“Great LezBritian” is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.
While the UK is not quite awash with out singer-songwriters and bands, over the last couple of years there has been a definite growing number of women with mics and guitars singing about their lady loves or at least saying “Yes I am.”
Horse released her critically acclaimed debut album The Same Sky with her band twenty years ago and since then has been hacking through the overgrown reeds of homophobia and misogyny in the music industry so that we can all follow behind admiring the landscaped gardens.
Currently working on her ninth studio album and getting ready to set out on an anniversary tour for The Same Sky, we caught up with Horse to talk about her early experiences in the industry, advice for younger musicians and her plans for the new album.
photo by Dawn Kilner
AfterEllen.com: You’ve been out since the very beginning of your career – did that have to be a conscious decision?
Horse: I think growing up I was trying to figure out who I was and I always knew I rejected anything feminine, indeed I didn’t really want to be female and was very androgynous looking. My early years were very miserable – I was attacked and chased by gangs. So I moved to Glasgow and in my head I needed to escape and because I had been writing songs from an early age I worked really hard on that and with my band I got signed to Capitol.
AE: Because you didn’t look like your traditional pop star at that point how did the record label try and market you?
AE: How did you feel when k.d. lang did come along?
AE: What do you think of the situation now in the music industry with artists such as Alison Goldfrapp coming out?
AE: The music industry needs a trailblazer like you though to stand and represent the “lesbian” – much like Sandi Toksvig does in the entertainment industry – albeit that’s not ideal for you …
When Sophie Ward came out I sent her a message telling her that it is lonely place but that I was so grateful that she did come out. It is important for people in all sorts of professions to be out and for people to realise we’re just living our lives. For instance my music isn’t songs just for lesbians, it appeals to everyone.
AE: There aren’t that many young people in the entertainment industry that are under 30 and out – do you see that as a problem?
I think it is easy to make that statement but harder to be like an Alison Goldfrapp and actually act on it. I think you can be defined by the relationship you are in.