Hiya Minerva 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 decided to go into music very naturally I think, I’ve been surrounded by creative people all my life & I fell for music. Me and my piano are best friends and so performing as a solo artist initially felt right for me, now that I’m performing but with a band behind me at times you can really feel the music and it’s an experience I don’t think anything else can give you.

Introduce us all to you and your musical history?

I’ve been singing since I could talk (Apparently) and when I was 5/6 I used to pretend I had my own radio show “Radio Minni” in the back of my parents car on long journeys, I think I always wanted to be a singer!

When I was 6 I fell in love with the piano that was left at a house we just moved into and it all came together from there. When I was around 14 I started writing songs & then from 16 I was performing them live. Now I’m fronting a band full of incredible musicians and giving my songs more life than I could ever picture on my own

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on your local circuit?

Good as gold by Deano.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

I’m not sure, I haven’t ever thought about it, but I do enjoy reading up on conspiracy theories & true crime in my spare time.

If you could choose, would you prefer to time travel to the past or go forward in time? And why?

I think the past, both would be flawed in some ways but travelling back would mean I could experience the music of the time & the atmospheres of the gigs for the giants like Queen, Abba or Etta James.

What support is out there for new artists in Manchester?

There is loads of support, obviously starting with RGM, there’s tonnes of independent bloggers, promoters & event organisers just dying to seek out the new artists of Manchester. If you’re just starting out though, the best thing is to have a solid support network around you, navigating the industry can be scary and feel lonely at times, so having your best friends around you makes it a little less daunting.

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Manchester unsigned scene?

In terms of musicians there’s so many but the ones that spring to mind are The Haciendas, Floor4, Emily Lockett & Deano.

 In other inspirations I would say Open beat who champion independent and unsigned Manchester music and were one of the first people to give me a platform. 

What useless party trick /talent do you have/? 

I can play the whole guitar solo for sweet child of mine by Guns n Roses on the piano? Besides that, I can do the Mexican wave with my tongue

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

It was a Halloween headline gig, we all dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz (My favourite childhood film) and then performed Minnie the Moocher with my Guitarist – Harry Mackie – filling out the audience’s part. I had a cracking time during that gig with a lot of friends in the audience too.

What was the worst experience on stage?

I once had a bug land on me, but I was caught so off guard as it started crawling towards my face that I did just freeze and forgot how to sing or speal. As amusing as it is now, I remember this feeling of embarrassment and shock that quickly turned into me making strange noises into the microphone and everyone being very confused, not my finest moment.

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

Maybe that I’m only 5’1 ft, so my nickname Minni really fits.

What’s your biggest achievement as an artist?

Currently I would say my biggest achievement as an artist is performing at Proud embankment for a competition for Alpha unsigned to win a 100k record deal with my band. It was such a fun experience with the band and one we will never forget! Although we didn’t win, we have been entered back into the competition for a social media wildcard vote! So if you get a second it would mean the world if you could vote for us: https://bit.ly/AUWildcard

What makes you stand out as an artist?

As a female queer artist there’s this expectancy to be soft spoken and have a soft voice but I, do not. I can be soft, but the majority of my newer audiences have said they are surprised that such a powerful note can come from such a small person. I think this makes me stand out but I’m also not afraid to be me. What you see with me is what you get & I don’t ever want to change that.

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

Perfume adverts. What is the point? 

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

I do I do! It’s coming out on February 16th, it’s called Something Strange, and the general consensus is that it SLAPS! It’s one of my punchier tracks featuring distorted piano, guitar riffs and powerful vocals. I wrote it about an hour after finding out an ex-partner had cheated on me, so it has a bit of bite to it. 

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

I remember getting home and just sitting down at the piano, I was furious and filled with adrenaline after finding out about the above & then just played piano, got it all out & was singing until the line “I’ll win the war if you cheat at the fight” came out. From there the whole song formed & I felt so much relief. 

What was the recording process like?

Awesome. I love recording with the band, you get to see and hear the whole thing slowly come together. Of course, the producer Tayte really made it sound right but I had no doubt that he wouldn’t. I’ve worked with Tayte from Mad Fox in the past on another single Substitute & he worked his magic there. The recording took 2 days to track & a month or so to get to the finished product.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

The biggest learning curve for me was getting over the anger that came with singing the song. Originally I didn’t show this song for a few months at least because the emotion was so raw but then I knew I wanted people to hear it. So I had to switch up my thought process and it became about me getting over the negative emotions & I felt powerful

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, I absolutely love the outcome! I know there’s always room for improvement, but I think if we fiddled too much with the track it would have lost its essence 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Gigs, gigs and more gigs! I want to meet and network with music lovers from here there and everywhere so I’m hoping to get to see more gigs and perform at more. Hopefully there will be a few more releases on the way too, we have one that’s going to be great for summer!

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

Try not to compare yourself to others around you, it can be hard to see and appreciate your own progress when you’re trying to achieve what others have so early on. Keep at it & don’t give up & don’t be afraid to reach out to people for advice. These are things I have to tell myself all the time so I hope it can be of some use to you too.

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