Susie Blue

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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.

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