Monday, 20 July 2015

Feature: Callaghan (20/07/15)

2015 has already been a big year for British singer/songwriter Callaghan. After a successful tour in May and June, with 35 shows in 16 states and covering 10,000 miles across the USA; this was her third year doing the tour and is now bringing her unique approach to touring back to the UK. She's also booked for Summertyne Festival and Secret Garden Party and a couple more. As well as making a name for herself on the live circuit, Callghan's previous single 'Best Year' has received radio play on BBC Radio 2 and support from the likes of Jeremy Vine and Jonathan Ross. She's just released her latest single 'We Don't Have To Change The World' and no doubt will be busy for the rest of the year too, so be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled! 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I have been involved in music for as longs as I can remember - I grew up in a musical house and my parents encouraged me and my two sisters to all take up instruments really young. I got really into singing and performing in my early teens and realised then that it was something I wanted to spend my life doing. 

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
It's hard to choose just once because I've been to a lot of very different shows and they were inspiring in different ways. The first concert I ever got taken to was John Denver when I was 5 which definitely inspired me to want to be on the stage and sing. I also went to see Celine Dion at the O2 arena once and even thought I was almost on the back row, the sound was so incredible it was one of the most captivating concerts I've been to. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
My favourite album at the moment is Ghost Stories by Coldplay. I've particularly been listening to it on long drives while I'm touring because it's so relaxing and makes the time go by really quickly. 

3 Questions for Callaghan:

1. You've taken an interesting and exciting approach to touring, what's the idea behind your house tours and what do you hope/feel you get out of them?
I've been doing house concerts since I moved to the US in 2010, but usually around my regular public touring. Since 2013, I've been doing a full tour of house concerts each year that has lasted a month (or two months this year) called "Callaghan Across America". The house concert tour gives me a chance to reach fans in parts of the country my regular touring might not take me to, and they aksi enable me to build my fan base. House concerts are about as intimate as you can get for a concert - someone is hosing you in their own home and inviting all their friends to come and listen to your music. By the end of the evening I've usually made loads of new friends and all the people then go home and tell all their friends about my music, so the fan base builds really well. Usually, after a few house concerts in a new area, I'll be able to go back and do a show in a public venue and lots of the new fans will come out. It has worked really well over the years and I enjoy the intimacy it creates with my fans. I also love doing the public shows and getting to perform in bigger venues with my whole band. I think it's all about variety and keeping touring imaginative and engaging. 

2. What three countries would you most like to tour and why?
The US and UK are keeping me pretty busy with touring at the moment! After 5 years of touring in the States it feels great getting to bring my music back to the UK and share it with people over there, so I'm really excited to be playing at some amazing festivals in the UK this Summer and brining my house concert tour to the UK as well. If I was going to pick one other country to tour in, it would probably be Australia since my sister just moved there! 

3. What process did you go through creating your latest single 'We Don't Have To Change The World' and did it differ to other songs of yours?
"We Don't Have To Change The World" is probably one of the happiest songs on my new album - and there are definitely quite a few of those on there! I wrote it with my producer Dennis Matkosky in Nashville, and it really sums up the feeling of not wanting to spend your whole life worrying all the time. These days I think there can be so much pressure on people to be constantly pushing themselves and arching for their next goal, sometimes to the extent that they miss what's going on around them. Sometimes it feels good to put all the worry out of your mind and just live in the moment and enjoy life. 

Random Q:

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would make everyone be a bit more polite to each other. It doesn't cost anything to be kind to someone and it makes everyone's day so much nicer! 

'We Don't Have To Change The World' Review:
This is a brilliant track. With a skippy beat layered with a chilled bass and growing into an upbeat and catchy pop song with country influences. You can't help but sit back and smile, whilst singing along to the chorus. (The layered vocals near the end of the songs are an added bonus too!) The lyrics really do focus on everything you don't have to do, subconsciously allowing you to really delve into the music and meaning. I really love this song, it's perfect for a summer day and it's bound to pick anyone up on a bad day!

See Callaghan Live (UK):
23rd July: Canary Wharf, London
24th July: A Callaghan House Show, Great Bardsey
25th July: Secret Garden Party Festival
26th July: A Callaghan House Show, Harpenden
30th July: Cambridge Folk Festival
31st July: A Callaghan House Show, Syleham, Suffolk

Callaghan's Links:
'A History Of Now' Album (iTunes):

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