Q&A: Bo Bruce answers our questions…

By on Thursday, 10th December 2009 at 4:00 pm

Bo Bruce (side)We introduced the simply stunning Bo Bruce earlier in the week, and have just had her songs on repeat since first listen. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about her year, and what’s coming up in 2010.

Hello Bo. What are you up to at the moment?
Hello. Currently recording my debut EP with a producer called Tom Marsh down by the seaside in Hove.

You’ve had quite a 2009 – Orange UnsignedAct, massive exposure on youtube, myspace and the likes. What’s been your highlights and lowlight of the year?
I keep forgetting all that was this year – it has been the longest year of my life, like we should be in 2015 already… the highlights would have to involve the end performances of the show still as since then its been studio 24/7- I’ve worked with some big producers (sascha skarbek/youth) those moments were very exciting – but I haven’t topped singing live on Channel 4 yet.

Lowlight – had a weird moment onstage in september in the middle of a gig – it’s never good to have a weird moment with a room full of people watching – but maybe thats the fun of following an act you’re into, you get to fully understand what makes them laugh and cry.

What are you most excited about for 2010?
Launching the E.P and bagging a very cool tour support slot for later on in the year… unconfirmed but in the melting pot..

What music / artists are you really excited to be hearing more from in 2010? What sort of stuff are you enjoying listening to at the moment?
The xx are constantly on my laptop as are The Robot Heart, Beach House and The Temper Trap. I still listen to a lot of old trip hop – old Massive Attack albums and Portishead. I really like Saint Saviour‘s vocals who’s been singing with Groove Armada recently and I’m looking forward to seeing what she’s going to bring out.

Bo Bruce (side)Jo Whiley was a big champion for you in Orange UnsignedAct. Have you been in touch with her since the show ended?

Not yet – I feel incredibly lucky to have contacts like her and even Lauren Laverne, despite our clash i think we found a mutual respect for each other and i like to think we could have a pint together soon, I don’t feel either of us bare a grudge – she’s got bigger fish to fry. I’ve been holding my material back until I’m really ready to give it to anyone, I don’t want to drown anyone in unfinished demos – which believe me is soooo tempting!

When writing songs, how do you go about it? Is it the melody first or the lyrics? Or something altogether different?

The process is different every time. Sometimes I’ll have lyrics that are screaming out to be a song but often its the melody then the words.

Before you go on stage do you have any weird and wonderful rituals?

A camel light and a cold beer. I’m not very good at communicating in the minutes before I go on stage – in fact I go pretty silent.

What would be a cool location you’d like to do a gig at?

Headlining the Camden Roundhouse and the Royal Albert Hall. A gig in the natural history museum is up there too.

Finally, what TV, films and books are you really enjoying at the moment?

Just coming to the end of my book “The Little Stranger” I’ve got a pile to get through though – The Suspicions of Mr Whicher / We Need To Talk About Kevin / Black Dogs and someone gave me John Peel’s “Margrave of the Marshes” recently so I’m looking forward to downtime this xmas…

MP3: Bo Bruce – Brighter Moon

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