When it comes to keeping New Year resolutions, Nerina Pallot didn’t make it easy for herself.
At the turn of the year, the Brit and Ivor Novello award-nominated singer/songwriter resolved to record and release an EP every month that 2014 had to offer.
Not only that, but she also promised to do all the accompanying artwork herself while booking in a UK tour too.
And although she admits there were a few doubts a few months in, Nerina has no regrets.
“We’re nearly there. I can’t believe it,” she says. “We’re just mixing the one for November on days off and then will be back in the studio to record the December one once the tour is finished... and then I will have done it!
“About half way through the year, I was thinking, ‘oh no, how am I going to manage it’,” she laughs, “but now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s really exciting.”
I’m sure her fans would agree. Thus far a total of 50 new songs have come out of the epic EP project (which I’m referring to as EPic in my head from here on in).
With 10 more to come, it’s safe to say the 39-year-old will have her work cut out when it comes to selecting tracks for her fifth album, which is planned for a summer release next year.
“At the end of this year we’ll look at everything that we’ve recorded and which ones have been the most popular in terms of Spotify, and downloads and shares on social media - that kind of thing,” she says.
“Then once we’ve decided on the tracks for the album, I’ll start working on them.
“Doing the EPs to such a tight deadline, I’ve had to let things go that I would normally spend a lot more time on,” she explains. “I’m looking forward to bringing them up to the standard I’d be happier with in terms of putting them out on a larger scale.”
She’s also been loving the chance to play them live, although her longtime fans who are going to see her at Sage Gateshead on Thursday can rest easy when it comes to hearing Pallot classics such as Patience, Everybody’s Gone to War and Sophia.
“I’m a massive music lover and I get really upset when I go and see acts I love, and they focus on their new album at the expense of the music which is often the reason why people are there,” she says.
“I would never ignore the songs I know have given me a career... but by the same token I think people are very accommodating and often want to hear where you’re going and what you’ve been doing.
“Part of the reason for this whole project was to use it as a way to move myself musically to a new place.
“I’d started work on the fifth album and realised it was quite different to the ones which I’d done before,” she says.
“I was moving towards a more R&B and blues sounds than the things I’d done, which meant I had to learn how to sing a different way. I was concerned if I made such a departure, without offering any kind of bridge, it might freak fans out,” she says.
“I’m at the point in my career where I have a small but solid fanbase and I think you have to respect that.
“So going from doing what I was doing to making a death metal record (she’s not doing that by the way), would be asking a lot of them.
“You have to respect the fact that their support is what enables you to continue making music. So I wanted them to gradually make the move with me.”
As far as the North East branch of the Pallot followers go, Nerina says she can’t wait to play in Gateshead.
“It’s only the second time I’ve headlined in the Newcastle/Gateshead area. I know that they’re not the same,” she says proudly. “I’m from Jersey and I get really annoyed when people say Guernsey/Jersey, it’s all the same, because it’s totally not.
“I’ve never played the Sage, so I’m delighted to be performing there. I feel like I’ve neglected the North East for a few years, so I can’t wait to get back to it.”
- Nerina Pallot plays Hall Two, Sage Gateshead on Thursday (Nov 6). Call 0191 443 4661 or visit www.sagegateshead.com for tickets.