Interview – Dionne Sturdy-Clow

Dionne Sturdy-Clow is a talented rock singer from the Doncaster area, not too far away from York! She recently released a fantastic track titled I Could Be Somebody – check the song out if you like what you read below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled I Could Be Somebody, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

It’s the antidote to a song of mine called It’s Your Life – I wrote that one for a friend who was in a dark place, thinking suicidal thoughts… I Could Be Somebody is an ode to optimism – a life affirming shout at adulthood. It’s a song to remind people you might be someplace but you don’t have to stay there.

It’s about casting light into dark places and aiming to have some love and fun with life.
You can stream it on most any service, and buy it from iTunes if you like…

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

I think it has; it’s been a sad grief filled time for so many people. As a family we watched my sister go through colon cancer operations and chemo on her own because we obviously couldn’t go into hospital, and then to nurse her and always be vigilant wore people away. I mean, the whole world, not just my little slice of it…

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Well for this song we were swapping parts between Doncaster Berlin and Nashville, which doesn’t sound like a combination you hear very often. Donny produces some great stuff, the process was long (very long!), and the song went through a few developmental changes to essentially arrive where I began – a simple song.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes I have plenty of songs on the way – we are currently arguing about which one is the next release.

You’re based in Doncaster, which isn’t far from us! What is the local music scene like there at the moment?

The Doncaster/South Yorkshire music scene is really fucking brilliant….there are so many talented bands and artists out there. I played with Brad Mack, Harriet Rose ,The White Lighters and Lee Bailey and I supported Bang Bang Romeo recently. The Reytons are on the verge of greatness, but there really are oh so many truly fantastic artists here – try the Mouth of the South playlist – it’s a good snapshot of the current Doncaster South Yorkshire scene and there’s lots more to go on it, it’s a winner. https://op…e972b846d9

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I love so much! Black Honey – awesome and sexy – Ezra Furman, Frank Turner, Paramore, The Academic, Declan McKenna, Briston Maroney and Maisie Peters – all brilliant! I always end up back at the sweet spot of masters like Johnny Cash.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?
Nope. I’ve been playing a few support slots, just me and my guitar. I dunno what’s next, I’d like to get a band going.

Any last words for the fans?

I’m a shiny tattooed hippy with a heart of gold and I craft songs that tell stories of literal dirt, love, sex and tenderness. Come and listen…