As part of The Pixies 25th Birthday celebrations, Jack Daniels invited some artists down to The Premises Studios in Hackney to record some Pixies covers as part of their 'JD Sets'. We watched Emmy the Great's performance for the video/CD. The band performed '€˜Velouria'™ as well as her well known cover of 'Where is my Mind?'™ Here'€™s what happened when I caught up with Emmy for a quick interview afterwards.
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How did you get involved in this JD set? Did you get invited to do it because of your '€˜Where is my Mind?'€™ cover? Yeah, itâ€'s because of that. Someone from JD had heard my cover and invited me down. Are you a big fan of The Pixies? Yeah, Iâ€'m a big fan. Do they influence your music do you think? I don’t think so but you know, Frank Black is the sort of person that would inspire you to write the interesting kind of music that I guess you could say can be found on 'First Love'. Are you excited to be involved in a project like this? Yes, it's really exciting. I love playing these songs and I just love singing iconic songs.
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How's the second album coming along? It'€™s finished! Do you have a release date in mind yet? No, not yet. I really don'€™t know yet. Do you feel that the new album is different to the first album? The theme has moved on lyrically but musically it's still in a very similar style to the first album. I think it's different because we have a lot more creative control over what we do now so it’s a big step forward. Will you be playing any gigs in London to showcase this new material? Yeah, they'€™ll be loads of London gigs, hopefully sometime soon with an album tour to follow. Once we have a release date, we'€™ll know what we're doing. What’s your favourite album release of the year so far? PJ Harvey - Let England Shake. Any releases that you're particularly looking forward to? Noah and the Whale, Last Night on Earth, in a couple of week'€™s time. Would you do this project again if another came up? Yeah, I'€™d consider any project like this because I just love singing songs that I like.