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Scotland’s Amy MacDonald song talks with Rachana Dubey.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2009 16:41 IST
Rachana Dubey

Hello hello, how’s the weather in Scotland?
It’s a bit dry. How’s Bombay?

It’s warmish. I read you got engaged?
Yeah, it’s a matter of love and getting lucky with the guy.. because you may like someone but he or she may not reciprocate. Steve (Lovell) did. We’ve been dating for quite a while and we intend to marry soon. I’ve even dedicated my new song Troubled soul to him.

Why has it taken two years for your album, This is the Life, to reach India?
I can’t explain the delay but I am so glad that it has reached India and is doing well too. At home, it sold more than two million copies. I don’t know much about the U S market though.

At 21, you’re being considered the Next Big Thing on the pop scene. Doesn’t that put the heat on you?
No, I’m quite intelligent. I bury my nose in my work.

Who have been your influences?
Travis and The Libertines for sure.

When did you start writing songs?
Age is just numbers. I wrote my first ever original song when I was 15. I was still in high school.. I was 18 when my album released. After sending out my demo, I got a call from Universal and I was on. They found me worth their studio time and money. I didn’t disappoint them either.

What do you think of singers like Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse who have gone through an ugly drugs phase and a rocky personal life?
They have survived and come out stronger.

Would you still want to pursue studies?
Right now, it’s virtually impossible to go back.

Apparently, your elder sister is also into music.
Well, she doesn’t compose and sing. She is a doctor today and my critic.

Heard any Indian music?
Unfortunately, not. We just don’t get Indian music in the stores in Scotland.