Singer Thea Gilmore performing in Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 14:31 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:31 03 July 2013
SINGER songwriter Thea Gilmore will be performing live at The Forum Hertfordshire, in Hatfield tomorrow (Thursday) night. The Welwyn Hatfield Times caught up with the star ahead of the gig. Here is what she had to say.
What should people expect from the gig?
Well we are a four piece and we’ll be with strings. It’s going to be intimate and acoustic and there will be a big mix of songs from the old to the new.
Hopefully something for everybody.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Wow probably the shorter question is what doesn’t inspire me. I guess the relationships of people.
I don’t just mean romantic, just watching the way a mother deals with her kids, the way lovers interact, the way a businessman or woman talks on the phone.
That endless dance of people interacting with each other is limitless song fodder. Reading newspapers, politics, social and cultural exchange. It’s all in there.
How do you feel your music has developed over the years?
Well I always think of it as a bit like looking at old photo albums. You can see how you grow through the songs you were writing at any given time. My early work was earnest, wordy and trying to prove a point. My work now is much more self assured.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still trying to prove a point, it’s just less crucial that people agree with it these days. Provoke discussion and prompt a response, they’re my aims.
How do you juggle a balance between your career as an artist and being a mother?
I guess the same way as any working parent.
Although I’m probably luckier than most because I can take my kids to work with me. Juggling school and work dates can be a hassle, but we pull the usual shapes and bring both boys when we can.
My eldest has been backstage at Glastonbury three times in his six years, not bad going! It will be so passé to him by the time he’s a teenager, he’ll have to find another way to rebel!
What is your most memorable gig to date? And why
Calgary Folk Festival, playing on the MainStage to 10,000 while Steve Earle stood on the sidelines watching. That was pretty special.
But playing live is awesome and an honour, whether to 10,000 or 10!
What can we expect next in your career?
That’s any ones guess! Always more albums, always. I write all the time.
Plus I may be working on some film projects in the near future. Watch this space.
Do you feel your fans have helped you get to where you are today?
You know I hate the word ‘Fans’.
Never quite figured out why, but I think its something to do with thinking it makes people who go out and spend their hard earned cash on buying records and going to gigs sound frivolous.
I owe those people my career, I would be nothing without them. I have more respect for those people than almost any artist or industry mogul. They ARE the music industry and they should be proud. So thanks guys.