Wallis Bird, the folkish singer-songwriter from Ireland, is somewhat of a veteran, having been performing for over a decade.
She now tours Europe prolifically, having built up a certain affinity with (and fan base in) her home away from home, Germany. Her fifth studio album Home was released at the end of September.
During a gap in her tour of England, she was kind enough to drop by for an interview and a SoundCheck session, whence she graced us with a raw and heartfelt performance of two tracks from Home. Wonderfully crafted, her songs allow her to showcase her rare vocal ability and left us utterly compelled. It's a wonder that she's not more well-known.
That Leads the Way
When she'd stopped singing and we had begged for an encore, Wallis took pity on us by answering a dozen of our questions.
Disorder: What are you working on right now?
Wallis: Right now I'm working on my tour. England. It's raw, nuts, tough, but worth it.
D: How has living in Berlin influenced your music?
W: I'm extremely happy in the city, my love, my best friends, my home, my studio, constant inspiration around me, my life is the best it's been so I put a lot of that down to the city itself.
D: What artists turn you on?
W: Fela Kuti, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Björk, Tuneyards, The Prodigy, Chaka Khan, Ani DiFranco, Villagers.
D: What got you started?
W: Getting conceived was a good start!
D: What has been the biggest lesson along the way?
W: Find the fun in everything. Don't be a dick.
D: What/where do you like to eat or drink?
W: Pussy! Ah sorry, I couldn't resist! Haha! I love a fine Guinness in an old man's pub; as good as most meals I've had.
D: Where do you feel most yourself?
W: At home, cooking for friends.
D: What talent do you wish you had?
W: I'd love to be talented in the service industry, that’s a huge array of personality talents in one that I think you're born with; unfortunately something I'm shite at, but really appreciate in others.
D: What innovation/invention do you love most?
W: Anything to do with communication.
D: What is your idea of happiness?
W: Just that – happiness. That moment you realise you're actually happy is a milestone. Nothing better than that.
D: What is your present state of mind?
W: Completion. Happy out.
D: What would you do if you were not a musician?
W: I'd love to be a masseur or a physical healer of some sort.
Many thanks to Ollie at Brixton Jamm for making this happen!