"At festivals I try to always deliver the most fun set possible, quite upbeat and pacey" Introducing Stevie Parker
Appearing on the Rising Stage at Green Man this weekend, we chat with Stevie Parker about her debut album, The Cure, what to expect from her festival set, and Gabrielle Aplin.
Hey Stevie, how the devil are you?
Feeling good thank you!
What have you been up to today?
Sorting out some logistics for Green Man, enjoying the sun - nice mix of business and pleasure really!
For anyone that doesn’t know you, can you introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Stevie Parker - I'm a singer, I have a band, I generally bang on about my exes and there are a lot of high notes...(but hopefully it all sounds nice).
How would you describe your debut, The Cure, in two sentences?
Maybe a musical, dynamic and explorative narrative of the ins and outs of relationships.
What was your process for writing and selecting tunes for the record?
I just wrote a lot of songs between the ages of 15-24 and the ones on the album are the ones that stayed with me the most I think, for whatever reasons.
How did you come to work with Jimmy Hogarth?
It was a suggestion made by my manager. I met with him and we clicked immediately and ended up collaborating a lot over the subsequent four years, which has been wonderful and incredibly formative.
Did you find writing with him easy, or was it a little weird to be sharing things?
Yeah completely. I was nervous to share that process at first but our ease together as personalities helped hugely. I do keep the lyric writing separate and do that on my own though. I don't think I'd ever want to do that with somebody else.
Which is your favourite song on the record? Mine’s probably the title track.
I think I agree with you actually - I'm most proud of 'The Cure', although it's pretty hard to do live.
So 2017 for you so far, tell us about it?
It's been chugging along! Played a good few festivals, have been doing some writing, a handful of tours - an album release. Yeah, it's been good fun and it's nice to have the record out in the world.
What’s coming up for the rest of your 2017?
I have a headline UK tour starting late September, will be releasing my next single at some point, and soon I'm releasing a cover which I'm excited about, the rest is all in the lap of the gods as ever!
You’re playing Green Man Festival next week, what can audiences expect from your set?
At festivals I try to always deliver the most fun set possible, so I guess they can expect something that's actually quite upbeat and pacey
How have you enjoyed the festival season?
A lot. It's always a lot of fun getting to go to so many every year, let alone getting to play them as well. I'm a lucky girl really.
What advice do you have for people trying to get into the music industry?
I always say the same thing to people who ask me that and it's to mainly concentrate on getting really good. Put the hours in and practice. If you start pushing yourself out there and you're in a position where you're honed and you're ready, if the stars align the rest may follow.
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
I'm actually a big fan of Gabrielle Aplin's new stuff, her new single is really catchy, and it's summer - so I'd pick Waking Up Slow
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
I can't think - I reckon you've done well!
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
I don't really drink coffee so I would say give me alcohol but sparingly because I'm a lightweight.
You can catch Stevie on Friday on the Rising Stage at Green Man this weekend. If you want to catch Stevie on tour this autumn check out the dates on her website. You can also keep up to date with her on Twitter and Facebook. And stream her album from all streaming services.