Fresh: Scottish songstress Sandi Thom back on the radar and heading for Huddersfield
Nov 12 2010 by Nick Lavigueur, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Four years ago Scottish songstress Sandi Thom was on top of the world with a number one single and a number one album.
Signed to major label Sony, her break through track, I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker, hit the top spot in the UK while her debut album, Smile...It Confuses People, also rose to the top.
The single did even better in Australia where it stayed at number one for 10 straight weeks.
But a little over 18 months ago Sandi’s rise up the ranks was abruptly halted when a recession-hit Sony decided her services were no longer needed.
After gathering her thoughts the Aberdeen born artist decided to launch her own record label Guardian Angels and her third long player Merchants and Thieves hit the stores last May.
Now with a tour to the US beckoning and a gig in Huddersfield scheduled next month, the 29-year-old said she had no regrets but revealed that her back to basics approach wasn’t of her choosing.
“It wasn’t a realisation,” she said, “I didn’t have a come to Jesus moment, I got dropped, it was as simple as that.
“It was a case of Sony’s got no money, let’s clear out the cobwebs.
“At the same time they let 300 members of staff go.
“It was a pretty difficult time, it was a case of we simply can’t afford to keep everyone on.
“It’s not personal, nobody makes these decisions on a personal level, it’s just balancing the books at the end of the day.”
Sandi said her new self-sufficient approach had been tough but she was enjoying being in charge of her destiny.
“Everything happens for a reason,” she said, “it was a great thing that happened in hindsight because I’m really proud of that last record and it’s a very difficult thing to release records on your own.
“I’m very fortunate to have learnt a lot from the last 15 years since I started playing live gigs.
“I’ve learnt a lot about what goes on on the ground and on the road and as a business and the marketing side of things, so we’re well equipped as a label.
“I run the whole show. It’s challenging to run a company and be an artist and write songs.
“We have two staff, everything starts from somewhere small.
“At the beginning of the year I didn’t have two staff so it’s going in the right direction.”
Following appearances at the Miami Music Festival this weekend, Sandi will hit New Orleans and Nashville before returning to the UK for a gig at Bar 1:22 on December 3.
She said: “The cool thing about playing and touring all these places is that everywhere’s a different experience.
“There’s so many different venues all across the world.
“You start off playing all the small ones and you build up and you’ll maybe get to Shepherds Bush. Along the way I never forget a venue or a night because no two gigs are the same.”