Norfolk-born Hailey Beavis is a songwriter and visual artist based in Edinburgh. Her debut EP Whatever You Feel I Do Too is scheduled to come out on January 17th, 2020. It will be the second release from OK Pal Records, a label which Beavis formed in cahoots with her best friend, Faith Eliott. Stranger Inside is the first single from the forthcoming record. The Fountain caught up with Hailey about the new EP and performing in the Traverse.
TF: You have a new EP out, nice way to kick off 2020?
An absolutely wonderful way to start a new decade, no less! The journey to arrive at this point has been long and winding. I feel sure many artists can relate to this. But I can say with some confidence that this is the right place and the right time for me to release. I’m happy it’s happening now. My dear pal Faith Eliott and I joined forces just over a year ago to create OK Pal Records, a safe bed for all our ideas to bloom from.
TF: And what has the reception been like to Whatever You Feel I Do Too, can you elaborate on the EP?
Oh, my mum and my dog love it! Rave reviews from both. I’ll have to wait until 17th January for any other opinions. But I love the EP. I love the songs because this little bundle of work means so much to me. Each song presents a different take on a very intense chunk of my life, that I am only now gaining perspective on. Recording the EP was like picking up a dormant creature that sprung to life in my hands. Interacting with your personal history in such a way can be many things. For me, it feels like I needed to wait a minute to see it right, and I have been granted that minute.
I recorded with Pete Harvey at his lovely studio Pumpkinfield, near Perth. Pete is just the funnest and warmest of people and we had absolutely no trouble establishing rapport. I need that and consider it essential. I felt very at ease throughout the recording process, and like I could be as silly or serious as I needed to be at any given moment, and It was matched. Also, trying to explain what you want to experience in sound through emotional language alone does not wash with every engineer and producer, but Pete was extremely receptive, and for that I am thankful.
I had the great fortune of bringing together an exceptionally talented bunch of musicians. With Reuben Taylor on keyboards and accordion, Pete on cello and bass guitar and Owen Curtis Williams on drums, I lucked out. Together we have brought these songs into full colour.
TF: And you are launching in the Traverse in Edinburgh, what inspired you to choose that as a venue?
I am! I am! It’s a lovely space. The more curves and circles in a venue, the better I feel about playing there. Who even invented the straight line? It’s preposterous. Shall we talk about the growing venue crisis in Edinburgh? It’s certainly worsened in the decade I’ve been here. If anyone wants to start up an affordable venue that can unite artists, promoters and audiences I will personally offer up my very specific set of skills as a handy woman. Let us not give up.
TF: Can we look forward to seeing you perform it here in Glasgow? And what has been your favourite gig to date?
Ah I love playing in Glasgow. I played some of the EP tunes at The Glad Cafe in November, which was swell. I’m currently booking a spring tour, so see you soon, if not sooner. In the meantime, Glasgow based Those Eyes puts on an excellent show, and you can look forward to many a collaboration between our two lovely labels in the future.
For more information and tickets for the upcoming gig at the Traverse click here.