2021 has definitely seen an influx of new music from local musicians, and has given us all chance to discover new talent coming through the ranks. Today, Antix Music Network shine a light on a group of 10 local musicians who have come together to produce an excellent showcase of talent.
Flic Keirle, a renowned singer from Yeovil, has put together a video featuring 5 other singers, and an entire band with musicians from across the South West, all recorded individually in their homes during the third national lockdown.
We spoke to Flic Keirle about her latest cover.
Frazer Mitchell; Hey Flic, hope you’ve been keeping well over the last 12 months. Tell us a bit about what you’ve been up to recently.
Flic Keirle; Hey! Well, this last lockdown has really been the hardest one for me. I think we’ve all been feeling the strain and just so desperate to get some ‘normality’ back. The one benefit of being furloughed really has been the time I’ve had to spend working on musical projects. I’ve worked hard on some original music that I’m hoping to release later this year. But mostly we’ve had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented local singers and musicians to put together a series is lockdown covers which I’m so grateful for.
FM; The song and video I want to talk about is a cover of Fooled Around and Fell In Love. Why did you pick that song, and who was involved?
Flic; The song is originally by Elvin Bishop, some people may recognise it from ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ but recently it was covered by one of my country idols - Miranda Lambert. She put together a group of six female country artists to sing it whilst on tour and I just loved the song and the idea of a huge collaboration! I contacted some of my band mates and best friends, then reached out to a couple of people I’d worked with remotely over the first lockdown like Bella and Meg. This was actually the first time I’ve ‘met’ (via messenger) Noah so it was great to have someone new to me on the scene too!
FM; Over lockdown I’ve definitely found it’s more difficult to work remotely with other musicians when you’re not physically in the same room, whereas you guys have all smashed it, from production to video, and general musicianship. How did you guys get around the problem of not being in the same room?
Flic; We generally set up group chats, we have one with the six girls in the video and it actually turned into a place we’d all talk generally and seeing the girls build each other up when some haven’t even met was incredible! I would say though the credit for the quality and production of the music is down to Larry Turner and Bill Osborn. They worked really hard to put together, mix and edit the track.
FM; I think the best thing about this video is the musicians you’ve involved in the track. In normal circumstances, I doubt you’d have had the chance to perform with the likes of Noah on the drums, or Bella on vocals, because what you 3 for example do is quite different under normal circumstances. Would you say lockdown has allowed you to work with more talented friends than perhaps you would have done in normal circumstances?
Flic; Yes absolutely! I’m a huge fan of Bella, and Megan Smith and have seen their gigs/listened to their music. But during ‘normal’ busy life we never got around to working together and I think that’s one huge positive to come out of these lockdowns for sure. Noah is the only person in this project I’ve never physically met and I’m super excited to actually have something we’re working on with him to announce later this year, really excited for that! Watch this space 😉
FM; With the amount of extra time, and many acts turning to social media, has there been anyone in the local scene who you think we should be keeping an eye on?
Flic; I think one of my favourite local artists has to be Jorden Lindsay. I’m always blown away by his talent and over the last couple of years he’s just grown and grown in popularity. He’s also an all round fantastic person, I had the pleasure of doing a remote cover with him way back in the first lockdown - our first one actually! He’s just a great guy. Bella is also one to watch, I’m obsessed with her vocal style, her original music is just beautiful!
FM; What’s the future for you after lockdown? Will you, like me, taking every gig opportunity to make up for lost time, or will you be taking a step back and releasing more music and involving musicians? Or a mixture of both?
Flic; I’m with you! I cannot WAIT to get back on stage. A few things will be massively changing for me later this year - anyone who knows me knows I come attached at the hip to Miss Grace Fahy, we’ve done every band, project and song together for a few years now, but she’s off to uni this year and for me that means a lot of change in terms of bands and original music. I can’t wait to hopefully have the end of summer gigs with her! I’m also hoping to release a solo EP but I definitely wanted to have some time after lockdown in the studio to really get stuck into that, so time will tell!
FM; It’s fair to say that the mental health of musicians has taken a bit of a kicking in the last year; everyone seems to be saying they’ve been unmotivated and “stuck in a rut”. Is there anything you would like to say that might help musicians get out of the “rut” they find themselves in?
Flic; I think we’ve all felt like this in different ways. I had a blip last year with my writing where I just felt like I had nothing to say. I would say, let that negativity wash over you like a wave and just make/listen to/sing/play music, whatever kind of music, as often and loud as you can! Doing what you love in any capacity is never a bad thing, even if that’s dancing around the kitchen to some old school 90s R&B jams! We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be productive, announcing things, working and creating constantly. Sometimes its okay to just relax and enjoy music ‘back to basics’
FM; Thank you for chatting with us today, keep up the good work and the collab videos!
Flic; Thank you so much! It’s been awesome and I hope we’ll see each other at some gigs later this year! ❤️
Check out Flic Keirle on Facebook and check the video out below.
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network