"We are definitely headed in a positive direction we just need to keep going." - Fathom Ross
Hello and welcome to our newest interview with the amazing Fathom Ross! We chatted all things The DiffiCult No. 2 album, women in music and how she started her career in music!
Let's get into it! ....
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me! The new album is fantastic! Could you tell me a bit about the inspiration behind the album and what the recording process was like?
Hey Jordan! Thanks so much for chatting with me. Glad you're enjoying the new album The DiffiCult No. 2. Its an album we are all very proud of. I love the fact it's all out there now and people are getting to hear it. It feels like it's been ages in the making. Well, actually it was lol. What with the pandemic and all it feels like even longer. It was so much fun making it. From ideas getting chucked about in rehearsal studios to becoming proper tunes to recording them for the album in Gal's studio. I think my favourite to hear in the making is 'We Are The Dinosaur (And We Are The Meteor)'. From the wee riff Greg AKA Vanilla Johnson came up with on the trombone to Moags' (drummer and my husband) idea of the dubstep bit and then everything else along with it. I've got to listen to it up full blast in the car when I'm driving!
How did you first get involved in music? Was this always a dream of all of yours?
I'm pretty sure just about all of the band have all been involved with music growing up. Macky (AKA The Colonel) and Craig (AKA Moags) and Roddy (AKA Bongo Gorilla - percussion) were in bands before; Sonus and The Ping Pong Banana Show. Our fabulous brass section Greg/Vanilla Johnson (trombone), Nicola/Bobby Snoobins (saxophone) and Kirstin/Badges (trumpet) all played in Samba Ya Bamba too along with Roddy. Colin (keyboards) has worked everywhere and played everything lol. Me personally I have always wanted to sing. Right from when i was wee I was asked what I wanted to be when I grow up and it was always a singer. I used to put singing and dancing shows on for family and pretty much anyone I could 'Capturado'.
I was wondering how you think that the local music scene has changed over the years you have been active in regards to the treatment and representation of women in the local community? Do you think we are heading in a positive direction?
I think the music industry has definitely changed and evolved for the better over the years. Although there is still a bit of a gap between the amount of male artists and female artists I feel that lockdown has given more female artists an opportunity to thrive and gain more recognition. We are definitely headed in a positive direction we just need to keep going.
Is there a way that you think that as a society and a community that we can work towards creating a more equal and diverse environment within the Scottish music industries?
I think social media has played a big part in bringing in more equal and diverse music within the Scottish music industry. There are so many talented Scottish artists out there and thankfully we are getting to hear them because of these platforms.
What is your favourite track off the album?
My favourite track in the album? I think that's the hardest question I've been asked!
Like I said before 'We Are The Dinosaur (And We Are The Meteor)' is my favourite track to play blaring in the car. 'Gonna Be Myself (Cos That's Who I Am)' is my favourite one to play live because of The 6th Dijons call and response backing parts. I do love it when there is a crowd singing "ohh" and "ahh". Although I feel that might change when the gigs start back and we start playing 'Ted Dancing' live. The few times we have played it in front of a live audience they have went mental! Giving it big licks on the dance floor. And then there is 'Funkier than Funk'. Another one of my favourites. Oh my! I really can't decide!
Is there a moment within your career that you would say was your most rewarding experience or something that you are significantly proud of out of all your achievements?
There have been many many times when I've been singing with Colonel Mustard &The Dijon 5 where I've had complete moments of "Holy Shmoly! This is actually happening!"
One of them would be standing on stage at the North/South DeMilitarised Zone border of Korea playing at the inaugural Peace Train Music Festival in 2018. That was a definite "WOW! We are actually here!" moment. Another one that's also mental is we played Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 2019 and we had 15,000 people come and see us and we had them ALL crossing the road! Videos on YouTube if you wanna see it. What can I say? It's an utter pleasure getting up on stage, anywhere, with all my yellow brothers and sisters and doing what we do and sharing it with everyone and watching everyone have an absolute ball and get totally involved and smile and laugh. We are all there, Dijon 5 AND 6th Dijons, to have a blast and make sure the people you're there with or standing or dancing beside are all having a blast too.
Lastly, I was wondering what female or non-binary Scottish artists are you most excited about right now?
There are loads of amazing female acts out there and we are lucky to play with so many of them on festival line ups. We've always been BIG fans of The Twistettes and Jo D'Arc's new music project, Minerva Wakes, is phenomenonal! David AKA The Dijancer from the band is working with some amazing female musicians on his 23 Music Management roster defo worth checking out; Becci Wallace, Mayah Herlihy, SILVI, Sasha Kaloheris, Veronika Elektronika in Stanley Odd.
There you have it! Thank you so much to Fathom for taking the time to chat with me! Make sure to check out The DiffiCult No. 2 album! <3
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