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When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

  • I have performed from a very early age in all aspects of stage, so acting, dance, singing, theatre and modelling. I think I was about 8 or 9 when I was at a friends house with my mum and she used to manage a girl band and I remember joining in for fun and it was that day I found my voice. Tracy said to both me and mum that day, singing is something I should pursue and from then on, I had lessons and things started to flourish from there.

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

  • When I was younger, I used to love listening to Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Evanescence, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Nickelback, Destiny’s Child; the list is endless and very varied! These days I tend to get my inspiration from the Discover Weekly playlists on Spotify and following BBC Introducing Feedback Friday on Twitter as I find it insightful and empowering listening to new music across all genres.

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

  • At University, I studied Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management

  • ‘Redd’ actually derives from my maiden name and was something I did in primary school when we worked on the basics of anagrams. ‘ALDRED’ take the middle ‘D’ and put it to the end, ‘AL REDD’. I took the AL as my initials - Amy Louise; and was left with REDD. What’s even more funny is, Red is not my favourite colour – blue is. 

  • I learned to snowboard in New Zealand, and this is now a hobby of mine.

What song of yours best describes you and why?

  • One I am working on at the moment with a working title ‘Rogue’. The lyrics tap into an emotional state of mind I was in during my college years. I was bullied and told I was nothing and would never amount and whilst I was able to move on from it all back then, when I heard the production, it all rushed back and it felt right to finally word vomit on the pages and put it into a track. No official release date yet but has to be my best work to date.

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

  • The Pride’s are by far the best gigs I have done to date. Maspalomas Winter Pride was probably number 1. The crowds were huge, the vibe was so friendly, and the atmosphere of the entire weekend was insane.

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

  • Tomorrowland ! its on my bucket list to just go, but to perform there would just be epic! 

What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

  • Musically it would have to be reaching the Top Spot in the Japan Charts back in 2012. Right now, I am working with so many talented individuals on new projects which is really exciting and a huge achievement after taking a break from it all for 3 years. I am also working on something really special for the near future outside of music that is shaping up nicely and will be ready to drop around Autumn. In the future, I hope to be on the Festival Line ups and sharing my love of music with the rest of the world LIVE!

Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

  • What happens backstage, stays backstage – I am pretty sure that’s the unwritten rule. What I will say is, I regularly have a powernap after a gig and before shenanigans start or its curtains for the night for me. 

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

  • Being an independent artist is new to me, but I do love the freedom of it. There are less contractual constraints than being with a label. I have so much admiration for all independent artists making a go of things, and successfully. Thankfully, the industry has evolved in a way that the tools needed to pursue a love of music are readily available online in some way or another, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tough; The biggest most important detail to it all is persistency and hard work.

If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

  • Well I know I have a degree and have worked as a QS during my music break, but I like to think I would be teaching Dance or providing performing arts workshops for young kids and teens. I used to attend classes when I was younger and with the experiences I have had over the last god knows how many years, I reckon I could pass it on to those looking to pursue a career in the industry.

What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

  • Well funnily enough, I had not really heard of this band before and was invited as a bit of a chaperone; it was at the MEN Manchester and it was absolutely incredible. Everything about it, from the music to the pyrotechnics, to the performances….just amazing. It was 5SOS !! #NewFan

What would your ideal festival line-up be and why?

  • That is a tough question! I guess for me it would be like Tomorrowland on Steroids – Krewella, Skrillex, Rednek, R3hab, Morgan Page, Imagine Dragons, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Rain Man, I could go on for ages! Either way it would be absolute carnage in all the right ways! I am a HUGE fan of all these artists.

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

  • No one can argue with the truth. The moment you give the truth it cannot be questioned or argued and how others choose to deal with it, is their problem not yours.

Great piece of advice given I detest lying.

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

  • Okay so loud eaters and cutlery clinkers drive me mad. Oh, and nail biting. I can’t tell you exactly why, but it just does. 

