Trance Fixxed Meets Kirsty Hawkshaw
TranceFixxed: Hi Kirsty. What are your plans for the summer? Will you be producing music, on tour or just taking it easy with friends and family?
Kirsty: Hi there. A bit of both, I’m finishing off an album with Ulrich Schnauss and bonding with a new amazing group of people including a guy called Bassflo. I love his spirit he is so nice and his production is beautiful. I met this lot while on holiday in Torquay last year and we had an amazing time.
TranceFixxed: Do you have a release date for the album yet? Will there be any other artists / vocalists appearing on the album?
Kirsty: The album is almost complete. Both Ulrich and I are just so busy at the moment with so many projects, we only work on this album when the timing is right. There are no other vocalists on the album
TranceFixxed: Some producers have detailed artwork with lots of information and images with their albums, but others seem to view artwork as an afterthought and are very basic. How important is album artwork to you?
Kirsty: Album artwork is extremely important. If you are selling a product you want to give your customers the maximum amount of satisfaction. The image tells a story whether it be a photograph or a painting. Also giving as much detail is important too. This is one of the reasons I am switching more to bandcamp because I can add so much more information there unlike iTunes which doesn’t give much detail at all. If you go to www.barefootaudio.bandcamp.com you can see what I mean (that’s my running music).
TranceFixxed: Do you still buy CDS (or LPs) or only Mp3s now?
Kirsty: Most of the time I either buy vinyl or Mp3. I get the vinyl from charity shops. My husband loves vinyl and we sit and listen to records together on Friday nights on his Linn Axis deck. Recently we have been digging out my old CDs from a big box in storage and John Coltrane’s ‘Love Supreme’ has been the most listened to album of the month. My husband was quite impressed with my CD collection actually!
TranceFixxed: What was the last album you bought and what is your favourite track on it?
Kirsty: Qtier is my favourite band at the moment and it’s a song called ‘Kind’. I first heard it as a Jody Wisternoff mix.
TranceFixxed: Do you listen to the Radio (Waves) much? What radio stations do you like?
Kirsty: I listen to wfmu.org occasionally and talk radio stations. I don’t listen to much music all the time because I’m listening to my head and writing melodies while I’m doing day to day activities and don’t like being distracted
TranceFixxed: What artists / bands did you use to listen to when you were a teenager? Do you think your music has been influenced in some way by them?
Kirsty: I most definitely have had a lot of influences. My favourite label was 4AD, and I was a huge Cocteau Twins Fan. The album ‘Treasure’ was the soundtrack to my teens, along with ‘Victoria Lands’. When I went out at the weekends I’d go to the Klub Foot in Hammersmith and listen to Psychobilly music, I used to date one of the Meteors. I also liked Pink Floyd’s album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. Sinead O’Connor’s song ‘Troy’ blew me away when I first heard that, I used to try and copy her voice when she sang ‘When did the light die’, and I’d also listen to Barbara Streisand a lot but that was more when I was a kid. When I was 16 I spent 3 months in California and got into punk music. My favourite bands on that trip were the Circle Jerks, Jello Biafra, and the Dead Kennedys. I admit to also listening to ‘Never Mind the Bollox’ by the Sex Pistols but it was probably more to impress the kids in my class at Steiner school, I actually was more interested in the American Punk. The video below was my favourite track:
TranceFixxed: Have you ever worked with Nick Bracegirdle (Chicane) on anything in the past. Is he an artist that you’d like to work with in the future?
Kirsty: No I haven’t. I met him recently in Taiwan though he was knackered poor thing after a long tour. I didn’t want to hassle a tired man!
TranceFixxed: You’ve worked with a lot of famous producers over the years. Do you have a favourite collaboration or favourite memorable experience?
Kirsty: Back in the day I loved working with Mark Pritchard who has gone on to be one of the most prolific producers of his time. I dated him for a few years and we are still close friends.
I made a video to one of his songs when I was having a rough time falling a bit off the rails. I used to spend a lot of time building sets in Second Life (virtual world) and filming videos. It was therapy for me at the time but I don’t go in there anymore because I sorted my life out and prefer being back in the real world now. Mark Pritchard produced my first solo album ‘On Ultimate Things‘. That was the best album I’ve made in my opinion x
Interview was conducted via Fanbridge and all videos were included in Kirsty’s responses. You can ask Kirsty a question yourself at: http://kirstyhawkshaw.fanbridge.com/fan_questions/