With influences ranging from Joan Jett to Hayley Kioyoko, Susie Blue’s brand of indie-pop packs real emotional punch, as exemplified by her latest album, Didn’t Mean To Care.
“All of the songs are about past relationships and issues that are close to my heart,” she explains. “The videos, which I direct myself, are basically little bio-pics of what has happened to me with past partners.”
Recently praised by Gary Lightbody, Derry native Susie is grateful to be part of the ‘big family’ that is the Northern Irish music scene.
“It can be intimidating sometimes when you see all these amazing artists starting out,” she says, “but you quickly realise that if you call on anybody, they’ll be there for you.” Starting out at open mic nights after school when she was just 16, Blue has gone on to play Manchester Pride, in addition to the all-female line-up of the DIVA Festival. Nevertheless, the 20-year-old admits she still gets nervous playing live.
“I get more nervous now when I play acoustically,” she admits. “It’s because I’m used to having other people on stage.”
Even more nerve-racking was her first encounter with DIVA festival organizer Heather Peace.
“I went over to Diva Radio to do a session and wasn’t aware of who the presenters were.” reflects Susie. “When I found out it was Heather, I fangirled a bit. There were only two lesbian TV shows when I was growing up – The Lord and Lip Service – and Heather Peace was in Lip Service. Then she asked me to play DIVA.”
A dream come true. Didn’t Mean To Care is out now.