A: How and why did you create Lone Taxidermist?
LT: I had a six-piece band previously in Manchester, after they split I wanted to do something on my own, partly down to my old obsession with one man/woman bands like Scout Niblett and Bob Log 3rd. I’ve always made music or it might be better to say I’ve always made noise. I can’t imagine not doing it.
A: Your music is very experimental, how do you go about writing songs?
LT:I think the answer is in your question. I experiment.
A: Do you challenge any political issues in your songs?
LT:Not consciously, but I think certain gripes end up bubbling to the surface, quite a lot to do with equality, gender and the politics of sex.
A: Why the name 'The Lone Taxidermist'?
LT: It’s just Lone Taxidermist now. I got rid of ‘the’ a few years ago because it seemed big-headed and I wanted the indefinite article. ‘Lone’ came from going it alone, even though there’s three of us now, and the prospect of being solo. ‘Taxidermist’ came from me collecting stuffed dead birds off eBay, which I no longer do. The name has less relevance now but I don’t want to change it.
A: What is the best thing about creating music?
LT: That is a massive question! I don’t know where to begin. Erm, there isn’t one best thing but there are lots of little things that add up. Constantly learning, discovering different ways to record and present sound, collaborating with all manner of sound makers who show you new ways and bend how you hear sound. It’s a form of creativity and therefore a form of cathartic release for me.
A: Do you think there needs to be change in the music industry? Have you experienced any sexism by performing and so on?
LT:There needs to be many, many changes in the music industry. First of all artists need to be paid properly! We need to have a fairer share of the Spotify cake and yes women are horrendously under-represented, at festivals, in the studio, in production. This is not just in music though, its rife everywhere. I do experience sexism, but it’s so lateral and subtle you sometimes don’t realise until afterwards. A common one is the engineer asking my bandmates who are both male what the live set up is. But I get it from women as well as men, a lot of the time when I tell people I’m a musician they will ask me if I’m the singer. Or what really gets me going is if I’m introduced as the singer in my band, which of course I am, but I also program the software, modulate the synthesisers, produce the sound and everything else!