Interview – Amy Macdonald

Amy Macdonald is a fantastic British artist that I’ve been following since her inception. She’s recently announced a new EP containing reworked versions of several fan favourites, titled Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over. In preparation of the EP’s release, I decided to have a chat to find out a little more!

By Jane Howkins

You’ve just announced a new EP titled Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over – what can you tell us about the EP?

After a while of playing songs on tour, they tend to evolve and change naturally, or you decide to change them up entirely to give them a new lease of life. The latter applies to these songs. Myself and my musical director Thom wanted to bring some of the older songs (Run is 16 years old now!) up to date, and everyone seemed to love the new versions so much that we decided to record them and share them with the world!

The EP contains reimagined fan favourite songs – how did this idea come about?

It actually came from my record label after seeing the songs on my tour in October last year.

Have you decided to release any singles from the EP?

Yeah, Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over is out now, the EP drops on July 8th.

Your last album, The Human Demands, was released in 2020. Have you started writing any new material and do you plan to release a new album anytime soon?

I have started writing a few tunes, but to be honest, I’ll get stuck into that once all the live stuff I’ve got planned this year is out of the way and I can approach it with a clear head.

How has the writing and recording process changed for you over the years?

I used to write everything myself, however these days I tend to collaborate with musicians who can contribute new and exciting musical ideas. I still write the lyrics and vocal melodies to everything myself though.

Did the pandemic affect your work much?

It was crazy! We had to stop recording The Human Demands halfway through, then once we were finally able to finish it, we had to dodge lockdowns and restrictions around the UK and Europe trying to promote it! Also, our tour dates got rescheduled and rescheduled, so in the end we had to cancel the dates in Germany and Austria as the restrictions were seemingly never ending. 

You have a run of festivals coming up this summer. Are you excited? Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to playing?

Definitely looking forward to festival season! I love playing all over the world and there are some cool festivals in England this year, but I’m particularly looking forward to my show in Inverness on August 12th, that one’s going to be special. 

You were named as Woman Of The Year in 2021 at the Scottish Music Awards. How did that feel?

Great, I think?! It’s always nice to be recognised for your music, so I guess it’s nice to be recognised for being a woman too?!!

Are there any plans for a non festival tour in the near future?

After the summer is out of the way, I’ve got a tour in Europe called Night Of The Proms, where I’ll be playing with a load of other great artists and a huge orchestra. 

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you always for the support, I hope I get to see you on the road this summer!