Our Interview with Skye Edwards

“I was so shy I signed up to singing classes just to meet people!”, Skye Edwards

Skye joined Morcheeba almost by accident, yet the three-piece’s groove-heavy mix of trip-hop, dub, rock, jazz and pop enjoyed huge success in the 1990s. Skye left the band in 2003, but returned to the band in 2010. She has also released three solo albums, most recently, the all kinds of wonderful, Back To Now.

Hello Syke, tell us, what music was playing in the house when you were growing up?
My mum played a lot of vinyl, mainly country music. We heard a lot of Glenn Campbell and Slim Whitman and that song, Lay A Blanket on the Ground. My dad liked Roy Orbison and classic country and western too.

What was the first record you fell in love with?
Sade’s Stronger Than Pride. I bought that on cassette and played it over and over and over again. I first heard her on the radio and her voice just got me immediately. I’d put it on, put my headphones on and just soak it all up.

Who made you want to make music?
(Morcheeba multi-instrumentalist) Ross Godfrey! I never thought I could do anything like that really. I had sung some backing vocals in a funk band, but I was a real loner, in fact I’d signed up to a singing class just to meet people! I met (Morcheeba DJ) Paul and Ross at a party and they convinced me to start singing with them. And I took a lot of convincing! The first song we ever did together was Trigger Hippie, our first single. The booker from Jools Holland’s show was at our second gig. It all happened very fast.

What five records couldn’t you exist without?
John Martyn’s Solid Air, Shirley Bassey’s The Singles, Bob Marley’s Exodus, Sade’s Stronger Than Pride and Blue Nile’s Hats. All five of them are vocally and lyrically really strong and, apart from the Bassey, they all deal with the idea of an album as a whole piece.

Does the perfect song exist?
There are a few of them. I think Summertime is one – you can actually visualise that day as it plays.

Finally, what’s your favourite noise?
Oh, that’s easy. My kid’s laughter!

#MusicMonday playlist brought to you by @MonaFims

Our friend @MonaFims has this #MusicMonday’s recommendations.

We start a new week with a band from Cleveland, Ohio called “The Lighthouse and the Whaler”. The first song in our playlist this week is the catchy title track from their second full-length album, “This is an Adventure”

Next band in our playlist is a favorite indie electronic duo from Philadelphia. I love “Sun Airway” and their upbeat mash of dreamy electronic sound. The song “Oh, Naoko” is from their debut album called “Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier” released back in 2010.

We continue with a song called “Crawl” by the Rochester-based indie rock band “Bear Lake”. Crawl was the first track on their self-released album “Pierre On The Loose” released back in June.

“New Navy” is a band from a small beach side town south of Sydney. The last song in our playlist this week is song from their debut EP “Ulluwatu” released late 2011. Enjoy the tropical vibe from their song “Zimbabwe”.

If you have song suggestions for next week’s playlist, be sure to drop them in Mona’s Spotify Inbox.

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