RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BATH ARTIST JANE ALLISON
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I’m Jane Allison. I write songs and then make them into records with Alonza Bevan ( Kula Shaker) . We’ve made three so far. I’d say my music is a little bit folky, a little bit country, and a little bit rock n roll. Before that, I was the founder and lead singer of a little-known gothic, post-punk outfit called KarmaDeva.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
You’re never too old and it’s never too late.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I’ve had tea with the King’s gardener, I got mauled by a monster, and I have a license to fly Huey Helicopters.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
Right now I’m in between bookers, so, a booker for the UK and one for Europe, please. Thanks.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
You can’t really spend your days worrying about stuff that you can’t control, life’s way too short and way too precious. You have no control over how others may hear or perceive,or relate to your songs.
Maybe one day we’ll all just cancel each other out.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories? If not why not?
Life is one big conspiracy don’t you know? It’s all an illusion and it doesn’t end well for any of us.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I’m a modern-day Dr Doolittle.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
I’ve just released a new single called Frayed. It’s the second single off the album “Like Magdalene.”
It’s a song dealing with the quiet rebellion against the vampires and villains who come in the guise of leaders, lovers, or friends. A tale of triumph over duplicity and deception, betrayal and treason – whether of the heart, on the battlefield – or everyday life behind closed doors.”
What was the recording process like?
We record in the middle of the Ardennes next to the river and surrounded by forests. It’s remote and cozy and the perfect setting for getting lost in the music and fully immersed in the process. There’s wood-burning stoves, lots of tea, a lot of laughter and a warm family atmosphere.
First we lay a guide track down with just me on acoustic guitar and vocals, then build in everything around that, with Alonza playing pretty much all the other instruments,of which there are a lot.
We have the vibe already in our minds and then it kind of just comes to life as we truck along.
Last thing down is the vocals, and Alonza cracks the whip until I get the harmonies right on the backing vocals. It usually takes about four weeks from start to finish.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
The video for the single is out on August 4th. It’s another collaboration with Foxy Motion Films and the star is a Huey Bell UH-1.