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5 minutes with The Cheek Of Her

"It's very hard to keep a band together, especially in London"

How does it feel to have released your EP?

It feels great to finally have something physical to show as a result of a lot of hard work! It's very easy to lose or change your focus with bands and music, so often musicians end up getting lost and absorbed in marketing, gigging non-stop, solving band mates problems etc etc...(guilty on all counts!) Instead of writing and recording your project!

So it's with great relief, happiness and all the rest that I can finally say that The Cheek of Her's "Passionate S**t" is available on iTunes (and all other major digital music distributors!):

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/passionate-s-t-ep/id472133715

What did you think was the strongest element to your EP?


Doesn't the answer always have to be the songs?! I'm really happy with the songs as a clear reflection of where I am now musically and the type of material I like to write and sing about - Yes, this is often men (aka Guitar players) who have wound me up, but check out track 5 too, called 27 which is about Amy Winehouse and Club 27. Wouldn't want to ever be considered one dimensional now would we?! ;)

Passionate S**t clearly showcases what The Cheek of Her is about: big beats, solid bass, fresh juicy guitar chords, the odd bit of key bashing and a definite, strong no-nonsense female vocal.

How would you say the fans have received it?

I personally sent 50 packages of Passionate S**t to mostly friends all around the world, which Royal Mail kindly passed on, and so far the feedback has been positive! There has also been the odd comment on Facebook from fans getting in touch with the songs they like best. The most intriguing thing for me is that there is no one single song which everyone likes best, they all come back to me with different favourites and comparisons, which is great!

What were the best things, you thought, about recording it?

Highlights for me whilst recording it were mainly understanding what needs to be done part wise to make the song the best it can be. I really enjoy working with producers and have been lucky enough to have found some that completely get what I am about, and what I am looking to achieve from the tracks.

I get a lot of "Yeah, that sounds freaky", "Oh my God that vocal sounds like a demented child", "Let's make it more nuts" "piano madness" "the Adam's family bit"...for some reason the producers are getting a crazy lady vibe from me (I'm thinking it must just be me at this stage), but I'm cool to go with it as at least it's not boring!

Did you encounter any problems whilst recording/releasing the EP?

Yep. I got a couple of tracks recorded for free (which is always nice) in exchange for studio promo, but it took forever getting the mixes back which was a massive pain. So it all ended up being a gigantic last minute panic in the end! Saying that though, sometimes a bit of pressure is a good thing and kicks you in to action!

How did you find promoting it?

Passionate S**t was only released in October, so still really fresh out in the digital world! The main promotion the EP is receiving at the moment is on the radio (including FM and Internet stations) in the UK, USA and Canada which is really exciting! Whenever tracks receive radio play there is a sudden surge of activity on TCOH social networks and website, so it does pay off.

So how did you guys get together?

The Cheek of Her started off as an acoustic duo in April 2010, gigged weekly like that for a while testing out songs at open mics and gigs around London. We then got a band together in October 2010 and have gigged as a band ever since. The only thing that changes on a monthly, quarterly or annual frequency is the actual players in the band!! It's very hard to keep a band together, especially in London as musicians play in several projects at once and go with whatever one takes off first (and pays!!).

I'm happy with (most of) those who have come and gone, they have all added to the journey so far...but am focusing on recording for now and will put on some more showcase gigs in 2012 so watch this space!

Who are some of your main musical influences?

It's really hard to pinpoint exact influences, as sometimes you are influenced by music or bands subconsciously. I am not out to revive the 90s, but I loved the females out and about singing in bands during that decade: Alanis Morisette, No Doubt, Skunk Anansie. I really struggle to find any reference point to these gutsy females nowadays. I mean there are fabulous Vocalists and Artists out there like Adele, Beyonce, Jessie J, but aside from those I just feel saturated with Pop / RnB leotard wearing blandness. Give me more kick and punch vocal and passionate music purlease!

Here's a blog post from The Cheek of Her website about all of the comparisons I have had over the past 12 months. Makes for an interesting read!:

www.thecheekofher.com/blog/133-im-every-woman

If you could play with one of those bands, which would it be and why?

I don't think I would sing with any of them, I would feel like I was on the BBC's Tonight's the night or something! Lol.

What can we look forward to in the future?

No one ever really knows exactly how things are going to turn out, but I expect to have lots more music available, possibly an Album, at least another EP. More gigs...

I am working hard writing more material and recording, and have at least 20 songs to date! I also have a management contract kicking in next year, so hopefully there will continue to be lots more TCOH movement!

Where would you like to be in 5 years' time?

Alive, healthy and happy.

After that who knows?! If "happy" means being involved and successful in music that's great, if it means married with three kids (cringe) then I suppose that's great too. Funny how it hasn't occurred to me that you could potentially do both at the same time! The music I write is passionate and angsty, I think if I was too happy all the time it just wouldn't be the same...so no domestic bliss for me (for the time being) ?

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks for the support so far! Please continue to spread the word if you've heard the tunes and liked them, or have seen TCOH live at a gig!

Passionate S**t is available on iTunes to download: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/passionate-s-t-ep/id472133715

The Cheek of Her Website: www.thecheekofher.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecheekofher

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thecheekofher

You Tube: www.youtube.com/thecheekofher

Interview by Robyn Lees

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