• Verity White

    Verity White

  • I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?

 

  • Hey there! I’m Verity White, a rock singer and songwriter from Cheltenham. I say rock but I draw influences from all over, bands from Nine Inch Nails to Fenech Soler and everything in between, even classic Soul in a way. I’ve been asking my fans to help me come up with an easy way of describing my ‘sound’ but I’ve not hit on anything that isn’t too convoluted yet… I guess female powerhouse meets dirty male rock? Or something like that?!

 

  • Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be?

 

  • I’ve just released my debut album Breaking Out, and have a tour to promote it in January as well. My personal favourite track on the album is Exhale – a song questioning self-belief and confidence – here’s a link to it on Bandcamp: https://veritywhite.bandcamp.com/album/breaking-out
  • When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.

 

  • I work with my husband, Alex, as he’s a much better instrumentalist than me. He builds a basic song structure on guitar/synth/bass/drums and then I get that to work into a song, drawing on various different experiences and the feeling of the music to work in melody lines, incidental parts and harmonies. We then put that together in the studio (I tend to write in a darkened room at home with lots of coffee) and add anything else thats needed once we’ve had a chance to digest what parts need more highlighting.
  • With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?

 

  • Great question! Love it or hate it, streaming is here to stay, and personally I see it as a great PR tool. You can get your music easily accessible by anyone anywhere in the world and thats kinda magical. I mean, yeah, you don’t make money from it, but it’s great marketing! Twitter is an amazing tool for connecting with fellow indie artists and fans alike, that instant access means you can really get to know the people that matter and build great relationships with them. As always, the music industry is built on relationships, and now more than ever you can connect with your fan base in a way you couldn’t before. Which is incredible. I think the one thing I would change about it is the elitism of the mainstream radio stations, only really accepting plays from signed artists with major labels backing. Its like a ‘old boys club’ and to get in the door is one long and terrible initiation ceremony…
  • Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
  • The ‘band’ is actually me and my hubby, as no-one else plays on the albums. We get in session musicians for gigging – but as things move forwards into the next year we may well look at more permanent arrangements. I also sing backing vocals in the prog-rock band Pendragon and Alex runs a composition and regrind studio.
  • When you’re preforming how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
  • Just go with it! If someone F**ks up there nothing you can do but continue so just get on with it. If its really obvious I tend to turn it into a joke too…we’re only human after all! I can’t remember anything that we’ve had to really recover from … so far, but I’m sure there will be soon enough!
  • How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?

 

  • I like to change it up, as I get bored doing the same thing over and over… though having said that, for the tour the set list will be static so I don’t confuse our musicians! I don’t have any covers that I do, at the moment, but that could change when rehearsals get in full swing for January!
  • Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?

 

  • Always be true to yourself, and remember you’re just a person – so don’t act like you’re better than anyone else. (I see that all too often in the music industry and it annoys the hell out of me!) When I decided to really pursue music, my Dad gave me a bangle with the famous Oscar Wilde quote ‘Be yourself, everybody else is already taken’ on it, and thats kinda what I’m getting at here.

 

  • Any last words?

 

  • If you want to check out the album or my tour dates please swing on by to my website www.veritywhite.com, or say hi on twitter – I’m @veebear 🙂

 

 

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