the moment" In conversation with Ward Thomas
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Hey Catherine, Lizzie, how the devil are you?
We’re great thank you! :)
You’re just back from Latitude, how has the festival season been for you?
It’s been great. It’s all going so fast! Every festival is different with a different audience everywhere we go, which makes it more exciting each time.
Your recent video for ‘Material’ was interactive. It was such a cool idea to be able to control the vocals. How did that come about?
Well that was actually the guy who directed the music video's idea. He had done interactive music videos before and thought it would be interesting to do it concentrating on our voices. It was a very different music video experience as it involved a lot of technical tricks. So it was interesting for us to learn how these things are done.
Your Spotify playlist has a real mix of artists on it. If you had to choose would you rather listen to Adele or Carrie Underwood?
Honestly, we love them both, but probably Adele right now, as we saw her live recently and were completely blown away. So we’re both in a bit of an Adele craze at the moment.
Justin Timberlake or Thomas Rhett?
OK I’ll give you a break now. You guys seem to be constantly touring, how much fun is it to see the UK?
It's great fun! Especially with everyone we're touring with. It's also great to see and meet all sorts of different people around the UK and experience a different audience wherever we go. However, it is very tiring being on the road and the travelling part of tour.
And are there differences when you play in Europe or the US?
Yes. Both regions are mixed with all sorts of different cultures and people and languages. So it's very different everywhere we go, even in England.
I interviewed you both about three years ago when you were just starting out. What’s the biggest thing that’s changed for you since then?
I guess our lifestyles haven't really changed that much, but the biggest thing that’s happened is our number one album, which we still find hard to grasp and really believe! Still pinching ourselves. And we’ve had two great years with this second album, Cartwheels. Always learning, growing and developing. We hope to be doing that for a long time.
Your first album was full of songs that were quite personal to you, and about your experiences. How has becoming famous and living quite different lives changed what you can write about?
It hasn't changed anything. When it comes to the music creative process nothing changes with Catherine and I. All the music we release is always completely genuine and honest to us, and we hope that resonates with our listeners.
How come you put out an EP of covers, what prompted that?
We did a lot of cover sessions we liked to call “Snug Sessions”. We loved doing this so we thought while we had some time in between tours and during the writing period, we’d record and release some covers.
What’s coming up for the rest of your 2017?
Well we’re enjoying all the summer festivals at the moment and in between we are writing with all sorts of people around town. We’re also really excited to be touring with Miranda Lambert in August. She’s one of our favourite country artists so that’s going to be a tick on the bucket list for sure. And then we’re focusing on writing new material for a possible third album in the near future.
You’re women in a predominantly male industry, has that had any impact on your careers so far?
Not really for us. But being in the music industry as women has been a challenge for sure, but we see it as a good one.
Are there any instances when you’ve thought, “A bloke wouldn’t get treated like that!”?
Yes, we’ve noticed that more in the production world. There aren't that many female producers out there and we do know female producers who have struggled to be taken seriously.
What advice do you have for people trying to get into the music industry?
We always say to try and be open minded and take advice from people who have been in this world for a long time. But choose what to listen to and what not to. Also creatively for us it's been a huge help co-writing with as many people as possible as that has helped us learn how to be confident to write songs on our own and bring out the honesty in our music.
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
'Landslide' by Stevie Nicks
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
Ha ha, we don’t know! Maybe…. what are your two dogs names? We love talking about our two dogs… which are Pocket and Twiggy by the way.
What are you doing next today?
We have a day off today. So we’re going to the cinema to see Dunkirk with some friends on this grey rainy day.
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
Well we drink tea mostly just with milk, no sugar. But we also both like a nice latte. Oh and alcohol… either a gin and tonic or a nice glass of red wine….
Catherine and Lizzie have a bunch of dates around the UK including the arena dates with Miranda Lambert. You can find details of them on the Ward Thomas website and stream both their albums on all good streaming services. You can also follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.