HQFU releases new single Good Reason ahead of album launch.
TYCI’s next live event will be held at Glasgow’s Glad Café. We are delighted to be hosting multi-talented producer HQFU’s mini album launch.
HQFU is Glasgow-based artist Sarah J Stanley and having toured the Scottish folk circuit for a number of years, she has now focussed her revered talents on production.
Today sees the release of her next single Good Reason. Stanley has an undeniable talent for injecting her music with nostalgia and this is a smart techno banger that will detonate your headphones.
Having seen HQFU live now a number of times, this is where the magic lies. Expect a euphoric, mesmerising dance party to remember.
Halina Rifai writes her latest column for TYCI focusing on new music from artists we should know about.
Today’s New Music taster is from Glasgow-based producer HQFU. Sarah J Stanley is the lady behind the name, a multi-talented human who has the most obscene skills in art, music and even web design.
Anna Hodgart talks to artist and musician Sarah J. Stanley ahead of the launch of her first graphic novel Stealing Stuff and Putting it Back Again.
Can you introduce yourself to our readers and tell us a little about your work and background to date?
I’m Sarah J Stanley, an artist and musician based in Glasgow and I suppose I would describe my work and background to date as, scraping by trying to sustain the time and sanity to keep making art. I’ve been working as an artist professionally for almost 10 years now after leaving Gray’s School of Art with my BA(hons) in fine art. Also, I’ve been banging on at music much the same way, with very little ambition for greatness but not being able to leave it alone for the life of me. I mainly paint but drawing and some illustration (when it makes a buck) are also part of my work. To say I exhibit internationally is accurate, but sounds more prestigious than it is. Art is a slow as hell growing career, harrowing and pretty thankless. I’m giving it until age 80 to really have made something of myself, which I think is realistic. I often think I had all my best ideas from ages 0-5 and I imagine it might take until I’m about 80 to outwork them. So here’s hoping / not hoping.
Last week, Lisa-Marie Ferla (AKA Last Year’s Girl) interview Glasgow-based music / artist Sarah J Stanley. Here is what they talked about.
TRUTH: I hadn’t heard of Sarah J Stanley – artist, musician and all-round annoyingly talented woman – before her recent relocation to Glasgow from Aberdeen. EQUAL TRUTH: The Earth is Flat, a gorgeous acoustic album released by Stanley in early Spring, is one of the best things I have heard this year.
And yet – as befits an artist whose work incorporates paint, sculpture, comics and, er, tattoos – the unashamedly lo-fi album only shows off one side of Stanley’s musical split personality – she also makes original electro music as well as dirty beats DJing. That she found the time to answer the usual round of questions at all is a miracle – that her answers were both illuminating and hilarious is a bonus.
If you don’t think that The Gardener of Eden is incredible then I am not sure we can be friends anymore.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WRITING SONGS AND PERFORMING?
The first song I wrote was while playing alone on a beach somewhere. I think I was about eight and it was called Food Just Wants to be Eaten. I had a particularly vivid imagination (as I later found out: I thought it was normal) and I believe this jaunty song in particular was about how it was okay to eat food, as in, it wasn’t going to be offended, it WANTED to be eaten. Something like that. Needless to say, I was a chubby kid.
The line-up, curated by ‘Pal Of TYCI’ Lost and Found Promotions, also includes Fiona Keenen and Kathryn Sawers. The venue is titchy, so check out http://www.lostandfoundpromotions.co.uk for advance tickets if you’re keen.