Verity White is an award-winning singer (Best Female Indie Artist Spiderweb Radio Awards, Best Alt-Rock Single (Too Much) Akademia Awards). Verity started singing when she was very small, and nobody’s been able to shut her up since… she writes her own songs, as well as performing a fantastic selection of motown, blues and soul classics.
How would you describe your music?
Like the lovechild of a Stevie Nicks and Joan Jett got drunk and formed a rock band; it’s loud, fun, and has a lot of soul and emotion. It’s always hard to describe your own sound though, you’ll will have to tell me what you guys think!
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Well the band is basically me, and I work with my producer hubby who is a total genius, we then get session musicians in for our live shows. I actually started writing music when I was about 12 years old but then kinda gave up on my dream as I was too scared! About a year ago after being drafted into the Prog-rock band Pendragon to stand in for one of their backing vocalists, and having a really, stupidly great time, I decided that the time was now right to finally start releasing my own stuff.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Too many to mention, I grew up listening to classic rock, soul and Motown music and I think some of that transpires. My number one band, though, are Nine Inch Nails, so diverse send such amazingly intricate music – but I also listen to folk, electronica and even cheesy as pop sometimes!
What inspires you?
Life. I’ve had a lot of weird experiences, good and bad, and I like to bring them to life in my music, I think truth like that inspires others and can really connect with the fans.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I write in my home usually, I don’t go to the studio until an idea is already there, so we can make sure that the studio time is really focused. Though to be fair I’m not great at paying attention…
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Definitely I Don’t Care – it really rocks and is so much fun! I’m excited for the tour in January where I get to unveil live versions of the new album tracks (it’s out at the end of October!) there are some killer tunes on that!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I’d love to go everywhere, I love traveling and exploring new places anyway and to couple it with music is just perfect! Meet as many fans as I can and just spread the love, you know?
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s kinda messed up, totally been turned on it’s head through the rise of streaming etc. so music doesn’t hold the same monetary value as it used to as people just expect it for free now. I mean yes, fans will buy your cd and stuff at gigs but in general you need to be on Spotify and Apple Music, and you get so little remuneration for that. Bands are having to look to other ways for earning income to support their musical pursuits, platforms like Kickstarter and Patreon are essential as is good merch and looking into ways of licensing you music for tv etc, it’s a balancing act between all of them. Not that it was ever easy, but it’s just different now.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
You know Tour is weird, it’s like this bubble where things become hilarious and outside of that arena they probably wouldn’t be you know? Like last year with Pendragon we kept buying Nick fake plastic squeaking pigs, one even made it into the live DVD we did. I’m pretty sure no one else found it funny…
What are your future plans?
Well, I’ve already mentioned the album which is out in a few weeks, it’s called Breaking Out and it’s shaping up to be bloody awesome! I then have support slots on the Pendragon European tour, a few random gigs after that and my own tour in January… after that, we shall see!