Leeds-based Scottish musician Josephine Sillars has dropped new single, Enemy, the first you can expect from EP Desperate Characters. Jo is originally from the Highlands and has gigged plenty around Scotland over the past few years, often under the name The Manic Pixie Dreams. Now using her own name and with new releases The Fountain caught up with her about the new music and her favourite venue.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Enemy?

I have just been blown away by the reception to Enemy. People seem to be really enjoying it! As it’s a different direction for me I was a little bit worried that it was going to alienate half my audience, but it seems to have worked out well. I’ve gotten so many lovely responses about the song, and I’m really grateful. 

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

Strings, beats and anxiety. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release, I note an EP?

My EP, Desperate Characters, will be out on March 26th with another single coming out just before on the 19th of February. This EP was made during the first and second lockdown, and it’s also my first EP since 2015 so I’m really excited to get it out in the world! For the rest of the year, I would really love the chance to perform the EP live and tour but at the moment I don’t have anything confirmed because there’s not much point! I’m really hopeful that by the autumn the vaccine will have allowed for gigs to return in some capacity because as soon as it’s safe I really can’t wait to get gigging again. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

My favourite venue to play live is probably The Hug and Pint. I’ve had so many great gigs there over the years, and also been to so many amazing shows there. I have such a strong love for so many venues, but honestly I am most looking forward to playing the festivals again. The festival circuit is usually a major part of my year and I’ve been so lucky to play so many! In my wildest dreams, I would love to perform at Kelburn Garden Party again as I headlined a smaller stage there in 2017 and it was one of my favourite shows I’ve ever done. I’m also really keen to perform at more festivals in England as soon as I can.