Tuesday, 18 August 2009
In Conversation with
Done live at Dukes 92, Castlefield, Manchester
A little background:
Over the years doing Setting Sun, when possible
it has being good fun to revisit acts
and do follow up interviews with them somewhere along the case.
Amanda NG, a talented young singer songwriter from
Manchester but originally from a land far far away who
mixes elements in her sound off dreamy piano ballads
with jazzy pop to name but two things contacted me about
nine months after we first met and asked me would I like
to do a second interview with her for Setting Sun.
After seeing her do an enjoyable gig in Manchester just
before that, I said yes straight away and this interview
happened a few weeks later.
The interview was as straightforward as interviews
can be, and I had a good natter with Amanda.
For more information on Amanda go to her myspace
page which is:
Thanks Amanda as always!.
Andy N x.
Interview with. Amanda N.G. August 2009.
GREAT TO SEE SINCE THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE
YOU HAVE NOW AND YOU HAVE STARTED PLAYING
LOTS OF GIGS - HOW HAVE THESE GONE SO FAR?
Stressful! Due to some unreliable musicians. But
so far, so good. I'm in the middle of organizing
some more gigs. The last gig gave me a lot of confidence.
Last time we spoke I hadn't done many but after the
last gig, I want to get out there and do lots more.
I've also recently done my first photo shoot at
General Store, Manchester.
You can see the pictures at.
And on my myspace page at: www.myspace.com/amandafoxylady.
Also, my web site is being built at
How did that go?
It went brilliant and took 13 hours
to complete the shoot. Now I can't
wait to do some more.
I WAS AT YOUR GIG AT MANCHESTER
ACADEMY 3 RECENTLY, CORRECT ME
IF I WAS WRONG BUT WAS THAT YOUR
FIRST GIG SINCE THE ROYAL EXCHANGE
IN 07? 08?
I REALLY ENJOYED IT. THOUGHT
BOTH OF THE GUYS BACKING YOU
REALLY ADDED SOMETHING
TO YOUR SOUND. HOW DID YOU
MEET RICHARD (KEYS AND SAX)
AND KIKI (GUITAR)?
I first met Richard at university
and he's like a little brother to
me. Kiki (Guitar) I met more recently
because of un-reliable musician
who let me down just two and a half
weeks before the gig. So I went
to a guitar shop in Northern Quarter,
found his number and met him the same
night. Happened to find out he was a
session guitarist who had played
for a number of bands in Spain.
EVEN BETTER. TAKE ARE BOTH
OF THESE GUYS NOW SIGNED
EXCLUSIVELY TO YOUR BAND?
(Setting Sun laughs).
Richard is the most important
element of my kind of sound.
YOU COULD REALLY HEAR THAT
AT THE GIG WHEN HE REALLY
KICKED IN WITH THE SAX…
AND WHEN I HEARD KIKI I
THOUGHT OH S**T THIS GUY'S
A REALLY GOOD GUITAR PLAYER.
IT ALWAYS MAKES A MAJOR DIFFERENCE
I THINK TO YOUR SOUND WHEN YOU HEAR A
GOOD GUITAR PLAYER. HOWEVER IN YOUR CASE,
I THINK THE SAX IS MORE UN-USUAL
CERTAINLY AS IT REALLY BUILDS SOMETHING
DIFFERENT INTO THE SOUND. HOW DID THE
GIG GO FOR YOU CONSIDERING IT WAS
YOUR FIRST SINCE THE ROYAL EXCHANGE?
It went amazing - I was not nervous
at all in contrast to the Royal Exchange.
I think that night at the academy they
say we had about 100 or maybe 120 people
there and I wasn't even nervous. I just
tried to give it my best.
I KNOW NOW YOU'VE GOT A DRUMMER WHO
COULDN'T DO THAT FIRST GIG.
He was in Canada!.
(Setting Sun laughs):
THAT EXPLAINS WHY HE COULDN'T
DO THE GIG. I KNOW HE IS GOING TO
JOINING YOU FOR LIVE SHOWS
ETC. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR
I met his girlfriend randomly
at a restaurant that she is working
at and she introduced me to him.
OUT OF YOUR LIVE SET AT THE
ACADEMY, ARE THE DRUMS GOING TO
BE QUITE PROMINENT?
OBVIOUSLY THE FIRST TWO
'DEEPEST EMOTIONS AND
'UNFINISHED BUSINESS' WERE
THE FIRST TWO FROM YOUR MANCHESTER
SET ARE MORE PIANO BALLADS.
Those two may well have soft drums.
HOW DID YOU FEEL THE SONGS ARE
NOW SHAPING UP NOW YOU HAVE
THE BAND BACKING YOU?
I think it's great as they have
had added much more atmosphere and
entertainment to my performance,
it is an important element that
cannot be missed and makes it more
enjoyable for the audience and us.
I KNOW FROM THE LIVE SET THERE WAS
ONE TRACK I HADN'T HEARD BEFORE
'UNFINISHED BUSINESS' -CAN YOU TELL
US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT
Well - to be honest it isn't
about one particular person - it's
for everything and all the possibilities
with somebody where sometimes where
maybe the situation or the timing isn't
right. It's a song, which sums up the
same reason that would trigger all the
old memories for myself, and I can share
with the world.There is too much
After listening to this, you might
think that I wrote this because I was
heartbroken but it’s really not the case.
Most of the time the situation may not
allow us to be together.It is just something
that can apply to a whole host of
IT WAS NICE TO SEE A RANGE OF MATERIALS
FROM UNFINISHED BUSINESS TO THE MORE
POPPY STUFF ON THE SET SUCH AS WHAT
IS LOVE..., IS THERE ANY CHANCE YOU MAY
DO A HARD ROCK SONG TO GO WITH IT?
I haven't done one of them yet. Would
be a challenge certainly.
I'M JOKING SERIOUSLY - DO YOU THINK
YOUR MATERIALS ARE MOVING INTO SEVERAL
DIFFERENT CAMPS OR TERRITORIES?
Definitely… Unfinished business is
for example a piano ballad as is
Deepest Emotions. I then move to
My love, My life that is more
upbeat and so on.
IS THERE MORE STYLES YOU WOULD
LIKE TO TRY NOW YOU HAVE THE
BAND SUPPORTING YOU?
I would like to mix Jazz
with pop and indie rock.
Should be fun.
CERTAINLY WHEN YOU HAVE SUCH
A GOOD GUITARIST SUCH AS KIKI, IT
WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE TO GIVE
HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO FLY
ONCE IN A WHILE.
I totally agree. For example,
he created a fantastic solo
for Unfinished Business.
LAST TIME I SPOKE TO YOU, YOU
WERE HOPING TO GET THE ALBUM DONE
BY THE END OF LAST YEAR - HOW IS
THAT LOOKING NOW WITH THE BAND A
LSO IN PLACE?
Better than I expected because
as a person I am more determined
to show the world what I can do
creatively and obviously, as I am
getting a little older and a
little bit more mature, it
is a case of doing it now
HAVE YOU GOT MANY MORE NEW
TRACKS ON THE GO ALSO?
Unfinished business is a new
track and there are three or
four more new tracks on the
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING
THEM. GIGS ARE CLEARLY THE NEXT
STAGE FOR YOU THEN?
Basically - having played at
Manchester Academy 3 I was
delighted with my and my
bands performance as well
as the audience's reaction.
I was delighted with all of
it. Now I want to do lots
I have lots of plans for the
future. I want to write more
songs and do lots lots more gigs.
Monday, 3 August 2009
(Discussing Deemed Psychotic, Kypoetry,
technoky, Poets & Kids Express,
Shawky Dog etc)
A little background:
Kylyra, my friend from Dark World International is a
busy young lady without doubt and makes my running
around sometimes like I am a beginnier.
First interviewed in the old version off ‘Setting Sun’
(http://www.geocities.com/aen1mpo) at the end off 2007,
when this new site was launched the interview was
One of the first interviews to be transferred across
with a slight update.
Further conversations with Ky revealed
It would be worth doing a totally new interview
With her, as since her first interview at the end off
2007, a number of new projects had cropped up
And in the case of existing projects, all of them
Had being updated.
The interview of course pretty quick, and
Certainly in the case of Kypoetry and Poets
Express I have to hold my hand up and
Say I was in part responsible for both of these,
But both are fantastic in different ways and well
Worth checking out for different reasons.
More details on all of the projects can be found
They are well worth checking out. I have the CD
For Kypoetry ‘Purple’ and it is lovely… Well
Worth the 10 Euro’s I paid out!
How are things and whats happening at
I'm just coming off a 10 day down period,
which feels odd! It's the first break I've
allowed myself in over 6 months, and
trying to fill my days by doing nothing was
quite a challenge to a work-aholic like me.
I managed it, with some help from my
friends and family....and that I didn't turn
on the computer at all, and had my
phones off! lol! Now I'm gearing up for a
very full autumn schedule.
Now I know since we last conducted
A interview, I know you have being a
Very busy young lady – first of all, can
You tell us a little bit about the development
Of your music in Deemed Psychotic with
Your excellent nine tracks available for
Download on Dark World International?
Yeah, the new Deemed Psychotic sound is killer.
Tor and I wrote the material for the second release
ages ago, and had roughs done in the studio.
We finished up the nine tracks that are available
for download at our page, http://www.darkworld.com/10page.html,
and our producer, Kristi, spent about two weeks
hammering in the studio on our sound.
The whole band's been remixed, and it's a
much more mature sounding release. Some of
the punk elements of The 1st have been
softened out, and it's been getting great response
on the net. 'Monsters' and 'Silly Mind Games' have
both hit number one at Sony/BMG's site, Musictrax,
Both Tor and myself would like to get the full release
done; we've got another five or six songs in the studio
that need final tracks put in, but our schedules have
been really full! The album is supposed to be done by the
end of the year, though, so it would be a great gift for
someone who enjoys great, full-on hard rock....hint, hint!
It’s being great to see you expand into the
World of spoken poetry. I know I am partly
Responsible for this happening but I never
Expected the way you put music into it.
Can you tell us a little bit about how
The sound has developed as I know
Previously your poetry was much more
Yeah, Andy, you're to blame for it! You and
Coll from BlogTalkRadio...egging me on to do
spoken word recordings.
I knew the minute you brought it up
exactly what I'd end up doing, but I never expected
the response I've got from it. I was hesitant at first; I
always am on a new project. I have to feel my way
into what it's going to be. I began using some of
my older poetry that's up on my Dark World page,
I drew a lot from my experience in Stygian Tars,
the improvisational band I was in. I didn't start
with metering, or refrains...I used my free verse,
and spoke naturally.
Then I added ambience and sounds.
I found some of the pieces ('Afternoon Tea',
'The Poet') began to pull melodies out of me,
and started to work in that direction purposefully.
As you noted, my early poetry is very inward
focused. I used to write to me, to express
frustration or thoughts I was wrestling with.
Two things happened very quickly
this spring that drastically changed that.
One, you invited me to your poetry night,
Two, we began to discuss the beat
generation. All this drove me to google the hell
out of performance poetry; I searched out videos
of poets in the Manchester area
specifically since you'd shared with me
the excellent tip of knowing your audience. I saw
quite a variety of work, but was struck by the
overall humour and quirky language that I heard.
I also did some research on the art form
of performance poetry, and that led me back
to (gasp) the beat generation. We'd talked
of Jack Kerouac, and I finally found some
of his audio files. I also watched some videos
All of this worked in combination, and the
material I presented at your night was
completely new. My words were written
specifically to be spoken live, and I found
a new metering and rhyme scheme to work
with. I found myself being lighter; I'll get heavy
and depressive with myself, but tend to be
more playful when interacting with others.
So my work included humour, I think for the
first time. I also presented the first poem I wrote
in the style of the beat generation,
'Clutched and Frosted', which I'm particularly
proud of. I won't be so arrogant as to say I
captured the style; but I will call what I did 'neo-beat'.
