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The Logans

on 1 January 2019 0

The Logans from Barrhead are a real-life Von Trapp family. Mum, dad and their nine – count ‘em – children all sing and play. Their dog, Frank, has yet to pick up a musical instrument, but it’s only a matter of time.

Two years ago, Honor (25), Tayler (23) and Leona Blue (22) decided to branch out and delve into this business we call show. They’ve already earned acclaim for their warm, poppy take on Caledonian Americana.

During our chat, they came across as a charmingly close-knit clan with a self-evident love of music.

What was it like growing up in such a large family? 

Tayler: Fun. Predominantly good memories. We’ve always had someone to play with and make music with. That’s probably where our creativity comes from. There’s always someone to beat you up too…

Honor: It’s definitely a creative environment, and we’ve had that freedom. One of my first memories was when our mum got us a second-hand piano one Christmas. We all learned five chords and we all learned a different song. That was the start, and then it passes down.

There are strong traces of country in your sound. Was that a formative influence?

Honor: There were always country influences, but overall we had such a broad scope really. We have very individual tastes as well.

Tayler: Back in the days of LimeWire we had our first family computer, and I was eleven at the time. You could download all music, so I discovered so much by accident.

Leona Blue: I used to love all the songs our dad played in the car. Eva Cassidy, Frank Sinatra, even Robbie Williams.

Honor: Shania Twain was a huge one for us growing up, we knew every single song.

What’s been the biggest highlight of your career so far?

Honor: The lessons that we’ve learned. It’s been a tough two years, but releasing our new E.P. is something we’re taking as a fresh start. We’ve become so much closer as sisters and we’ve learned so much about the industry, and it’s not an easy industry to try and navigate.

Leona Blue: It’s been an eye-opener for us. At the time it might’ve felt like something that was really scary or difficult, but now we’re at the point where we look back and realise that we’ve learned so much that we’d otherwise be blind about if we’d had an easy time.


“We’ve become so much closer as sisters and we’ve learned so much about the industry”


What can you tell us about your home studio?

Tayler: It’s a makeshift home studio! 

Honor: It includes Tayler’s wardrobe as a soundproof vocal booth…

That sounds excellent.

Tayler: Thank you! They’re like, “Excuse me, this isn’t the standard we’re used to, darling.” Just do it!

Do you write together or individually?

Honor: Both. Sometimes someone will come up with just a hook and we’ll come together and finish it, or someone will write a song and we’ll run it, see if we want to change anything. It just depends, there’s not really a format for us.

What can you tell us about your new E.P?

Leona Blue: Probably it’s the most personal that it’s ever been for us. It contains all of our ideas, we wrote all the songs in a style that we’ve chosen. 

Honor: It was recorded with a very creative producer friend of ours in Glasgow. We’re very excited about it.

Tayler: It’s a good mix of rocky country, more singer-songwritery material and a pop influence, so it’s a variety of things that represent us.

You’ve spoken in the past about plans to record in Nashville.

Honor: Originally we were supposed to be going to write in Nashville, but to be honest that isn’t happening now. At some point, of course, we’d love to go, but at the moment we’re trying to work on something authentic before we even think about that. Our sound has changed so much in the last year too.


Q&A

TAYLER

Favourite album Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

Favourite artist Paul Simon

HONOR

Favourite album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music by Ray Charles

Favourite artist Ray Charles

LEONA BLUE

Favourite album Songbird by Eva Cassidy

Favourite artist Eva Cassidy


Keep up to date with all things Logans via their website. This interview was published in Mill issue 3 January/February 2019.

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