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RGM Introducing – Lissy Taylor

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to become an artist?

I’ve always been creative and loved music. It was a natural progression, I was playing guitar and going to open mic nights in stoke when I was 14. When I moved to America I began songwriting and performing more of my own songs in venues. Then I moved back to the UK, I started BIMM Manchester when I was 17 and that soon turned into finding my band and performing gigs and festivals with them. It just feels that this is what I’m meant to do. 

So tell me a little bit about you and what you like doing for fun?

This summer I went to the beach with some friends and started to learn to surf, which I was pretty proud of because before I was shit scared of the sea.  So I’d say I like a challenge, that’s also what got me into performing because I was really shy as a teenager but I love the buzz of overcoming something and facing a challenge.

How do you think the government have looked after the night time economy / live gig circuit?

It’s hard because it’s important to protect the NHS and keep people safe but at the same time people are losing their jobs and businesses so they need more support. I wasn’t happy about the initiative for people in the arts to retrain, for many people it’s not just a job its their passion and dream.

Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

What do you do for fun because music is basically what I spend most of my time doing. 

What is the unsigned scene in Stoke like at the minute?

There is a lot of bands and new bands that are on the scene, people need to come and see for themselves.  You should check out The Underground and The Sugarmill.

What good bands are coming out of Stoke at the minute? 

Average Joe, Bad Love, Camens, Darla Jade, Nixon Tate and Shader are all doing really well.

What support is out there for new artists in Stoke?

There were loads of open mics and some have started up again. More established Bands play at the music venues.  There are a couple of Music festivals, Your City takes place over a weekend in May and will  be back in 2021.   

Who is inspiring you at the minute?

Laurel- such energy in her writing, ‘scream drive faster’ is my favourite at the moment.

What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 

I’m pretty good at impressions!

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Definitely performing at festivals last summer, we did Y Not, Neverworld, 110 Above and Your City.

What was the worst experience on stage?

I did a gig in Manchester and only had 5 mins to sound check the band, so when we started the sound levels weren’t great and that felt pretty uncomfortable but the sound engineer fixed it as we went along so overall it was ok and I got a few good reviews.

Who would you like to duet with?

I’d love to write or duet with Lorde, that’d be class. 

Whats your favourite song to play live and why?

I really excited about some of the songs I haven’t released yet, there is a lot of drama to them and I love it. 

We recently reviewed your last single. How did you feel the review went?

Yes, the Wildflowers single review was great! Really feel it captured the feeling of the track. I’d recommend any band submitting!

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

Yeah its empowering, driven and fun. It’s about being your own person and not letting things or people knock you.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Everybody be kind to each other and yourself because the world is tough.

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch