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Howlin' Pop star

May 24, 2013


STOCKPORT'S Findlay has supported Jake Bugg and Miles Kane, been compared to the White Stripes and The Kills by the NME and has just released her Off & On EP.

How did music start for you? In my room as a teenager with an acoustic guitar trying to emulate what my then favourite artists were doing. I wasn't very social growing up so I could afford to lock myself away listening to music and not care.

Who were you listening to when you were growing up? Lots of blues and jazz then I got into bands when I was about 15 and wanted to be a front woman. My musical diet contained a lot of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Howling Wolf, Captain Beefheart, Bowie and the Beatles.

What was the first album or single you ever bought? Probably something really embarrassing like NOW 17. I'm going to lie and say something cool like The Strokes' first record.

Where and when was your first gig and how did it go? At an open mic night in Manchester at a place called the Castle Hotel. I played about three songs badly and there was a dog at the back eating biscuits on the floor.

How would you describe your music? Howlin' Pop. Lots of blues elements combined with a big drum sound and pop melodies. I've been experimenting with dance loops.

Who or what have been your biggest musical inspirations? My first time at a festival was Leeds when I was 16 and that changed my outlook on life. I knew I had to be playing shows and making music for my life to make any sense. At the moment I can't stop listening to Thee Oh Sees, Deerhunter, The Growlers, UMO and Foxygen.

What can we expect at your Dot to Dot show? To sweat. A lot.

What experiences have you had of Nottingham in the past? I really like Spanky Van Dyke's. We did a show there last year a few weeks after we'd supported Jake Bugg in the city. People seemed to really warm to us. I love towns with a good music scene and Nottingham is buzzing. Findlay plays the Red Room at 11pm.

Simon Wilson

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