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Alt-Folk artist Sive on the soundtrack to her life
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
The Spice Girls’ first album on tape!
What is your earliest musical memory?
I used to have family living on the Isle of Man and they were mad into classic rock. I remember spending summers over there as a child, driving around in their car with the windows wide open listening to Thin Lizzy, T Rex and Led Zeppelin.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
It’s hard to pinpoint one as there are so many. It was bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana that made me want to play the electric guitar, which was the first instrument that got me really serious about music. In terms of wanting to write songs, I’d say Simon and Garfunkel were one of my earliest influences – I vividly remember the feeling of hearing The Boxer on the radio and thinking ‘what the hell is this?!’
What song instantly reminds you of a particular person?
The song Daisy reminds me of my grandmother because it was her nickname. I use it a lot when I work as a musician in healthcare facilities and I think of her every time!
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
The first thing that springs to mind is Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell. I mean, it’s just perfect in every way. The idea that you can see clouds as ice cream castles and feather canyons in the sky, or as things that just block out the light, and how that applies to everything in life. Sometimes it can be hard to see the upside once you’ve seen the down, and sometimes it’s impossible to tell what it is you’re seeing at all. It’s just beautiful.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel. My dad was a huge fan!
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Here Comes the Sun. It strikes that balance between uplifting and melancholy, happy and sad, in the most delicate way. It’s so simple and gorgeous and gives me all the feels all at once.
What song transports you back in time and why?
Kiss From a Rose by Seal. It was probably the most beautifully crafted song I’d heard in the charts at that point in my life, and every time I hear it the nostalgia hits me! Those vocal harmonies and the chord progressions he uses were like nothing I’d ever heard before. Not that I knew the first thing about chord progressions at the time, but the atmosphere of the song definitely stuck with me.
Which song makes you happy when you hear it?
Lookin’ Out My Back Door by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan
What was the first gig you went to?
I’m gonna be really honest here. It was Boyzone in The Point.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
I sang a song in Irish called Teidí Beag Álainn (Lovely Little Teddy) in a talent show at a holiday camp in England when I was about 6. It was the last time I sang in public for years, I was too terrified after that!
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