Amy Rayner is a singer-songwriter from St. Andrews and her band have just finished their first tour across Scotland, promoting her latest EP ”Two Years Long” (released in February 2016). The artist is now relaxing and beginning work on new melodies and ideas. Rayner has already recorded three EPs and GIGsoup spoke with her about her music, hidden stories and 2017
You’ve just finished your tour promoting your third EP ”Two years long”. Tell us about the experience
My tour that I did in September was actually my first tour that I’ve ever done and I had an amazing time travelling around Scotland and meeting lots of new folk. It was really interesting which gigs I thought would be good and which gigs turned out to be my favourite for example my gig at Penicuik Music Hub was fantastic with such a lovely, appreciative audience.
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You have already released three EPs, but the third one ”hides” a small story, right? Three tracks, three stages. Tell us about that.
Yes my third EP ‘Two Years Long’ centres around a two year relationship and each of the three songs represents the beginning, middle and end of that relationship. People always say write about what you know so I tried to base it off of my own life to make the record really honest and heartfelt.
Do you think that your daily life affects your music? Do you have any specific influences from your personal experiences?
I guess a musician’s daily life always affects them, for me I find it difficult making sure that I have time to write and perform my own music as I work as a self employed musician so I spend a lot of time teaching and playing covers gigs to pay the bills. Ideas tend to come to me while I’m driving, I’ll sing them into the voice recorder on my phone and save them for later. Like most singer songwriters I am influenced by my own relationships and stuff that’s going on around me as well as what music I’m listening to
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How difficult is for you to promote your music? Do you have any help from other musicians, friends or even your family?
When it comes to promoting I tend to do most of the work myself, posting on my social media pages, playing gigs and sending emails to various promoters and bloggers. My whole EP launch that I hosted at Perth Playhouse cinema back in February was all organised by myself but I was really lucky to have some friends there to help me set up and sell CDs along with my band who were playing alongside me at that gig. Being a solo artist is definitely more difficult than being part of a band as you don’t have anyone to share the workload with but it also has it’s positives too as I have creative control over everything I do.
Do you have any plans for collaborations with other musicians (singers, songwriters)?
I actually did a cover video with my friend Leanne Smith a few months ago, she’s also a singer songwriter, and that was really fun. We covered the Beyonce song ‘Sandcastles’ from her new album which is just such a beautiful song, you can find it on my YouTube channel. I have also been working with a different band on some new material which is sounding promising.
What else can we expect from you in 2017?
As I mentioned before I am working with a different band than I have previously played with and they are amazing! We’ve recorded one track already called ‘Shake’, it sounds like a mix between The 1975 and Paramore so it’s very different to what I have done before. I’ll be writing some more music with them, not sure when it will be released but definitely some point in 2017! I will keep everyone up to date on my Facebook page, you can already see a wee teaser of ‘Shake’ that I put up there a couple of months ago. It’s definitely going to be different!