Dianne Swann is known for her time in the bands Everything That Flies, When The Cat’s Away, The Julie Dolphin, Boom Boom Mancini and – most recently – The Bads.
She has performed around the world as a headliner and as an opening act or on the bill with some huge stars. In the mid-90s she worked on tours opening for the likes of Oasis, Green Day and Radiohead. She’s even there on record with Radiohead; a featured voice on a b-side.
So when I finally caught up to chat with Dianne Swann – we had planned to have this conversation (the first time) a full year ago – we talked about all of that; about her band The Julie Dolphin starting to take shape and make huge steps before Britpop all but wiped it away.
And we talked about When The Cat’s Away and their monumental success and the reasons Swann couldn’t stay in that group and has never rejoined them for the reunions tours.
We talked about The Bads and the sideline work too – including stints with Dave McArtney, and touring with Tim Finn and Don Walker.
Dianne Swann’s life and career in music is, by her own admission, a series of highs and lows. And I was grateful to have her walk me through them, we talked across her whole career.
She’s stayed dedicated to the craft, committed to songwriting and performing; to doing the work. She is planning to record her first ever solo album in the near future.
I loved talking to Dianne Swann – her honesty, her integrity, her stories.
I think you’ll like this conversation too. I hope so.