Music Q&A:
Joana Serrat

For her fourth album the singer travelled from her home in Vic, Barcelona to the Texas hill country outside Austin. Now she’s heading to the UK, playing Manchester’s Night People, 6 April

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What informs your music and songwriting?
I basically talk about what surrounds me: life, people, experiences.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I am proud of the road I’ve been walking on and the career I am building. I think I am always offering my personal vision and approach to folk and country and this is something I value.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I am writing new songs and figuring out where to go from now on. I am still pretty attached to the album Dripping Springs. Once I had made a record I could feel empty and ready to start over to work with another record but it’s taking me more time with this one. I have several ideas about who to work with but I am still thinking how my new album should sound like.

What’s on your rider?
I’d say the current stuff – you know, beer, some food to grab. Nothing particularly exciting.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
On stage? Well, I once had to leave the stage to puke. It was my last show opening for the Handsome Family European tour in Paris. I love this venue, Le Divan Du Monde. I started to feel sick before dinner and when it got time to go on stage I was feeling even worse. I was struggling in every song. I got only two songs left to end my set but I had to leave. After five minutes in the dressing room I came back on stage to sing my last song. Everybody went crazy and I appreciated that support. It was epic – also embarrassing at first.

What song do you wish you’d written?
There’s a lot of songs I wish I’d written. Blaze Foley’s Clay Pigeons is certainly one of them.

What’s your worst lyric?
As long as someone feels attached to some lyrics these are not absolutely bad, are they?

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