Q&A with Amy Findlay
No matter who you are or what your taste in music is, chances are you love at least one Led Zeppelin song, or you’ve got some sort of childhood memory attached to their bands. We had a chat to Amy Findlay, drummer for Stonefield, who’s set to perform in the Led Zeppelin celebration show: Whole Lotta Love.
So normally you’re playing drums and singing for Stonefield, how did you get on board for the Whole Lotta Love show?
A while ago I sang a couple of guest songs for Frank Zappa cover band Petulant Frenzy.One of the guys from that band is friends with the organiser of the Whole Lotta Love shows and put us in touch. It’s been a very different experience for me. I am so used to singing my own songs, so there is a lot of pressure when performing Led Zeppelin songs for hardcore fans! It’s also a lot of fun and an honour to sing some of my favourite songs.
And the rest of Stonefield weren’t interested in the part?
The way the show works is that they have a great band for the whole show and rotate guest vocalists. It makes for a really entertaining, exciting show. I guess being a vocalist opens me up for a lot more opportunities like this.
It must be pretty great knowing you’re a part of such a well-respecting and long-running national show?
For sure, I feel totally honoured to have been asked in the first place. The musicians I get to sing with are pretty phenomenal!
Growing up were you always a big fan of Led Zeppelin, what is it you love about the band?
Always! Zeppelin make up majority of the soundtrack to my childhood. They are brilliant songs, an incredible band – both individually and it’s magic with them all together!
Do you have a favourite Led Zeppelin album?
It’s hard to pick when there isn’t a single song I don’t like.. but I love II (1969).
Are you nervous at all to be paying homage to one of the most influential bands in the world?
Most definitely! It’s a huge deal for me. It is going to be a lot of fun though.
Do you know yet what songs you’ll be performing?
Yes, but I’m not sure that I should be giving that away.. I’ll give you one.. ‘In My Time Of Dying’. There’s another classic that I’m really excited to do as well!
Is it nice being able to do a show closer to home?
It is always a luxury…being able to go home to my own bed is quite nice. It also means it’s easier for friends and family to come along and enjoy the show.
The show does go for three hours, do you have a favourite part at all?
I really enjoy the whole show. I love watching the other singers from side of stage and being inspired by their performances. The encore is also so much fun, being able to have one last bang where we all come together.
Do you think you’ll be doing more shows like this in the future?
I’m not really sure. I am very focused on my own music and that is always the number one priority for me – if a great opportunity comes up and it doesn’t interfere with what Stonefield is doing, then sure.
And why should people come along and see the show?
Because it’s awesome, entertaining and great to hear all those songs live!
When&Where: GPAC – March 20 & The Palais, Melbourne – March 21. Tickets are available now fromwww.gpac.org.au.