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Your reputation was rapidly growing back in The music industry is very electro heavy curIreland, what prompted your London reloca- rently, do you have any interest in experimenting in the field? tion? I came for a number of reasons; to finish my final year of my Media Degree, to pursue my music career in a bigger city and to save a failing relationship. We thought the move might save us - it didn’t! The Beach Boys, Damien Rice and James Brown are just a few of the acts you supported whilst in Ireland. How did you find them all? The Beach Boys were a pleasure to support - so many different harmonies that effortlessly fitted together and melodies to die for. As for Damien Rice, he came up to me after I played and complimented me on one of my songs. I was in awe, Damien Rice liking one of my songs?! He was a bit of an idol for me; they say ‘never meet your idols’ but I was lucky, he was very nice. Supporting and meeting James Brown was one of the most amazing things to happen in my life. It was lovely that he took the time after a long and energetic performance to chat to me. If I can perform like him when I’m 60 odd, then I’ll definitely be tearing up the dance floor in the old peoples home!

I mostly listen to electro music. I love The XX, I Blame Coco, Ellie Goulding, Amanda Blank, all great electro acts. I satisfy my electro craving through a side project with my very talented friend Sarah Nag. Currently we’re in the studio in the process of producing new electro delights. So watch this space. We’re called ‘Suppress Undress’! How would you define yourself as an artist? Energetic, Intense, Honest & Passionate. The music market is currently saturated with female soloists, what would you say makes you stand out? I have great hair. Oh no, La Roux’s has taken that coveted crown! Well, I guess I’m as honest as they come in my songwriting. I speak for a generation of mute romantics. Failing that, my mum says I’m great so I’ll take her word for it! Can you tell us a little bit more about your forthcoming EP...

The new E.P will be the first ‘proper’ release I’ve done. I’ve had some super people working on it, namely the mucho talented Julian Simmons, Because I was so stunned when I meet them, who has produced lots of cool bands, like SunI wasn’t in my most articulate state but I think ny Day Sets Fire, Mamas Gun (who just had watching them was lesson enough that if you are a number 1 in Japan) & The Guillemots (Who passionate and work hard you can achieve any- were nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.) thing. The artwork for the E.P will include a portrait of me, painted by the brilliant John Lee Bird (http:// As a guitarist you also toured with Michael www.johnleebird.com). Flatley’s “Feet Of Flames” - do you enjoy being part of an ensemble, or is the solo act Are you ever afraid of honesty in your lyrmore your thing? ics? Did any of them offer you any good advice?

I was a musician playing someone else’s music on that tour, the music was truly beautiful but I much prefer playing music that I have created and that speaks from my own heart. I would be willing to add more members (if I meet the right ones) to play with but I really enjoy the freedom that comes with being a solo artist. I guess it suits the independent streak in me, that I can go anywhere and play a gig at the drop of a hat.

I think one of the reasons people like my music is that they can tell that I’m being 100% honestIt’s probably easier for me to pour my heart out in a song than it is in real life, so if you want to know what’s going on in my head download a tune or come and see me play! www.myspace.com/kallavellemusic

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