We catch up with Stuart Barter and, Blind Date veteran, Louise Ainsley, getting the inside scoop on writing a show-stopping tune based on the theme of Piccadilly Circus.
Stuart Tells Us
What was your reaction to this year’s Blind Date theme, and your assigned station?
A surprise. I didn’t know there would be a theme! Louise had plenty of lyric ideas for Piccadilly Station, and I think we were quite pleased to have it – rather than, say, Aldwych!
Why are you excited about Blind Date 2015?
I’ve never done it before, and don’t think I’ve ever met the other writers. It’s always exciting to work with and meet new people.
How you are your partners ‘writing dates’ been going?
Louise lives in Northumberland and I live in East London – so we’ve written our song entirely remotely! Louise has been sending drafts of lyrics and I’ve been sending back recordings of the song. Seems to have gone well – I think we’ve enjoyed it.
What style of song are you looking to create this year, and why?
Our song is built around a guitar and loop-station, with repeating patterns slowly building up. I guess it’s ‘minimal-musical-theatre(!)’.
Have you done anything like Blind Date before?
Can’t say I have!
Are you staying safe with your song style or trying something new, and how?
I’ve never written music for guitar/loop-station and piano, and hopefully it doesn’t sound like a typical song from a show. We think we’re trying something a bit new – though they do say there are no more new ideas….
Louise tells us
We wish this pair the best of luck!