Photography: Lucia Matušíková

Arresting lyricism and delicate instrumentation are gently weaved together by this Seattle native quietly causing a stir.

If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
Lyrically driven indie-folkrockpop.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
When I was 14 I had the opportunity to see one of my favourite bands at the time (The Head And The Heart) play in an old theatre in Seattle, where I’m originally from. I had waited in the queue for three hours and ended up in the front row. It was the band’s first hometown show in a long time and I remember witnessing their collective energy, as well as their gratitude towards the crowd and the city, and immediately wanting nothing more than to be in a band.

Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
I really enjoy performing unreleased songs. They’re often new and fresh to myself and the band and bringing them outside the practice room is a lot of fun.

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Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
A few days before I moved to the UK, I played a farewell/EP Release show with my old band in the violinist’s backyard. We hung lights and made lanterns, our friends sat on lawn chairs and blankets, and my mom baked cookies. It was super wholesome.

What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Definitely emotions and experiences. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve, but songwriting/performing has proven to be the most cathartic communication of what I am feeling and thinking.

Have you always wanted to create music?
I’ve always loved performing, whether it be ‘talent shows’ at my family gatherings, school plays, or covering songs on YouTube with my friends. I attended an arts-oriented high school and it was there that I began to take songwriting more seriously.

"Songwriting has proven to be the most cathartic communication of what I am feeling and thinking" Abby Meysenburg

If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Phoebe Bridgers or Lucy Dacus, probably. Both of them have been big inspirations to my own music, although I get a pit in my stomach just imagining what I’d say in the green room.

Why is music important to you?
I think music is a great platform for individuals to communicate their complex thoughts, feelings and experiences. Often, I’ve found the words I’ve been looking for to explain myself in someone else’s lyrics. That makes me feel a whole lot less alone in the world.

Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
There’s a whole lot more to the Seattle music scene than grunge and there are a lot of fantastic artists in that area right now. Cataldo and OK Sweetheart are a couple of my favourites.

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Abby Meysenburg plays the Merseyrail Soundstation showcase at Liverpool Central Station on Saturday 30th November.

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