Hot Press meets Gemma Hayes
Fancy appearing on Gemma Hayes’ new album? If you've a few quid to spare, you can make it happen.
John Walshe, 13 Sep 2013
So it’s not going to sound all modern then?
“God no,” she laughs. “In fact, I want to create a sound that’s very empty, with a lot of reverb, and maybe even going back to The Mamas and the Papas, with very prominent tambourines, female vocals and big cheesy keyboards.”
You could call it "the fillet of Gemma!"
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