// Susy Blue
Susy Blue’s signature mercurial sounds tinkle and smash melodic expectations and turn the idea of genre from a staid plaid into a tartan cape worn over the shoulder and pinned with a sparkly brooch your Grandma’s ex lover gave you one night. Jean Paul Gaultier meets Doris Day at a Portishead gig.
Q&A, with Singer, songwriter, keyboardistDefine your genre in five words or less:
Vintage folk and quirky popHow long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
Since I was about 7 starting with piano lessons. It wasn't until I started saxophone though I few years later that I really fell in love, I knew I'd found my thing.If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
I'd like to show my song Messy'n to the composer Oliver Messian who inspired it. I'm not sure how he'd feel about it though - putting his French contemporary classical theme with trip hop...What are your favourite venues?
Woodford Folk Festival as a very giant venue is pretty special and holds a place from teenage heart.What are your top 5 favourite albums?
Actor - St Vincent, Break it to Yourself - Andrew Bird, Ys - Joanna Newsom, all of Radiohead's, Under the Pink - Tori AmosWhat is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
The first time I saw Tori Amos (probably nearly 10 years ago now!) I had loved her since I was a kid but she hadn't been to Australia in a long time. It was pretty special, I knew every song and cried when it was over.Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
I do usually start with music, particularly a melody or chord progression, but usually has some kind of lyrical theme or at least one line of lyrics. Then I have to figure out what the song's actually gonna be about. I spend a lot of time researching for lyrics as I find it hard. I love writing about philosophical concepts, but it varies. I'm a songwriters anomaly in the sense that I don't usually write songs that are sad or about love!