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Interview: The Waifs

The fabulous Waifs are currently on tour promoting their amazing new album, 'Beautiful You'. We got to catch up with them and chat about the amazing career they've had and all the exciting new things on the horizon with this new chapter.

 

Congrats on the success on the new album, how’s life been since its release this year?

Thanks. Life has been full of all the usual ups and downs with a bit of touring thrown in.

You went from writing separately to trying a collaborative effort on this album, how was that?

Not entirely successful - we did write the album in the same building, just in separate rooms. The collaboration came in the studio when we put the magic on tape. 

Was there a main concept that inspired the new album, ‘Beautiful You’?

No. We aren't conceptual artists. I guess we do stick to the same concept for each album.... Write the songs about highways, love and being away from home, take some guitars and record them. That's our every album concept.

You worked with the wonderful Nick DiDia on this album, what was the recording and producing process like?

It was surprisingly familiar. I suppose I was expecting a big name producer would tear things apart and leave us shaking in our boots. But Nick said "well let's play it like you play it and we’ll tweak stuff and pit a bit of shine here and there. "He was very flexible, infinitely patient and incredibly skilled and focused at the desk. I feel he brought out the best in our playing.

You’ve had an amazing career over the last twenty-three years, what has been a highlight so far?

We had an amazing career, still are. Many highlights singing with Dylan, playing Newport and New Orleans jazz fest but the real highlights for us all are in the stories people share of their lives and how our songs have played a role.

And in that time span, you’ve spent a lot of time on tour, what’s you favourite part of being on the road?

Same as above-the people we meet. Playing music with good friends and the camaraderie we all have on tour. Our band & crew we all go back years. It's our family away from family.

Which of the songs on the new album are you most excited to play to the fans on tour?

I love "when a man gets down " for its harmonies. It's written in the sweet spot for our voices and is a joy to sing. I also love playing "Black dirt track". Because it connects me with my family and home and I sense audiences feel that connection.

You all seem to still love sharing your music after all these years, how do you keep the passion for it alive?

Well the passion just exists inside of us. Touring takes me away from my family which is difficult yet I'm not the best person I can be unless I am playing & creating & performing music. I am a mother and wife first and foremost and my family is gracious in supporting my creative endeavors because they see that is also a part of who I am.

What advice would you give yourself at the start of your career?

Take it in. Take it ALL in. 

What can audiences expect from the new tour?

They can expect a band playing in top form, and performers willing and grateful to be standing where they are and happy to be sharing a song two.

The Waif's are touring Australia in October and November, catch them on tour, they are amazing! Details on all the shows available here http://www.thewaifs.com/tours.html

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