We had the chance to catch up with the wonderful Neil and Kirsten from Glasgow’s One Nine.

What effects has the lockdown had on you as an artist?
We’re really missing the opportunity to play live and loud, but on a positive, we’re having an absolute blast writing new music together. We’ve found a fruitful way of writing songs remotely with each other – it’s exciting opening your emails every morning to see what’s come in. We play song tennis like the Williams sisters.

How have you taken advantage of all the free time?
Neil’s been learning Spanish! I actually had to Google translate this interview back to English. Other than that, we’ve just been writing lots of new tunes and planning our moves for the future.

What’s your first drink at the pub when we’re allowed out?  
One shandy and one Red Bull, always and forever… There’s only so many home-made Sangria’s you can sling.

What are you most looking forward to at your first live gig back?
Getting a sweat on. Writing songs is fun but it doesn’t bring the sweat. Seeing fans again will be bloody lovely too. 

For those who aren’t familiar with you, how would you describe your music?
Alt-pop seems like the most fitting phrase – it’s pop music with a dirty wee indie heart. Hooky melodies and big chunky beats, that’s the aim of our game. 

If you could cover one song, what would it be and why?
We’re actually trying to pick a cover right now… Maybe you could help?
What’s your favourite Scottish artists / bands at the moment?There are loads of newer Scottish artists that we’re big fans of – Alice Bentley, Edwin Organ & Dev Green to name a few. The new Twin Atlantic and Saint Phnx albums are also class. We could go on all day, we have so much brilliant music in Scotland.

What’s your favourite Scottish venue you have played at?
We’ve only played a handful of shows as One Nine, they’ve all been class – we had big fun at Saint Lukes recently with Saint PHNX – it was wild, our kind of crowd.

Describe the Scottish music scene in 3 words?  
Live, laugh, love……

What do you think 2021 will be like on the gigging scene? 
It’ll be mayhem – in a good way. Hopefully everybody will be out to shake it up and make up for everything that’s been missed this year.

Should we expect any new music in the near future?
We’re on the case, it won’t be too long at all.