Showcase Spotlight: Emme Woods

It's been an exciting start to 2017 for Emme Woods, having just been announced to play The Great Escape Festival, playing the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Glasgow and releasing her latest single 'I've Been Running'. Ahead of her Wide Days showcase at Teviot, we chatted with Emme to get to know her a bit better... 

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself?

This is the part where I write something fancy about how cool I am but I’d have to spend all day typing ‘cool synonyms’ into google and ain’t nobody got time for that. I’m just a gal from Alloa that likes long walks on the beach, candle-lit dinners and group sex. Tipped as the greatest thing since toaster ovens, my songs will soon be playing in a dentist office near you. Once rode a horse through a McDonalds drive-thru and I’m Kathy Bates biggest fan.

Q: Has the move to electric guitar from acoustic folk and fiddle changed your writing style?

I think I feel a lot more free to write what I want. The acoustic folk just wasn’t really me. It was nice and sweet; too nice and sweet. That’s not really me… I like a bit of grit. I write tunes to feel good and sometimes I write tunes to feel bad, but it always let’s me get something out. I think I’d go pure mental if I kept all the things in my head. Cheaper than a therapist.

Q: Your first two singles were released on the Last Night From Glasgow label, what was the experience of working with them like?

It was my first experience not self releasing. It took so much pressure off and it was really lovely to feel like there were other people out there that liked the music enough to want to help it get out into the world. There’s only so many times I can sing for my gran before she tells me to shut up because River City is on, so I was buzzing when I had other people that wanted to listen. I was the second release on LNFG, so we were both kind of finding our feet at the time. They have all been great to work with and they help with anything I need. Ian even gave me his Netflix password so I haven’t left the house since. 

Q: Have you got any guilty musical pleasures?

I love to blast Tommy Scott in the car. My pals hate it, but I think it’s growing on them. My papa and I used to listen to him when I was younger, then my gran gave me the CD. 'Donald Where’s Yer Trousers?' Tune. And 'Campbeltown Loch, I Wish You Were Whisky’… Well I wish you were rum but I’d settle for whisky.

Q: Lastly, what can we expect from your live show?

Tunes you can groove to. Tunes that make you happy. Tunes that make you not so happy. Some trumpet. A dancing chihuahua. Some really fucking bad jokes. A shit load of swearing. And some pretty great dancing. These legs have a mind of their own.

Ailsa Harper