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“Like Prince on a trampoline.”
“The Whiplash EP is about having the courage to change your circumstances and pursue what you want in life; Breaking free from the everyday and chasing your dreams. I wrote it when I was in London working in an office job and I’d just decided to move to Glasgow to fully pursue the Bossy Love project with John. We’d send each other ideas back and forth while I was at work and I top-lined the majority of the EP at my desk while pretending to order stationery, even sneaking away to record the melodies on my phone. this was the beginning of our adventure together; waltzing into the unknown with a confident uncertainty, but knowing everything was going to be okay because I was doing it with my best pal.”
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“Bossy Love are one of the most exciting bands on the planet right now."
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BIOGRAPHY > Perhaps best described by The Guardian as “Prince on a trampoline”, in two short years Glasgow-based duo Bossy Love have built an army of fans utterly captivated by their savvy, RnB-inflected pop; where deadly hooks and fearless, anthemic lyrics sit atop propulsive, rich production.
Comprising Scottish producer, songwriter and drummer John Baillie Jr, and Australian vocalist and songwriter Amandah Wilkinson, the enigmatic duo now known as Bossy Love, first crossed paths sharing a bill with The Futureheads in 2008. Wilkinson was performing with the indie-pop outfit Operator Please, who according to The Guardian, were at the time “the biggest thing to come out of Australia in years”, while Baillie Jr was there as the drummer and co-lead vocalist of the equally successful, self-dubbed “Fight Pop” sextet, Danananakroyd.
Wilkinson explains, “We clicked straight away. We spent three hours in that dressing room, hyperactively talking about the same music.” They kept in touch and several years later, Wilkinson disbanded Operator Please and sent her solo demos to Baillie Jr, now also a free agent. He set to work on them that same day. “The first thing he sent back had me amazed. Without having to say a word, it was everything I'd ever wanted in a song.” Amandah eventually moved to Baillie Jr’s hometown of Glasgow, and Bossy Love was born.
The musical chemistry the duo share is undeniable. Following just a handful of single releases released without the support of a label or any kind of marketing campaign, they’ve already made an indelible mark on the industry. On their first single, the Fader declared "You wish you were best friends with Bossy Love. They make the kind of R&B that their name promises; sweet but direct, sexy but firmly in charge," while Clash Magazine recognised "Pop enigma Bossy Love craft an off-piste R&B vision. We're entranced; it's a dexterous, colour-soaked slice of music with startling, matching lucid synths, bubbling electronics, and those intertwining, teasing, emphatically energetic vocals."
At radio, they’re supported by the likes of Lauren Laverne and Huw Stephens, right across BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6Music, Beats 1, Triple J and Kiss FM. At home, Vic Galloway of BBC Radio Scotland professed “Bossy Love are one of the most exciting bands on the planet."
Further endorsement came from streaming monolith Spotify, who rushed to support Bossy Love’s debut work, even adding them to their highly-prized New Music Fridays playlist, complete with 2.8 million followers. With awareness starting to spread outside of the music industry, Bossy Love’s music was endorsed by H&M, Topshop and Red Bull, and featured on Soccer AM and Made In Chelsea. One of their songs soundtracked an ad campaign for a cult Japanese toy brand, while Glasgow International Film Festival commissioned and showcased their debut music video.
It’s on stage, however, that we truly get to witness Bossy Love’s magic. Initially starting off as a DJ/MC duo, Bossy Love soon developed a three-piece live show, with the addition of Ollie Cox on keys, homemade talkbox and backing vocals. On stage, Baillie Jr interjects his own phenomenal, frenetic drumming for three-part harmonies with Cox and Wilkinson, and whether singing or rapping, Wilkinson’s vocal prowess is spellbinding. As the front-woman, she merges confessional lyrics with a playful, IDGAF attitude, to command the entire room as the relatable, yet audaciously alpha heroine we all want and need. With explosive, searing energy from the very first bar, they command absolute stage presence with the ease, confidence and effortless charm that only comes from years spent honing their skills at the front of the world’s stages. Described by Dummy as “even more stunning live”, The Skinny also noted “it’s a brave band who let Bossy Love open for them.”
With this live show, Bossy Love have supported Kelis, Tank & The Bangas, Metronomy and Alma. Following their sold-out, debut headline UK tour, Bossy Love were invited to perform at The Edinburgh Fringe, The Great Escape and Glastonbury, where their set was televised live by the BBC. Bossy Love were invited back by the BBC for another live session this summer; which was broadcast across their radio and TV channels.
Finally home from tour, last year Bossy Love were awarded funding by the Scottish arts body Creative Scotland to build their studio in Glasgow, and have duly since spent the last year holed-up, recording new music. Baillie Jr also found time to produce the Kiss & Tell album for fellow Glaswegians, Babe, which was nominated for the revered Scottish Album Of The Year 2018 award.
While putting the finishing touches to their highly-anticipated debut album, Bossy Love are gearing up to release an EP, entitled Whiplash, in January 2019. It’s here we need to remind ourselves that, despite the phenomenal respect they already command, Whiplash will be Bossy Love’s debut EP release. Having already been compared to icons Prince, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson, one can only imagine what lies in store for these two exceptional talents as they get ready to unleash their new music on the world.
As The Herald said, "They light up the room and the sky and the city... Bossy Love is all you need."