Olympia bursts into 2019, with a stunning new single, an impending world tour with Julia Jacklin, and some big international signing news, to Opposite. Yes, that does mean we are likely to see her in Scotland soon, in fact, in Glasgow tonight supporting Julia Jacklin in Stereo. She spoke to The Fountain about the premise of the single, and supporting Julia Jacklin on tour.
TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far?
The response has been really exciting. The song has taken on a life of its own, and it’s been so great travelling around the UK and having audiences sing this one back to us.
TF: What inspired you to title it Shoot to Forget, what are you trying to forget?
There’s a great quote by John Berger: ‘the camera relieves us of the burden of memory. The camera records in order to forget’. Its really stuck with me, this idea of moving forward by forgetting. Shoot to Forget is essentially a love song – about how humans connect. And the song starts with the example of a photographer who ‘shoots to forget’. I’m touching on the compulsion to take photos of everything. With phones, even more so. We all do it (I am not immune as I travel around). This compulsion is almost as if the process of taking the photo, exempts you from being present in the moment, because you tell yourself you’ll appreciate it later. And then one night you’re killing time waiting for your friend to turn up to the pub and you mass-delete, because there’s another thing about this compulsion, if you don’t publish them (social media, photos albums), they don’t really exist. The song is a reflection on the past, and how you value it in the present. If you had the chance, would you do it again and how would you be…etc.
TF: And you are also promoting this with a tour alongside Julia Jacklin, including Glasgow’s Stereo, you must be stoked?
It has been such a special run with Julia Jacklin and her band. Crushing is an incredible piece of work, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to listen to the band bring the album to life on stage. And very excited to be in Glasgow. We came in on the Cairnryan ferry and travelled up the coast – it was such a beautiful journey. We have a trip booked to the Bagpipe museum some time today.
TF: Where has been your favourite gig to date?
It’s been a dream run, but had a wonderful night at Whelan’s in Dublin on Saturday night. We were only fleetingly in Ireland, however long enough to be greeted with much endearing profanity.
TF: And how do you find the Glasgow crowd, have you played there before?
This will be our first Glasgow crowd! Can’t wait!
Olympia is playing Glasgow’s Stereo tonight, doors from 7pm.