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Wallis Bird: “The moment you realise you’re actually happy”

Wallis Bird: “The moment you realise you’re actually happy”

By: Disorder Magazine

Wallis Bird, the folkish singer-songwriter from Ireland, is somewhat of a veteran, having been performing for over a decade.

She now tours Europe prolifically, having built up a certain affinity with (and fan base in) her home away from home, Germany. Her fifth studio album Home was released at the end of September.

During a gap in her tour of England, she was kind enough to drop by for an interview and a SoundCheck session, whence she graced us with a raw and heartfelt performance of two tracks from Home. Wonderfully crafted, her songs allow her to showcase her rare vocal ability and left us utterly compelled. It's a wonder that she's not more well-known.


That Leads the Way

When she'd stopped singing and we had begged for an encore, Wallis took pity on us by answering a dozen of our questions.

Disorder: What are you working on right now?

Wallis: Right now I'm working on my tour. England. It's raw, nuts, tough, but worth it.


D: How has living in Berlin influenced your music?

W: I'm extremely happy in the city, my love, my best friends, my home, my studio, constant inspiration around me, my life is the best it's been so I put a lot of that down to the city itself.


D: What artists turn you on?

W: Fela Kuti, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Björk, Tuneyards, The Prodigy, Chaka Khan, Ani DiFranco, Villagers.


D: What got you started?

W: Getting conceived was a good start!


D: What has been the biggest lesson along the way?

W: Find the fun in everything. Don't be a dick.


D: What/where do you like to eat or drink?

W: Pussy! Ah sorry, I couldn't resist! Haha! I love a fine Guinness in an old man's pub; as good as most meals I've had.


D: Where do you feel most yourself?

W: At home, cooking for friends.


D: What talent do you wish you had?

W: I'd love to be talented in the service industry, that’s a huge array of personality talents in one that I think you're born with; unfortunately something I'm shite at, but really appreciate in others.


D: What innovation/invention do you love most?

W: Anything to do with communication.


D: What is your idea of happiness?

W: Just that – happiness. That moment you realise you're actually happy is a milestone. Nothing better than that.


D: What is your present state of mind? 

W: Completion. Happy out.


D: What would you do if you were not a musician?

W: I'd love to be a masseur or a physical healer of some sort.


Many thanks to Ollie at Brixton Jamm for making this happen!

W/ wallisbird.com