If you have missed the previous editions of this feature, then you can catch up at the links below and then come back to find out what has happened since.
What have you been up to since we last spoke?
“It’s been a good month. Kansas City was amazing. Folk Alliance was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s a massive music conference, where everything happens in one hotel. The official showcases are in the bigger conference rooms, but there were three hotel room floors where private showcases take place. They happen in normal hotel rooms (just with the beds removed in most cases)… It was the worst for FOMO because there was just stuff going on all the time, 6pm until 4 in the morning. I really enjoyed being there. My showcase went well, as did the meetings. I felt that everyone there was really serious about doing business and helping one another out, which was great! There should be some exciting things to come from it.
After the conference, I went straight on to a tour of Germany. One of the sold out shows was at a whisky bar which I have played once before. It’s a wonderful place if you love music and whisky. They have so many different types that it’s almost like the whiskey version of Ollivanders (Yes, a Harry Potter reference, #sorrynotsorry) After the shows in Germany, I had the opportunity to support Thea Gilmore on her UK tour. That was really special; the venues were really beautiful theatres and were a bit larger than the venues I usually play at the moment. It was wonderful to have really attentive crowds too – It was a total luxury to be the support act!”
What worked/went better than expected?
I really did enjoy all of it and am glad it all went well. The whole experience of Folk Alliance was really amazing. You never know what to expect and I wasn’t sure if I’d leave feeling happy or thinking ‘that was a lot of energy for not very much’; but I got so much out of it and I’m really glad I did it. I’m not sure what caused it, but I’m feeling a lot more confident when I perform now; I’m just feeling a lot more relaxed about it. Plus I got to see so much live music too. It was just a really great atmosphere.
Going on tour opening for Thea Gilmore was a real highlight too.
Was there anything that didn’t go to plan? Why did it happen?
“Well… The flight back from Kansas City was delayed! I was stuck at Atlanta airport for about five hours, but that so doesn’t count as a complaint. They had free WiFi too so I was actually quite happy hanging out there.
Looking back at performances in Kansas I would have liked to have been a bit more chilled out, especially for the first couple of shows. I don’t do well being nervous. I know some people get that burst of adrenaline from it, but I don’t. I learnt to be more chilled out though!
Promoting the upcoming tour is a lot of hard work.. I’m really pleased that the London show is sold out and just plugging away at the others. I’ve never been to Sheffield so that is the one that I’m most nervous about and hope people will take a small risk and come out to see me! Promoting a tour and organising all the logistics is a challenge for an independent singer / songwriter without a team around them – I’m doing my best and am looking forward to seeing how far I can go with it”.
What’s next for Roxanne de Bastion?
“I’m going on my very first, headline, UK tour. The tour will be as a three piece: Myself, bass and keyboards, Jez (who’s day job is playing keys for Echo and the Bunnymen!) sings harmonies too and will also be opening most of the shows. I’m really looking forward to that. The tour will take up most of this month.
I’ve just been confirmed for another support tour that will be taking place at the end of April. It’s at some really great venues with an American country artist called Hayes Carll.
And finally, I’ve just put my song ‘Wasteland’ out into the world. I’m very proud because it’s a song that is dear to my heart. It’s off of my ‘Seeing You’ EP and is inspired by my hometown, Berlin. I hope you enjoy it!”
You can buy tickets to the remaining dates of Roxanne’s tour from HERE.