Catching up with Stina Tweeddale...

On International Women’s Day this year We Can Do It will be hosting a special night with Honeyblood at South London’s newest club venue Peckham Audio.

Stina will be doing a stripped back solo show and is asking for requests from her loyal fan base. A project that has seen her in venues as big as Scala, The Garage and KOKO will be taken back to basics in an intimate surrounding.

Her latest album ‘In Plain Sight’ has gained support from The Skinny, BBC 6 Music, Line Of Best Fit, London In Stereo, Dork and here at Clash with a new video in the pipeline.

Support for this show comes from Clash favourites The Pearl Harts who have been having an incredible time of late including ‘Black Blood’ appearing on BBC 1's Peaky Blinders, collaborations with Mulberry and Yamaha and support from Classic Rock, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and Kerrang.

Psych garage rockers Ghost Car have been in great company of recent playing with the likes of Amyl and The Sniffers, Deam Wife, Dry Cleaning, The Murder Capital and Beth Ditto and will be bringing their glam rock riffs to the table.

Openers are newbies Noise Noir who have been dazzling audiences with their no-nonsense feminist lyrics and energetic live shows full of heavy riffs and infinite fuzz. They’ve played with the likes of Saint Agnes, Baba Naga, Table Scraps and Swedish Death Candy.

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We caught up with Stina to talk about what IWD means to her and what advice she’d give to new female artists about to embark on the music industry... 

What does IWD mean to you as a woman and as an artist?

I feel a great sense of community surrounds IWD. Society at times makes women feel they must compete, and this is amplified as an artist. The tired idea that if you’ve got one ‘girl band’ you can’t have another one on the same bill etc.

To me it’s a way we can be stronger by creating bonds and learning from each other.

Who’s been the most inspirational female artist/band that you’ve supported?

Most definitely Shirley Manson of Garbage. Spending a few weeks on tour with her taught me so much! She’s such an inspiration to me musically and in how I carry myself as a female artist.

If you could support any female musician around right now who would it be?

I would love to support PJ Harvey. I think she would be my dream.

You’re playing solo at the IWD show at Peckham Audio. How different do you find that to playing with the rest of the band?

I don’t do many solo gigs so this is rare set for me. I absolutely love it, it’s a very honest and intimate sort of show which lays my songs out in their bare bones. Sometimes it even feels a bit raw for me singing some of the lyrics without the shield of roaring drums and overdriven guitars.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you could give to a female artist starting right now?

Don’t let anybody project their hang ups onto you. And remember being strong and standing up for yourself doesn’t equal being mean or selfish. Put your art first before protecting anybody else’s opinions or feelings.

Great art is not made by people pleasing!

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Honeyblood will be playing her special solo show for We Can Do It Records on March 8th at Peckham Audio. Tickets here.

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