By way of introduction, (for those of you who don’t know Delta Maid)…her style has been described as ‘A singer songwriter packing a hip flask full of Bessie Smith, Patsy Cline and soul-studded country blues.’
Delta hails from Wavertree here in Liverpool. Whether you have heard of her yet or not one thing’s for certain; she is from a long line of Liverpudlian musicians whose songwriting has taken them across the globe. Along the way she has supported Ray Lamontagne, Bryan Ferry, Martha Wainwright, The Coral, Ron Sexsmith and collaborated with Ed Harcourt on ‘Make Up Your Mind’
After her first album ‘Outside Looking In’ (2011) instead of launching straight into her second she thought she would try writing for other artists. So she headed off to Nashville… The result? Her song ‘Tornado’ was picked up by a group called Little Big Town and went on to become a number one hit in the American Country Charts. Not bad ey….
Not one to rest on her laurels Delta is recording her second album and is back in the UK to play some shows.
Delta kindly answered the following questions for us…
TLE: What are you listening to at the moment?
DM: Currently listening to Chris Stapleton’s new record “What Are You Listening To” – have it on repeat….
TLE: How do you describe your sound?
DM: I always think it is difficult to define your own sound because it is constantly evolving so I’m reluctant to put it in a box. Mainly though it is influenced by the gospel, roots, soul and folk genres. At the moment it falls in the acoustic category as I’ve always emanated to a more stripped back sound but I am freely experimenting at the moment!
TLE: How has your music evolved since you started playing and as a writer…
DM: I think in the beginning (over 10 years ago), being new to writing, I had a more naive approach to it. Sometimes it seemed to flow more natural then just because I didn’t have any outside influences to affect me. Nowadays, since I have written for other people, I have to be in the right head space to write for me as an artist. I have to personally try to avoid writing with too much structure in order to avoid the sterility that it can induce. It’s hard to not get caught up on whether there’s enough hooks or if it is only 3 minutes in length! I just want to write an inspired song with depth and meaning. I would say though positively on the whole my writing has become more polished and dynamic since working with other great writers and being exposed to so many different styles of music.
TLE: What are your rehearsals generally like?
DM: I have a little basement I go into at home with some crazy ambient lighting and pretend I’m in a bar. I go through my set a couple of times a day before a gig and try not to overdo it so that I’m not going through the motions too much.
TLE: What’s the one rule that must remain unbroken?
DM: Never take yourself seriously. Nothing more unappealing than an musician/artist who thinks people owe them something and they’re god’s gift…
This Saturday 16th November sees her playing the Songbook Sessions @ The Zanzibar here in Liverpool.
Check out the links below to delve a little deeper…
Until Such Time – The ‘Eye