Aisling Davis aka Inland Taipan swoops on to MIMR with her haunting yet witty vocals and classic guitar stylings. MIMR witnessed a charming set at a recent show at Manchester’s Night and Day Cafe and MIMR spoke to Aisling about her music and her love of Gravy
MIMR: Welcome to MIMR, let’s start with how Inland Taipan came about and was it clear from the beginning what musical direction you wanted to take it?
Aisling: Greetings, I hope you’re well!
I had a bunch of songs I wasn’t doing anything with. So Settled on the moniker ‘Inland Taipan’ and thought I’d see where it took me… Usually, its taken me to a bar, or practice room.
As for the direction, I’m kinda floating through. Songs are often not conventionally structured; they can change quite dramatically depending on performance, and my mood. I’m striving to keep an open mind, become a better musician, and not bore myself. All the while trying to not be a pretentious cunt… treading that fine line, ha!
MIMR: What inspirational people made you want to become a performer?
Aisling: As a child I sang in a choir, but wanted to act, or be a playwright. ‘Inland Taipan’ probably has elements of all those pursuits. I loved Bowie, Ian Curtis, and Dylan from a young age. Watched the Distillers at 14, and thought Brody Dalle was cool as fuck. Now I look to performers like PJ Harvey, Natasha Khan, and Kate Bush.
MIMR: What path has your music taken in 2016 and what plans do you have for the project in the future?
Aisling: So far 2016 has been a great year for me, and I’ll be recording November/December time. But, mainly watched, listened, and learnt. I’ve grown in confidence in regards to my style of guitar playing, and my lyricism. In the future it would be cool to merge some live art installations with local artists, poets, and musicians. Start something where friends can get cash, or just chill and make stuff. Everyone’s skint, so if we can help each other out, we should. So, if anyone’s reading this, give me a bell you arty pricks. MUST LOVE WARREN ELLIS AND GRAVY.
MIMR: Having seen you play at Night and Day recently and being impressed with your stage presence as well as the fun you appeared to be having but do you get nervous before gigs?
Aisling: Thanks very much, that’s appreciated. To be perfectly honest, my stage fright has held me back. I have a great deal of anxiety. My solution has been to mask it by being loud, and probably quite obnoxious. As for fun, that’s always there for the taking. Got to make a few jokes in between songs, the material can be quite heavy at times, and people need respite from that. The incessant chatter of bullshit Dave! That unrelenting and precious commodity, ha, eurf..
MIMR: What’s been your favourite gig venue you’ve played and why?
Aisling: Ermm this year, probably ‘Cosmosis’ at Victoria Park with my old band. Loads of friends were working, playing, or just getting messy. The Jesus and Mary Chain were on the main stage, it was great.
MIMR: Thanks for chatting with MIMR, wish you all the best for the future, come back to the blog very soon. Where can people check out some of your music?
Aisling: Thanks for having me. Will do!
So far, I’ve really hated how all my recordings have turned out, but that’s something I’m getting over, need to let things go. Will be working with some cool people later in the year. Until then, readers, reprobates and ragamuffins come to a gig! Ask nicely/ feed me and I’ll play at your house … I may regret saying that, please don’t murder me.