I'm writing more and more these days; thank
you for re-sparking my love of poetry. I'm working
heavy with the jazz combo behind me, but not
exclusively....I hate to be pigeon-holed; in fact,
I refuse to be. So I'm still doing pieces with
ambient noise, still doing pieces with techno
beats, still doing serious material along with
I hope to be able to pull a full show together
With KyPoetry; something I could present in a
I love the fact you have also bought your
First spoken word CD on DWI called ‘Purple’.
Can you tell us a little bit about the
sessions for this CD and why you called
Yes, 'KyPoetry-Purple' is available on Amazon.com.
This is a limited edition EP, and includes my first
recordings. I'll be back in the studio re-recording
and re-producing some of these pieces, so this
is your only chance to hear some of them this way!
I've learned quite a bit about how I want this
material to sound, and performing live has,
of course, changed everything for me. It's a great
sounding release, and I'm very proud of it...but I
WILL pull it when I come out with the full CD,
so get it now!
I guess the idea of calling it Purple developed
over a period of time. I'd chosen one of my
abstract photographs as the symbol of
KyPoetry quite a while ago. The original
was in black and white, and I tinkered on my
computer with the file until I came up with
I went through a variety of ideas of names
for the release, but in the end I decided that
any title would fail to convey what I wanted,
so I went abstract. I began with purple
unconsciously....it just appealed to me. As
usual, though, my mind took the abstraction
and wove it into something new. The idea
now is to release a series of KyPoetry CDs,
taking you through the colours of the rainbow.
So expect to see Purple, Indigo, Blue, Green,
Yellow, Orange, and Red coming out. If I'm
still at it after all that, I'm not out of ideas! lol!
It’s also being wicked to see Ky Poetry do
Gigs (I’ve being to two of them). How do
These compare to your studio recordings?
Performing live always teaches you so
much...I'm fully aware my live
performances outdo my recordings in
many ways. I'm far more animated
vocally in front of a live audience,
and my added theatrics and blocking just
make my live performances that much
more engaging. That is, of course,
the real reason I'll be re-recording
some of the material I've got on
'KyPoetry-Purple'. I've performed them now.
Those recordings are my first attempt
at the pieces. I've got a much better
idea of delivery and vocal pitches,
accents, etc. now. There are also
recordings that would be next to
impossible to perform live, and
I'd like to change some of that.
I’ve also found it cool to hear you have a
Recordings also up on D.W.I. under the name
Of technoky? Can you tell us a little bit more
About this sound etc?
Ah, TechnoKy....TechnoKy is my DJ material.
Before KyPoetry, before Deemed Psychotic,
my solo work, or Stygian Tars, I was doing
TechnoKy gives me an opportunity to go
back and do more DJing, which is a welcome
break from the hard writing I do in Deemed Psychotic
or the melodic work I do in KyPoetry.
It's very groovin' and has some improvisations
layered on top of the trance techno - and
no, not one vocal line.
I'll have two producers on the material;
some roughs from my first producer are
One production will be chilled ambience;
the other will be hard driving beats. I've got
more recording to do in the studio
before the first release is available,
and I'm going to try to get that done
before next summer. I'm looking forward
to taking TechnoKy live; I use
some classic equipment in it and get a
really fat sound.
Somehow on-top of both of this, I know you
Have found time to set up Poets Express,
A one day festival in Bantry, Southern Ireland.
Can you tell us how this started off etc?
Can I embarrass you some more? Poets Express
began because you asked about poetry nights in the
area I live, Bantry, Ireland. I was mortified to tell you
there weren't ANY poetry nights in the area, especially
after visiting Manchester and going to poetry night after
poetry night with you! I thought to myself, 'Why don't
you set something up? It can't be that hard.' lol! What
began as a simple idea kept growing and growing. In the
end, Poets Express had seven special guests (including
yourself) come in from around Ireland and Manchester,
open mic times, two bands, recorded audio and video,
catering, video footage specially created for the night,
and one hell of a show!
