The Playlist: Theresa Way­man

Gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Theresa Way­man ex­plores her in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the songs of Warpaint

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The first song I learned to play... I’mLook­ingThroughYou – The Bea­tles

“Emily [Kokal, vo­cals/gui­tarist] and I both learned I’mLook­ing

ThroughYou. We learned to play it to­gether and sing the har­monies. After that the sec­ond song I learned was Creep by Ra­dio­head. I love that song so much – it’s an in­cred­i­ble pop song, which can be a re­ally hard thing to write.”

The song I re­mem­ber cover­ing in my first band... Ash­esToAshes – David Bowie

“Warpaint was my first band, so the first song that I ever fully cov­ered was Ash­esToAshes.

It’s one of the favourite record­ings that we’ve ever done, ac­tu­ally. We also cov­ered MyGuy [by Mary Wells – writ­ten and pro­duced by Smokey Robin­son] in the song Bil­lieHol­i­day. I fig­ured out that we could put that vo­cal in there over these chords that Emily was play­ing. It was my first cover idea.”

The most chal­leng­ing of my songs to per­form live... TheS­tall – Warpaint

“I’m play­ing a Roland SP-404 sam­pler in cer­tain parts, so I have to stop and jump to that and then push a hold but­ton on the last hit so that I can go back to play­ing gui­tar. And then I’m also singing har­monies the whole way through, so it’s com­pli­cated, but it’s cer­tainly fun!”

A song that seemed to come very eas­ily in the writ­ing process... Shad­ows – Warpaint

“The chord pro­gres­sion, melody and lyrics came to­gether re­ally fast. When I went to record a demo of it with a friend I was telling him I wanted to do a cer­tain beat in the cho­rus and when he opened up a sam­ple li­brary that same beat was, weirdly, the first thing that we came across!”

A song that I had to re­ally work at and nearly didn’t get fin­ished... Ju­bilee – Warpaint

“It’s a song that our most die-hard, orig­i­nal fans want to hear re­leased, but we’ve just had so many ver­sions of it and we can’t fig­ure out how to put it to­gether. Dre was a lit­tle bit like that too – it was a lit­tle chal­leng­ing, but we got there in the end.”

A riff that I wish I had writ­ten... Smell­sLikeTeen Spirit – Nir­vana

All of Kurt Cobain’s riffs! They’re so amaz­ing and so sim­ple that some­times I think, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?!’ It feels like he’s fig­ured out what sim­ple re­ally means – that you’re just gonna use the best and most es­sen­tial stuff. It’s like still-life draw­ing – after you’ve prac­tised it so much you know how to draw the most es­sen­tial lines.”

The song I would play to some­one who had never heard my mu­sic... Ele­phants – Warpaint

“This song re­ally epit­o­mises how tough we are but it’s also a re­ally catchy song and a real crowd pleaser. Our fans have al­ways loved that song a lot. I could play it over and over again for years... Which we have done, ac­tu­ally! I think it’s a pretty flawless song and I don’t feel that way about ev­ery­thing that we do.”

Warpaint play All Points East Fes­ti­val in Lon­don on 2 June

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