Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Louise Aubrie to find out more about her…
Where are you from?
I’m from London, where I have lived most of my life, but have also spent many years living in New York City, and now I split my time between those two amazing places.
How did you first get into music?
I took the first step to recording professionally at the Mill Hill Music Complex in North London, and then I upped sticks and moved to New York City. I remember coming through Kennedy airport with a bunch of guitars and not much else! I made two albums with some fantastic musicians I met gigging around in the Lower East Side. Then for my latest album, Late 44, I came back home to London and recorded with some amazing British musicians – on guitars Tom Edwards (Adam Ant), on bass Joe Holweger (Adam Ant), on drums David Ruffy (The Ruts/Ruts DC, The Waterboys, Dexy’s), and also Boz Boorer (The Polecats, Morrissey) put down some brilliant guitar tracks on top of Tom’s groundwork. Boz has been instrumental in my whole career … he produced my first two albums and has always been so encouraging and gave me the confidence to break out on my own.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Well it starts with Elvis and Sinatra. I am not sure how obvious that is from listening to my records(!), but no one comes close (or will ever) to Frank’s style and phrasing in a song. He never once sounded unsure in his attack. And Elvis is, of course, the King. After that foundation, I was I was drawn to the 70s – Blondie, Bowie, T-Rex, The Ramones, The New York Dolls, and then coming up to The Smiths and The Cure in the 80s, and Garbage and Suede in the 90s and then onto bands like Arcade Fire and The Killers.
How would you describe your sound?
With difficulty! Its been labelled as indie-post-punk-new-wave and that’s fine, whatever it actually means! “A girl playing rock and roll” would suit me.
What’s your local music scene like?
The scene in NYC is just so creative, buoyant, exciting and inspiring. It’s a pretty small community where everyone knows everyone and you can see hundreds of bands playing all around the clubs in the city every day and night of the week. There is a real sense of camaraderie and so many opportunities for collaborations.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Well I’m still promoting my new record, Late 44, and working on releasing singles and videos from that. In parallel, I have also started writing my next album which is very exciting. I’ll be playing London and NYC too.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I’ve been very lucky to have already worked with so many people I admire! I am open to any collaboration if there is a shared vision and focus – its wonderful feeling to be in the same creative place as fellow musicians.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
The mic coming out of the lead then (mini)-exploding, playing with a bloodied knee because it was snowing and I inevitably slipped over, having a set cut to 20 minutes because the sound engineer had “an appointment with his dog therapist”, and more recently asking for some water on stage and then immediately spilling it over all the monitors …. but playing live is just the best thing ever!
What is the one thing that you want our readers to know about you?
That, to paraphrase Mark Twain, my music is better than it sounds.