Introducing: Margaret Glaspy

Hey Margaret, I know you have a broad musical background, can you tell us a bit about that? And how you first got into music?
I'm a product of a great elementary school music program and a family with really great musical taste. I played the fiddle at a young age in school in Northern California and my family is all super musical. Guitars were all over the house growing up.

And you played the fiddle competitvely? Tell me more.
I played Texas style fiddle til I was about 16 or so.

What can you tell us about Emotions and Math?
It's got 12 songs on it :) The rest is up to you!

I understand the recording process was quite free and loose, did that affect the sound of the album?
The way the album sounds now is a product of it being made three times over and the production process was pretty labored over in order for it to have a sense of feeling loose.

And was that process enjoyable?
Recording the record lasted 3 days and it was incredibly fun and intense all at the same time.

What was your approach to songwriting for the album?
Try not to write songs that are bad.

What’s your favourite song on the album? For the record, mine’s ‘Pins and Needles’.
Thanks! I like that one too! My favorite is 'Love Like This'. That one was mysterious and wonderful to make.

Can you tell me about that song, ‘Pins and Needles’? It reminds me of Alanis Morrissette’s ‘You Outta Know’ (a much underrated song) in it’s rawness.
It was one of the newer songs on the record and I was listening to a lot of Elliott Smith at the time.

And what’s the story behind ‘Memory Street’?
That song is exactly what you think it's about.

You’ve lived on the East and West coasts, how have those different psyche influenced your music?
The East coast is wonderful and challenging and distilled. The West coast is beautiful and open and comforting. I'm from the west but my creative self feels more at home in the East. It's taught me to say more in less words.

What’s been your best experience so far this year?
Being able to play music for a living.

You’re at Green Man festival this weekend, what’s the best thing about playing festivals?
You're able to meet the other artists and you're not in doors all day.

And the worst?
You're talking to people all day and you've got no escape from the stage.

Is there anything specific you’re looking forward to at Green Man?
This is my first festival in the UK under my own name so I couldn't be more thrilled! Just playing the festival alone is a total treat.

What can people expect from your live show?
They can expect a trio! Excited to be playing the festival with the band that I made the record with. I won't tell you what we'll play yet because that would ruin the surprise.

If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
'Angeles' - Elliott Smith

What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
You've covered all of them!

Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
I don't drink alcohol but I'm an occasional espresso drinker! Espresso over ice with a little cinnamon for me.

Thanks so much for your time Margaret. Have a great time at Green Man! I’m really looking forward to your set.

Margaret plays the Mountain Stage at Green Man on Sunday 21st August, her record is available now on streaming services and to buy from places. For all the details on her upcoming plans - including UK tour in Autumn - visit her website.

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