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 Amandah from Bossy Love find out more about them…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the duo name?
Bossy Love is Amandah Wilkinson + John Baillie Jnr joined live by Oliver Cox. So we're kinda a duo/trio!
John and I met 10 years ago when I was on tour with my previous band (Operator Please) and John was on tour with his (Dananananaykroyd) we just so happened to play a show together at Fat Sam’s in Dundee supporting The Futureheads. And Ollie and John have been friends since university and I also lived with Ollie when I first moved to Glasgow.
I came up with name because I wanted something a bit sweet but not too sweet, kind of showing the balance between the light and dark that we all experience - without being too serious about it all!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I think we all have a range of different musical influences but share a lot of the same.
I grew up with a lot of surf punk and 2000’s RnB haha, I still love the same bands so it ranges for me from The Cramps, Missy Elliot, Prince, Janet, The Dream, Lauryn Hill and The Fugees, The Blood Brothers and The Mars Volta.
How would you describe your sound?
A little bit left field pop!
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our latest single is called “Talk to Me” - John and I had been listening to a lot of 80s Janet Jackson and we had made a “power Janet” playlist. I remember saying off the cuff that I wanted to do a “power Janet something” - that night John sent me a complete track and I wrote the top line straight away, we’d just finished building our studio and so recorded it the next day. So it all fell together pretty quickly in that respect.
The song is about not settling for something that isn’t right for you, being able to trust your instincts and push through.
What’s your local music scene like?
Glasgow has one of the most diverse and tight knit music scenes I’ve ever had the pleasure of being welcomed into.
Everyone is very different and doing their own thing, there isn’t really a sense of “dog eat dog” competition and most of our friends are from other bands and we go to each other’s shows. The support you experience here as a musician is so unique, from the Grass roots shows, secret raves and tiny venues right up to the bigger venues, there is a level of co-operation that I really haven’t experienced before and I am immensely proud to be a part of.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have a show each day at The Great Escape festival in Brighton
17/05/18 - 11:15PM TBC @Komedia Studio Bar, Brighton
18/05/18 - 3PM Creative Scotland Stage @One Church, Brighton
19/05/18 - Alternative Escape 3PM @The Mucky Duck, Brighton
We will be playing Solas Festival in Perth, Scotland
22/06/18 - Solas Festival, Perth - Scotland
We’ll be playing Since Yesterday: The Unsung Women Pioneers of Scottish Pop as a part of Edinburgh Festival
We’ve some more singles coming out and then an EP and are currently finishing up a full length, with some more unannounced shows and festivals coming up as well!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are so many people I’d love to collaborate with!
I think we’d both love to collaborate with The Dream (Terius Nash) prolific songwriter and producer.
Big Boi is a major dream collaboration too as well as my Swedish heroes Robyn, Lykke Li, Little Dragon.
I once wrote and pitched a song to Little Mix but they didn’t use it - so I wanna write a song for Little Mix or Sugababes (OG line up).
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I think all of our live shows between us 3 on stage are fun/funny.
Nothing in particular sticks out, there was the time we literally broke the stage and blew up the PA at a festival.
I had to the play the set from the crowd cause I couldn’t hear anything on stage. At the time it was very unfunny but afterwards we had a laugh about it.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Haiiiiiii ! (Waving emoji).