Getting To Know Imogen Clark
Rising alt-country troubadour Imogen Clark recently dropped ‘Take Me For A Ride’ the first single/video from her eagerly-anticipated debut album. We asked her to tell us a little about herself:
I am a singer/songwriter, tea drinker, dog lover, Joni Mitchell fan, flower crown enthusiast.
‘‘Take Me for a Ride’’ is an invitation to someone into my life, despite the warning signs that indicate trouble. I wrote it in Nashville and the song is a play on the phrase ‘Take Me For A Ride’, which can have positive and carefree connotations in its literal meaning, but also can mean to fool someone. It’s like saying “I know this is probably going to end badly, but what the hell? Let’s give it a shot anyway”.
My upcoming album will be a record for the hopeless romantics; people who love to love regardless of the consequences. I’ve always been fascinated by love, but I didn’t want to write one massive “you broke my heart” record. I wanted to explore the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think this record sums me up as a person in that I like to live my life being passionate and following my heart, even if there’s risk involved.
I spend too much time singing harmonies in the car. More time than I spend concentrating on the GPS directions.
Home is on the road. I do love my home in Bowen Mountain and I feel comfortable there, but I feel the most alive when I’m moving around, seeing new places, meeting new people and playing my music for different crowds. I have a lot of wanderlust so fulfilling that makes me feel at home.
I’m currently listening to Neil Finn and Paul Kelly’s ‘Goin’ Your Way’ live CD. God, it’s good.
It might surprise people to learn that my all-time favourite band is Led Zeppelin. I was brought up on their music as my Dad is the hugest fan and I used to watch him play in a Led Zep cover band. Because my music has country, folk and roots tinges, people often don’t expect me to be a fan of rock, but the alt country scene is where I fit, and this genre definitely lends itself to the blend of all kinds of music, rock included. My first ever concert was The Rolling Stones!
This year, I’m going to try and be less of a worried human being, which is hilarious because people usually imagine musicians to be super chilled out. For me, this year is going to be about still working very hard, but also enjoying the ride a lot more and thinking a little less. Oh, and I’m going to actually learn how to play banjo (properly).
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Interview by Bobby Townsend.