#30. Ten Questions With… Rachael Dadd

Rachael is a talented singer whom I look forward to seeing live this February. Her music is wonderful and Rachael will also be embarking on a tour with Alessi’s Ark. The new album Moth In The Motor is out in February. It will be a mini album and is available as a limited hand painted 10″ vinyl.

Well Rachael was kind enough to find the time to answer the 10 questions:

Q 01. What was your first musical instrument and where did you get it?

Clarinet and I hired it from a shop in Aldershot

Q 02. What was your favourite gig you have headlined or supported at?

Ummmm difficult question. I really enjoyed playing with Whalebone Polly at the Folkhouse in 2004 when Kate was off to Paris so it was a goodbye gig to all our friends really…and all our friends played on the night too. And I just played at St Georges in Bristol on the huge grand piano which was very enjoyable. But I’ve played so many gigs in Japan now and I nearly always love the experience. That’s just a very tricky question!

Q 03. If you were to collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Noshinto New Wave Japanese band, because I love their abandon, their music is so totally different from mine, and I want to screech on my clarinet with them http://www.myspace.com/nohshintohQ 04. Favourite song to sing live and why?

‘A Hand’ by ‘The Hand’ (that’s me and Wig Smith) It’s quite new and we wrote it when we both had just found new loves, it’s full of emotion, but subtly, not in a cheesy way, I just love singing it everytime cause it gets that feelin back 

Q 05. Favourite music venue and why? 

A garden centre in Japan (I love the unexpected places, full of suprise and good atmosphere. Japan is brilliant for alternative venues) 

Q 06. Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?

Strong emotional or interesting memories, usually attached to a place, and that place becomes the focal point of the song in a way. Ummm, man made world versus natural world, real and surreal animals 

Q 07. Describe your music in 3 words?

evolving, honest, naturalistic 

Q 08. What tips do you offer to any one wanting to become a singer or start a band?

don’t worry about your image, and don’t try to emulate others, don’t waste time looking for a manager
but make friends with other nice musicians who care about the same stuff as you (at gigs/open mic. nights), support each other, club together to put on nights, make cdrs of your music to sell cheap (or just to give to lots of people), make your own posters, or get your friends to help, have fun and don’t worry if you get a bad review. It’s only worth doing it if it’s fun for you and the others around you.

Q 09. Who is your favourite singer or band at the moment? 


Q 10. Goals for the year?

write some new songs, make some new textiles (t-shirts I think – but starting out with 2nd hand t-shirts is important to me, who needs new t shirts when there are s many old ones!) Record something new by The Hand, sell lots of my new solo record released soon, ummmm, go to Climate Camp to learnFor more on Rachael go to: http://www.myspace.com/rachaeldadd

Moth In The Motor is out 15th February
To catch Rachael live you can see her at:
27 Jan 2010 20:00
Folktales @ The Scouthut Bristol
3 Feb 2010 20:00
The Wilmington Arms (Kick the Plug) London
6 Feb 2010 1:00
Union Chapel (Daylight Music) Midday gig London
10 Feb 2010 20:00
Moles with Alessi’s Ark Bath
12 Feb 2010 20:00
The Cube with Alessi’s Ark Bristol
14 Feb 2010 20:00
Portland Arms Cambridge
18 Feb 2010 20:00
The Birdcage with Alessi’s Ark Norwich
20 Feb 2010 20:00
The Hope with Alesi’s Ark Brghton
21 Feb 2010 20:00
Nation of Shopkeepers with Alessi’s Ark Leeds
22 Feb 2010 20:00
Bungalows and Bears ((Unquiet Desperation Presents…) with Alessi’s Ark Sheffield
24 Feb 2010 20:00
The Basement with Alessi’s Ark York
26 Feb 2010 20:00
Cafe Oto – London (incl Moth In The Motor exhibition) – with Alessi’s Ark and The Mariner’s Children London
28 Feb 2010 20:00
Hamptons Southampton

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