Talented singer/songwriter Louise Day has been captivating audiences and stealing hearts since the age of ten. A true Cape Town girl though-and-through, her unique blend of what pundits have coined Guitar-root Rock, delivered by her outstanding lingering vocals have led her from opening at premiere venues such as Aspen’s Bellyup to perform as a Fender musician at the Winter X-Games and Tempe Music Festival on the same stage as John Mayer and The Fray. With regular TV appearances on the Morning, Noon and Night Show and an endorsement for Fender USA’s new range of guitars for women, Louise Day was ready to crank it up a notch back home.
Since her return, the Louise Day Band: Charne Groenmeyer (electric guitar), Tim Price (drums, electric percussion), Simon Van Wyk (keyboard) and Dylan Hichens (bass guitar and backing vocals) have been trailblazing in the press and at some of the biggest venues across the country with their debut album, Chasing the Wind. A more rock-orientated, edgier sound emerged in 2009 after some intensive creative exploration, with one of SA’s top producers, Theo Crous.
These developments grabbed the attention of some major record labels and the band signed with Sheer Music earlier this year. The band’s second and highly-anticipated album Swallowed by the City has just been released, and with an awesome album launch lined up there’s no doubt that this starlet and her band - pleasing on both the ear and the eye - is going straight to the top!
I can't watch movies without...
- A movie can’t happen without, a big glass of red wine, a bag of chuckles and some awesome friends.
Which famous people share your birthday?
- The most well known household name who shares my birthday is Neil Armstrong - he clearly had a bigger travel budget than I do. (5 August)
"I have a rule, first dates will always be
action thrillers or I end up a total wreck!"
What is the first film you remember watching?
- One of the first movies I really remember watching as a kid that made a big impression on me was The Little Mermaid followed by Edward Scissorhands at the drive-in of all places! It was my first big screen movie experience and I remember having bad dreams about people with scissors for hands afterwards! I did note, even at that young age, that Johnny Depp was a hottie.
What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
- Glitter -I love Mariah Carey, I was dancing along to Dream Lover in the '90s like any other kid, but I think she should stick to singing. Also- The Blair Witch Project, I can’t believe someone made a movie with a home video camera and actually got away with it!
Which movies have made you tearful?
- I am a big crier in movies, which isn’t very Rock- I cried in Bambi! I have a rule, first dates will always be action thrillers or I end up a total wreck! The movie I have cried the most in lately was Marley and Me, I knew as soon as I started watching that the dog was going to die, they always kill off the dog, yet still uncontrollable bawling when they did. I also cried quite a bit in My Girl, Homeward Bound and many others in-between.
Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?
- I met Owen Wilson in a club in the states, we had a Jaeger bomb. He really does talk like he does in the movies in real life. I also met William H Macy and Felicity Huffman and walked past Will Smith (I don’t know if that counts).
What's your favourite movie line?
- "I’m too old for this shit." Lethal Weapon
Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?
- Sandra Bullock, she’s so real and generally clumsy, which I can identify with. I hope she can sing though as that would most likely be a part of the story line.
If you could produce a movie... what would it be about?
- It would be about musicians and the world in which we live. It wouldn’t be the Hollywood, sing-a-song and become world famous type movie, but a movie about what artists really go through and the real journey along the way.
Finally, your Top Ten movies of all-time...
In no particular order...
The Lion King (1994) ...one of my favourites which I have watched a million times and can most probably recite.
Lethal Weapon (1987) ...Riggs and Murtaugh crack me up, a classic action movie with lots of great lines.
Along Came A Spider (2001) ...brilliant thriller, Morgan Freeman was amazing in this. It definitely kept me in suspense!
Titanic (1997) ...who didn’t see this movie?! A great love story and all three hours of Leo DiCaprio worked for me.
The Prestige (2006) ...such a clever and different movie, with a great twist.
August Rush (2007) ...portraying music in such an amazingly different way - I just wanted to go and play my guitar after watching this movie.
Beaches (1988) ...I know I might get some teasing for this one, but such a great story with Bette Midler playing a singer trying to make it and her journey along the way.
Taken (2008) ...totally exciting, I was on the edge of my seat!
The Sound of Music (1965) ...I love this movie, especially all the classic tunes.
Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (1989) ...Harrison Ford is such a great actor, this movie is fun exciting and just a must-see.
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