On the flipside, food makes me incredibly happy; usually coupled with a real good binge worthy series and a glass of Vodka Redbull.

 

What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

  • I train in Pole Fitness and Boxing, both which I love, and both surprisingly really complement one another. I also like to travel to different countries every year for a road trip or holiday and as an excuse to see a little bit more of the world.

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

  • I would say it is very hit and miss. I use some social platforms more than others but then can sometimes have to switch it up to try and maintain engagement. I suppose with everything there is always positive and negative; positives being the opportunity to discover new unheard artists and bands as well as the ability to easily promote and be discovered. Negatives being how inundated it can be which in turn affords lots of missed opportunities to be discovered, so I would say it’s very much a double-edged sword.

How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

  • I remember when I started becoming more professional and doing paid gigs etc. The look was EVERYTHING. I don’t think it’s the same these days, and artists are allowing themselves to be themselves, which is really important, especially from an aspiring perspective. We have markets so focused on appearances elsewhere so for the music industry to finally show signs of not conforming is pretty cool and a huge step in the right direction.

Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?

  • Okay, so I have little stories inked all over me and without physically counting, I would guess at around 22. They are not huge and 2 are in fact cover ups (teenage error!) but every single one has meaning; and still plenty room for more!

If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

  • If only for a day, then I would ban snickers bars – they are revolting.

What would your ideal day consist of?

  • I’m quite an early bird so that wouldn’t change, but an ideal day for me would to be able to chill in my studio with Pizza on tap, listening to music and writing songs, without any distractions and WITHOUT having to adult. Another ideal day for me would be to get up, get dressed, headphones charged to the max and head out of the door on foot, all day. Maybe stop for a coffee somewhere or a 2-scoop ice cream, head to the local farm and feed the horses: something like that.

What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations? Can you tell us how this has affected you personally, how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?

  • Well I am sure everyone would agree that the whole situation was utter madness. I mean, never in a million years did I imagine I would be in an era of lockdown. I moved into my new home at the end of January and with it being a new build (and as expected) there were some snags that needed dealing with, but then lockdown happened so it has definitely taken its toll a little in that respect. I also have a really close relationship with my parents and not seeing them for 3 months was tough, but worth it for their safety and mine. Gigs were cancelled too which was a real bummer but, in all fairness, my partner and I have been healthy all through lockdown so I can’t really complain. 

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

  • Thank you for your continued support and remember 2020 isn’t over, till it’s over 

How would you answer the question ‘’Who is Redd and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?’’?

  • Redd is uber confident and loves to be on stage performing to 100’s/1000’s of people and fans, loves to be around fans before and after shows, loves being in the studio writing and recording and is always up to the challenge. Away from music, I am actually quite chilled and like to keep things lowkey with the odd night out with friends. I do a lot of writing in my home studio, but I rarely do any recording at home if people are in.

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

  • I think the first album I bought was Avril Lavigne – Let Go because it has Sk8er Boy on there and that was a song I used to have on repeat.

What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

  • Go for it but have your wits about you, have patience and have persistence. It is probably the hardest industry to be in so if you want to do it, the age old saying of ‘Go Hard or Go Home’ definitely applies.

If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

  • I have a list in my studio. On it is Krewella, Imagine Dragons, Jerad Leto, One Republic and Adam Levine. They all create such powerful music that I have often related too in so many ways.

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

  • ‘Everything Burns’ – Anastacia & Ben Moody (2005). Probably one of the first songs I heard that made me feel every single word.

What things make you uncomfortable?

  • Spiders – and I would say terrified as opposed to uncomfortable.

If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

  • This is a very good question and something I have researched into doing sometime in the future. All I can say is, it will likely have people laughing, crying and cringing.

What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

  • Well for now I have quite a few interesting collaboration projects I am working on which will definitely see me through the next couple of months. The aim now though whilst continuing writing and recording is to keep in front of COVID19 and the gig scene and maybe jump back on some live streaming.