Erin McKeown is a wonderfully talented singer-songwriter. To The Stars has always been a personal favourite of mine and I have looked forward to keeping up with each release she puts out. Erin’s latest album, MANIFESTRA is her seventh release and simply lovely. Proof is an example of a tender track where Erin draws you in with her heartfelt vocals and compelling lyrics. In this interview, Erin talks with us about having her own label, really liking meat, and dream gigs.
AMBY: Hello Erin, thanks for taking the time to chat with AMBY. How have you been?
Erin McKeown: great. thank you!
AMBY: Proof is a lovely song, what is the story behind it?
Erin McKeown: I was thinking allot about relationships and love- how we know and feel that someone loves us, but we can’t always prove it they way we could with a math problem or a science experiment.
AMBY: How fun was the video for Proof to make?
Erin McKeown: I’m not sure I would say it was fun. it was an experience that’s for sure. I had to really stay zen about the whole thing because it was uncomfortable and quite nerve-wracking to execute.
AMBY: You recently released your seventh studio record Manifestra on your own label TVP Records. What types of creative freedom has this allowed you as an artist?
Erin McKeown: Having my own label basically allows me to have the most direct pipeline between my ideas, my recordings, and then my listeners. I can move at lightening speed now!
AMBY: What do you have planned for the near future?
Erin McKeown: I write a blog series about the intersection of music and sports for WNYC. this summer I am launching a podcast version of that series called “ * “ (Asterisk). and I am collaborating on a theater project.
AMBY: Who would your dream gig be with?
Erin McKeown: Judy Garland.
AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?
Erin McKeown: The new Tegan and Sara. Ben Sollee. tUnE-yArDs.
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
Erin McKeown: At a recent gig, I had to take a break for a student MC to tell some jokes and award prizes for a raffle.
AMBY: Which three songs are essential Erin McKeown?
Erin McKeown: Blackbirds, You Sailor, Manifestra.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Erin McKeown: See #5 :)
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Erin McKeown: Everyone gets a chance to be heard.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Erin McKeown that nobody knows yet?
Erin McKeown: I really like to eat meat.
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