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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DIONNE STURDY-CLOW

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 a soloist?

I started in a teen band at school with three guys playing indie pop rock which was great fun, then we grew up a little and all wanted something else. I’d worked with the guitarist on songs but was already writing my own stuff and the time was right so here I am

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

I was doomed to music…. I blame my parents…, a baroque cellist mum and new wave dad was just a set up really. I’ve been writing since I was 13ish, acoustic guitar and inevitable teen ukulele were my teenage years, you can still peek some of the ukulele Tuesday’s vids if you hunt for peaches clow…

.What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed? 

I haven’t done enough to be sick of your attention! … I’m always nonplussed when people ask where I’m going with this, I don’t know where I’m going with anything…there’s no master plan….

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

hahahhahhahhhhahahahahaNo

What useless party trick do you have? 

Getting drunk and ruining my knees

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

I wrote a song called “Dream of You” about a guy I thought I was with, who was also with another girlfriend of mine….I didn’t know this…., whilst I was almost but not quite removed from my steady boyfriend…..it sounds tacky, it was….I was younger then….2 ex bfs and a friend in the middle….So they were all at my gig and I shared the story with the audience before the song and the other girl came on stage with me and we sang the song together to great joy from the audience….and the guys were good with it….both gentlemen.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Fighting in the audience over something other than me, glasses being thrown, police turning up and my mum being there…She was not impressed

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I was a scout for about 5 weeks…till the rabbit skinning session. Then I wasn’t a scout.

If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it? 

We use vibrations in the air to express meaning and make us happy. My vibrations rock and I can share them with you. 



What makes you stand out as a band/Artist? 

I’m a shiny tattooed hippy with a heart of gold and I craft songs that tell stories of literal dirt love sex and tenderness. 

Right now, what’s pissing you of the most? (Can’t say the virus )

Being 20 unemployed and living with my parents…..where’s all the rock and roll?….seriously, I missed the freshers year at university because ….well…it was the….er…everyone was….y’know…..Anyway, that was a big downer 

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

I wrote a song for my sister who recently came through a fight with colon cancer…..I did a fair bit of nursing and looking after her through chemo, The song is cathartic and a really positive story. I find there’s an audience connection to the humanity of her experience and my small part in holding her up, and I tend to get a lot of people talking to me after the gig about the subject. 

I hear you have a new single/album/ep, what can you tell us about it?

“I Could Be Somebody” releases on the 10th January and I’m excited to share it. It’s a very “up” song loaded with positive vibes.

Talk me through the thought process of the single

It’s the antidote to a song of mine called “It’s Your Life” I wrote that one for a friend who was in a dark place, thinking suicidal thoughts… “I Could Be Somebody” is a musing of potential futures and frustration at feeling like nothing whilst everyone around you is telling you, ‘you can be anything,’ because don’t adults love to tell you that when you’re young. It’s about casting light into dark places and aiming to have some love and fun with life…

What was the recording process like?

Well, we were swapping parts between Doncaster Berlin and Nashville which doesn’t sound like a combination you hear very often…. Donny produces some great stuff….the process was long…..very long….the song went through a few developmental changes to essentially arrive where I began…a simple song. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

You have to decide when the thing’s finished……

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Naw I’ve released an acoustic version that pretty well covers it….

What are your plans for the year ahead?

More gigs more releases. I have another release planned in the spring of this year and more to follow in the summer…..

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

Hippy love stuff and kindness, own it and spread it around…..Be proud to do just that.