QUESTIONS & ANSWERS – der gig-blog-Fragenkatalog 149 mit GEMMA RAY


Foto: Promo

Es heißt, bei Auftritten von Gemma Ray werde schon mal das Stahlmesser gezückt. Auf der Bühne versteht sich. Ihrer Gitarre entlockt die britische Singer/Songwriterin damit Knife-Guitar-Slide-Sounds. Die Klangwelten ihrer Musik breiten sich aus zwischen Blues, Psychedelia,Fifties-Pop und cineastischem Sound, gepaart mit ihrem markanten rauchigen Gesang.

Heute erscheint ihr Album „Psychogeology“ . Im Merlin ist Gemma Ray am Donnerstag, den 21. Februar live zu sehen. Entwaffnend ehrlich hat sie vor Tourstart noch unseren Fragebogen beantwortet:

What was the most wonderful gig you ever played?
The Royal Albert hall in London (Leadbelly tribute concert)

Where would you absolutely love to play?
Stuttgart Merlin! Or a dog rescue centre full of naughty scruffy terriers.

Have you ever felt bored on stage? If so, why?

What’s your best memory of seeing live music?
ummm… in recent memory I enjoyed seeing Irmin Schmidt of Can conduct a collection of his work, and I also played in the band afterwards in a special evening at Volksbuhne in Berlin.

Describe the perfect stage outfit.
A Sun Ra inspired 1960s retro futuristic sci-fi african style space-queen mini dress with silver or gold go-go boots.

Please describe your worst studio experience.
being repeatedly auto-tuned behind my back, and then lied to about it so that it had to be undone in the mixes. And the engineer smelling my slippers in secret.

Which things must always be in your tour bag?
lyrics, various works in progress, vegan ’space bars‘ for long soundcheck nasty-hunger protein prevention, nuxe handcream and wet wipes.

Winter in Berlin is long, grey and cold: Have you got a favorite song for this season.
Melody from Serge Gainsbourgs Histoire De Melody Nelson, it’s so icy.

Which song never fails to make you sing, hum or whistle along?
My Without You by The Supremes.

Which program was the last you binge-watched?
Russian Doll

Your favourite misbehavior?
writing when i should be rehearsing

Your favourite Weired Food Quirks?
Sauerkraut with everything.

And marmite in soup.

Peanut butter in porridge.

The most beautiful woman and/or man in showbusiness?
My boyfriend.

What was the first song you fell in love with and why?
Everyday by Buddy Holly. ( I recorded a cover of it….)

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
a nurse

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