💖 How did you set up / Who the f*ck exactly is Amy Lou?
I would say glamorous indie rock fits me the best!
I’ve been writing loads & loads since I was wee between songs & poetry so it came quite natural. As I got older I’d go down the singer songwriter path.
As for who the fuck is Amy Lou? I see Amy Lou as an embodiment of empowerment – I like to think being an openly queer chunky person has moulded me into not really caring what folk think of me & I suppose I want people who listen to Amy Lou to feel that sense of empowerment!
💖 What inspires you to play music?
A lot of my songs come from quite angsty sources whether that be in relationships or the state of the world – Amy Lou is really a release!
💖 What’s your writing process?
I go between writing poetry, spoken word & songs – so if something doesn’t land in a poem, it will land in a song or vice versa.
💖 Who are your main influences in music/life?
From a personal point of view my wee gran is an absolute cracking riot of a woman, she’s beyond insane & artistic!
💖 Tell us about your aesthetic (including best form of Irn Bru)
Aesthetically usually I douse myself in glitter before a show & in all honesty afterwords I’m a wee sweaty glittery mess swigging back Irn Bru to level out my sugar levels!
I douse myself in glitter before a show & in all honesty afterwords I’m a wee sweaty glittery mess
When it comes to the best form of Irn Bru . . . has to be a wee glass bottle, a wee glass check, you absolutely cannot go wrong!
💖 When you’re not doing band stuff what do you get up to?
I’m actually quite a keen hand in the kitchen!
I can make tattie scones from scratch & due to this whole global pandemic I’ve been trying to teach myself other bits & bobs!
I make some cracking fajitas.
💖 What does feminism mean to you? / What 1 thing could everyone be doing to make the scene a better place?
To me it means inclusion.
From a music industry point of view there is so so so so much that could be being done that isn’t at the moment.
There’s a lot going on at grassroots levels that is starting change but for any big movements for the industry as a whole – those leading the industry need to take notice & change so we can have an inclusive & diverse community.
💖 Tell us about Tonic Wine, where did it come from? What is the main message from it you want to get across?
So Tonic Wine was a song I wrote in 2018 that I left for a bit, however in 2019 I had this weird review written about me that singled out the fact that I was a lesbian over anything to do with my music.
After this I wrote a strongly worded spoken word piece & I put the song & the spoken word piece together…so I got the song where it is today.
Tonic Wine for me is really about getting to a mental state of acceptance – of knowing you are the best you can be the way you are – it’s about the journey of getting there.
💖 Dunfermline has got a great musical history, do you draw any inspiration from Dunfy’s finest?
Absolutely! My guitar tones & sounds are taken straight off of a band called Big Country who are from the toon. I model my pedal board slightly around what they use – I understand my heritage well!
Me & my partner have made Facebook friends with the guitarists wife in the hope that I’ll get a closer look at his set up soon.
💖 How did the Brucaster come into being? Have you got any more custom models in the pipeline?
So I have 3 of them now!
The first one was initially purchased as a bit of a laugh in all honesty! It was only when I experienced the amazing quality of “Brucaster 1” that I needed one to my spec in my life!
Without going too nerdy into the spec – Brucaster 2 is a short scale (I am wee with wee hands) Stratocaster with 2 P90s & a single coil in the middle – it has a silly switch that switches the single coil on & off so it sounds more like a Jazzmaster than anything – but it sounds really really full, which to me is important – as when we play live it’s just me, a bassist & a drummer so it gives me a lot of room to play!
💖 Do you feel there’s been a shift in visibility in music in the last few years for more queer artists? What do you think still needs to change to allow for more space?
Absolutely! There’s a lot of amazing queer artists coming through Scotland alone right now which is great – I had a really class experience recently doing a live session for BBC Scotland & the care that was made to confirm my pronouns prior to the session was so lovely – it sounds so minute but it meant the world.
I think there’s still a lot of taboo & awkwardness around queer women & those in the trans community in some areas of the music industry, but things are starting to look so much better though.
💖 What’s next for Amy Lou?
So thanks to the global pandemic next for me on the cards is playing the Woodlands Stage at Kendal Calling festival in August which I’m crazy crazy crazy stoked for, I’ve been wanting to play this festival for years so I’m heavy excited!
Whilst we’re all staying indoors I’m working & writing a collection of songs that should hopefully be in the world soon.
💖 Links to any social media 🙂
You can find me here – I’m pretty hilarious on Twitter
💖 Finally, best/favourite Scottish word
I had to ask my team what word I could say that couldn’t cause too much offence or wasn’t too rude….so whittled it down to dafty. Ya absolute dafty.