Decoded Sundays presents Correigh

Correigh Killick met her musical partner Ben Amesbury via her younger sister in 2013. Their connection was immediate and they were soon working on material Correigh had already written some time before. With an eclectic musical palette, Correigh draws on a number of interesting influences and with Amesbury’s measured approach, their sound sits somewhere between classic Ibiza chill and indie electronica. Now signed to newly founded label ‘Delete’ for a 3 album deal, new EP – Under The Influence ticks many boxes and has been very well received during her summer shows in Ibiza.

UK Editor Simon Huxtable sat down with Correigh recently to find out a little more…

Hi Correigh, it’s great to meet you, thanks for finding the time to chat to us at Decoded. How are you today?

Great to meet you too and be part of Decoded for the day! I’m good thank you – just taking advantage of a bit of a gap between trips actually. It’s been a manic summer in between Ibiza and the UK!

So let’s start at the beginning. We understand you’ve come from a very musical family, studied musical theatre at school and were in a few bands growing up. Could you talk us through those formative times and how that lead up to meeting Ben in 2013?

Yeah, there was always music going on in the house, both my parents were a huge inspiration for me and my musical journey. My Dad plays the piano really well and would always do Coldplay songs which gave me the idea to do a version of my own one day. My Mum would always be singing. My sister and I learnt from her and it was always something we enjoyed doing together.

After studying music, I’d mainly just gone from band to band but never really settled into one properly which was frustrating. Then Kristie (my sister) hooked me up with a day in Ben’s studio to get down a bunch of my own songs. We recorded about 10 demos that day, and a few caught his ear so he built them up over the next couple of weeks. I loved what he came back with so carried on writing and now we’re playing them out in Ibiza. Still seems so crazy when I think about it!

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We understand until very recently, you used to be a dental nurse. How did it feel to take that leap of faith and become a full-time musician?

To be honest, until the actual morning of signing, It hadn’t really sunk in that it was really happening. I hadn’t told many people outside of my family what was going on until pen had been put to paper, but then literally had the biggest grin on my face when I left the lawyers office so just had to announce it on my Facebook!

When I got into work on Monday, my bosses knew what was coming, and they were just really pleased and supportive as these kind of opportunities don’t come around very often. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from friends, family, colleagues and now my fans, it’s been a dream come true.

I was very excited to read that among your list of influences you cite Portishead and Massive Attack. What draws you to these artists? And how do you translate that into your own music?

Mainly the way their overall sound creates a real mood and atmosphere. I love the way both of them balance electronic and programmed sounds with live instruments. It gives a really multi-dimensional approach to their music and provides a real depth to their sound which can be felt on an emotional level. They have stayed very true to this style, which I really respect and it’s a recipe that is truly original. That’s definitely one thing that we’ve tried to do in our own music.

Let’s talk about the EP for a moment. The first track is a Coldplay cover. It’s really very well done and captures the mood and emotion of the original while remaining very much your own style. If you could cover any song in the world, what would you choose?

Thank you – really appreciate you saying that. Well, that’s quite a tricky question actually. We try to do versions of some more obscure songs that maybe take people a while to figure out what they are, or even that they’re reworks at all! When we’ve been back home during the summer we’ve actually been messing around with a few favourite songs to try out. Maybe for an ‘under the influence’ Vol 2 or something! But I’ll have to keep a lid on what they are for now I’m afraid Simon, as it’ll spoil the surprise!

Awwwww, too bad! ha! You’ve kindly put a mix together for us. Can you talk us through your selections?

It was a real struggle whittling down my favourite tracks and Ibiza classics. Stepping away from the everyday club madness and returning back to the original Balearic vibe – I’ve pulled together a selection of great artists and emotive music that I feel encapsulates the Ibiza spirit. Taken from my time spent at Sa Trinxa, Cafe Del Mar, Pikes, Mambos and Las Dalias to name a few. I really hope you and the listeners enjoy this musical journey and can instantly associate with the chilled side to Ibiza.

Some specific highlights include Nightmares on Wax who is still very active on the island and keep this true Ibiza vibe alive. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart, still remains a poignant chill song that is instantly recognisable, this Andy Weatherall mix is nothing less than Sublime! 

Kate Bush who is a solid favourite of mine growing up within my family – I love this Ashley Beedle rework it really stays true to the original whilst giving a whole different energy. Donna Summer – Love to Love, another power female music icon, alongside Giorgio Moroder who we recently had the pleasure of seeing at Heart.

He is a genius who gave birth to electronic music and shaped the current scene as we know it today which I, as well as many others, are truly grateful for. Donna Summers is a real inspiration for me and what I can only inspire to reach! Masters at Work – Get Up a great classic from a very talented duo who still know how to make it drop in Ibiza! I saw them recently at Space for Glitterbox and it really was unbelievable watching those two in the zone.

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Correigh, it’s been delightful to meet you and chat for a while. We wish you every success in the future. So, with the new EP doing well and a summer of amazing performances, what does the rest of 2016 have in store for you? An album perhaps? More touring?

Thank you so much. There’s an album on the way which we’ve been working on for a while so once the madness of Ibiza is all over we’ll be back in the studio for the autumn putting the finishing touches on that with a view to it coming out early next year. The rest of the year we will be between London and Ibiza for their winter parties which I’m really excited about. Then before we will know it, it will be 2017 where we are working with a few key festivals and who knows where it may take us…

Tracks
01// Moby – Go In Dub Mix (Intro)
02// Levitation – More Than Ever People
03// FC Kahuna – Hayling
04// Fleetwood Mac vs Massive Attack – Rhiannon’s Teardrop
05// The Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II (Beatless mix)
06// Jakatta – American Dream Afterlife Mix (Beatless Version)
07// Renegade Soundwave – The Man Who Wouldn’t Let Wax Wane
08// Primal Scream – Loaded
09// Kruder & Dorfmeister – Trans Fatty Acid (K&D Session_Remix)
10// Leftfield – Melt
11// Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime (Acapella)
12// Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
13// Donna Summer – Love To Love (Edit)
14// Carly Simon – Why
15// Masters At Work – Funky Sensation (MAW Slow Mix)
16// Nightmares on Wax – You Wish
17// Ugly Duckling – A Little Samba
18// Rayko & Em Vee – Broadway
19// Fluke – Nosh (Fila Brazilia Mix)
20// Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (Ashley Beedle Edit)
21// Nuyorican Soul – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4 Hero Remix)