It almost was too big for me to handle, but I managed
it working non-stop, and relying on the help of several
people. I was very pleased at the turn out; we had a
grateful audience of 60-65 people who loved the night.
This was the first year of Poets Express, but it won't
be the last. I'll be working on securing sponsorships
for the night so I can expand on it. I hope to take next
year to two nights, and add in some seminars
during the day.
I found while working on Poets Express that the event
was not only important for poets and poetry people in
the area, but it was also important to the community.
I chose to hold the event at Bantry Boys' Club, a
community hall that is sadly underused. Many of the
locals were thrilled to see an entire show, all ages,
set up there again, and I've chosen to continue
holding the event there. Bantry has fancier venues,
but nothing more appropriate.
Poets Express is an event for the community, for the
people. Holding it in the community hall, bringing life
back to the building, just makes the event that
much more special.
I know also Kids Express has also started from
This and come under the same umbrella? Can
You tell us a little bit about this too also?
Kids Express is a children's poetry
competition I held in conjunction with Poets Express.
I wanted to get school aged kids involved in this,
and interested in performance poetry.
Poetry is a school subject here, but I heard
from plenty of parents how it's very dry, and
losing the interest of most children. So I hoped
to draw some kids into the event by holding
a competition. We had two age groups, 8-12
I announced the competition a bit late, but despite
that we received entries from all over Ireland, the
UK, and India! One of our local sponsors,
McCarthy Sports, donated two beautifully
engraved trophies for the winners, and the top
poet in each age group walked away with a
trophy plus a special gift from New Street
Jewellery and a special winners certificate.
They were also able to perform their winning
entries on stage at Poets Express.
Our winner for the 8-12 year olds, Ruby Sullivan,
was a real performer. I think her poetry stunned
the judges (made up from a panel of my
guest poets), but her performance blew
everyone away. I've never seen someone
that young be so poised and composed. Her
delivery was flawless, and I hope to hear much,
much more from her in the future.
Erin Barclay was our winner in the 13-17 year
old category. Erin couldn't be there on the night,
but her mom got up to deliver her poem - now
THERE was a woman with nerves of steel! If
Erin takes after her mom, we've got yet
another up and coming performer to watch,
in my opinion.
Of all the great things that have come out of hosting
Poets Express, running Kids Express was perhaps
the very best. I loved reading the material that
came in; we had an amazing variety of styles.
The maturity of the subjects from some
of these kids was awe-inspiring for me. I couldn't
help but compare my own work from when I
was that age, and let me tell you, mine fell
well short of some of what I read.
Last of the main questions, I have heard a rumor
You are now involved with the excellent almost
Literally Johnny Cash meets Nine Inch Nails band
Shawky Dawg.. How did your involvement with
Yes, I'm working with Shaky Dawg! It all began in
the studio (as do most things for me). The band
wanted some female backing vocals; I was
there and able to fill the position. No one
was thinking I'd go out and gig live with them;
my schedule is too crazy as it is. But when
Shaky Dawg opened for Poets Express,
well, seeing them up there just looked like
too much fun to pass up on. So I told them
I'd love to gig live, and away we went! It's a
pretty easy show for me, I'm just doing the
back-up vocals. But I was right, it's loads of fun
to play with the guys. A few days after Poets Express
we got a call requesting Shaky Dawg to
open up for Nik Turner (guitarist
from Hawkwind), and of course we
snapped at it.
I only had 2 rehearsals with the guys,
but all went smoothly....Nik even gave us
a standing ovation after one of our numbers!
We've got some gigs lined up for August
and October already, and we seem to get
offers to do more on a weekly basis. The guys
are up in the studio writing new material
between everything, so the band is terribly
busy - and we love it!
What’s next for yourself (apart from sleep)?
Sleep time is over, at the moment I'm playing
with some special recordings I got of a few of my
guests from Poets Express. I'm adding music
and ambience to the back of each poem and
producing them separately, then plan on a
large montage poem using lines and words
from each performance mixed into something new!
Keep watching our pages on Facebook and
MySpace for links and updates! Next in line –
videos from Poets Express!!