What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Left field whimsical folk pop
Give us a little bio about you.
Ebony Buckle is a London-based singer/songwriter. Hailing from the seaside town of Townsville, Australia, Buckle is taking listeners on a whimsical left-field pop journey with her complex harmonies and imaginative storytelling lyricism. She sings about topics covering everything from romance and broken hearts to disgruntled mermaids, lonely space whales and alien invasion.
What made you go into music?
I’ve been surrounded by musical people all my life (Husband and many many friends) and my parents were always really supportive. Apparently I used to wake up singing when I was little. As an actor I have often felt that a lot of my creative outlet was dependent on someone else saying ‘yes’, and so I turned to music initially to feel in control of my own creativity. I feel like music allows me to express who I truly am.
Are you signed?
Nope, very much Independent!
You released your single ‘Susan’, tell us more about the single.
Susan is the love song I wrote for my imaginary best friend ‘Susan the Raptor’. She is my daring and reckless alter ego and I wanted to write a song for her.
What is the meaning behind the single?
Have you ever had an imaginary best friend?
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing process like?
It happened pretty quickly. I was writing it with my Husband Nick Burns (he also produced Susan) and I was wearing a dinosaur onesie (just to get myself in the right frame of mind you understand). We wrote it in one night! I think it’s the closest I have come to writing a dance track!
What was the recording process like?
I am very lucky in that my recording studio is in my house. Nick Burns is a brilliant producer and I tend to swan around a lot and say things like: “I want this bit to sound like stardust” and “do you think we can accentuate the pavlova moment?” and he just goes along with everything and creates the most amazing sound!
Who did you work with on the single?
It was just Nick and I. We played all the instruments ourselves and did all the backing vocals too! When we play live we have a lovely band and 4 part harmonies which is really exciting!
Will we see a music video for the track?
You sure will! It is out in the next 2 weeks and let’s just say there is a SUSAN DANCE ROUTINE!
Will we see an EP or album and if so what can we expect?
I am going to spend next year making my album, using the platform Patreon to fundraise. You will definitely see some singles coming out in the new year as well!
Do you have any shows coming up?
I have a big show in London on the 20th of February at the Camden Chapel. It will be me and my beautiful whimsical band and all of the Ebony Buckle songs.
If so where will you be heading?
Camden Chapel https://bit.ly/2RnsJ4b
What else can we expect in 2019/Early 2020?
I am about to launch a really exciting project through Patreon, where I am going to release a song from my album once a month (exclusively on Patreon). There will be lots of added extras and I may even be making my own artwork. So it’s going to be a very busy year!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Yes always! You can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you play any instruments?
I play piano and am also a very keen amateur percussionist.
Who are your influences?
I love Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Belle and Sebastian, Sufjan Stevans, The Decemberists, The Cat Empire and I could go on!
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Generally I write things down as poems, whether it’s how I’m feeling, or a story that’s come in to my head. So when I go to write a song I go back through my books and find things I think could work.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Goodness me, I have always been terrible at having any sort of 5 year plan. But you know what…I want to have an album and a vinyl released. I want to be performing at festivals and touring the world with my band.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I am an actor too! I just finished my first job on the West End in London and am currently rehearsing a Christmas Musical where I get to play a very strong-willed doll called Tinsel.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
‘Lose it’ by Austra
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Trust your gut and take your space. I used to find it so much easier to listen to other people’s opinions without taking your own instinct in to account. It’s hard at first but as soon as you listen to yourself and your own voice instead of pleasing everyone around you, you will find out what you can actually do!
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
I think it goes hand in hand with the last question. Stay true to what you want to do and how you feel you want to express yourself. People connect to music through you when they can sense it has come from a genuine place.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
If we are talking Townsville, Australia, then it’s Florence Bay on Magnetic Island. I think that’s where my soul lives.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Probably the bath. And then the kitchen.
2/ Who do you see first? my Husband Nick Burns.
3/What do you eat first? Probably a cheese board…or crepes…or watermelon.
When you are at a gig, what are 5
things you cannot forget?
My setlist, my pedal for my keyboard, my band (Nick, Matt, Gemma and Laura) and my hilarious stage chat.