Britt Scott recently returned from working on her first EP in Virginia Beach with her dad, drummer Tom Scott.
Britt is a familiar Savannah face thanks to her band, Lovely Locks, and regular shows as a lounge singer at The House of Mata Hari. We sat down with Scott to learn more about her album and new acoustic Americana band, the American Hologram - a collaboration with other Savannah music scene staples Eric Britt, Craig Tanner and Eric Dunn.
DO: Until recently, you were in your hometown of Virginia Beach working on an EP with your father. What's the status of that project?
Scott: Since it's the first album either of us has recorded, there is a learning curve. It will take us more time than we originally hoped to complete the album because we want to do it right and haven't been rushing the process. ... It's been rewarding hearing my Garageband demos translate into a live band performance. They almost sound like real songs.
DO: What's the rest of 2013 hold for you?
Scott: I recently moved back to Savannah to play more live shows and get inspired by the city again. Savannah is where I became the musician I am today, so it's hard for me not to consider this home. I recently got a day job in the admissions department at SCAD, which has been really stimulating. And I'm actually going on three years performing at Savannah's only speakeasy. How time flies. In addition to singing torch songs and wearing fancy dresses, I also participate in the burlesque-inspired variety shows Mata Hari produces.
They are presently few and far between, but after the new year should become a regular event. We are currently working on a Vegas-themed show set to open this fall. I foresee the rest of this year as one to regain a sense of stability, develop my musical talents through gigging and guidance of other musicians, grow Lovely Locks as a band and a brand, and to continue working on my EP long-distance while maintaining a strong relationship with my family.
DO: What can people that come to your American Hologram shows expect?
Scott: We formed the project this summer after I heard Eric Britt's CD, "Greener," and sporadically joined in on some of his gigs. We have a chill acoustic Americana vibe similar to the likes of Ray LaMontagne and Neil Young guest starring Stevie Nicks. ... Usually we don't have a drummer, and part of my role is to supplement the rhythm using a stomp box, tambourine and shaker ... On Aug. 16 at Retro on Congress, my father, Tom Scott, will be guest drumming with us, and that's a show not to be missed!
DO: What do you think needs to happen to further improve Savannah's music scene?
Scott: I think with the addition of Savannah Stopover and national networking done by our local musicians, touring bands are starting to consider Savannah an actual gig destination.
The local scene is a little spread out amongst regions, but more and more musicians are connecting through open mics and mutual friends, contributing to the formation of new bands. Everyone is really supportive here and loves playing with each other.
The main issue is keeping it fresh and people interested, while sticking to your own personal artistic goals. Sometimes it's a struggle to get people to see you as an original band while simultaneously playing gigs in order to make a living.
But in all honesty, I think doing both makes us stronger, experienced performers. No one should ever say there's no live music in Savannah. Every night of the week, I know someone playing music somewhere, and most of the time, there's no cover charge. The culture here is rich with talent and humility, and I think the size of the community actually keeps it that way.
We could make the scene stronger by changing our mindset of what the music scene is here in Savannah.
First of all, acknowledge that there is one. It may not be huge, but it's thriving, and new bands and genres are constantly popping up.
Secondly, one of the best things about Savannah is the ability to create something when there's a gap. If you don't think there's a strong punk scene, start a punk band or a make a 'zine to promote shows or a clothing company specializing in band shirts, and most importantly, attend shows and buy merchandise from local bands.
Next time someone complains about Savannah not having a music scene, ask them what they are doing to contribute to it.
IF YOU GO
What: American Hologram
When: 7-10 p.m. Aug. 1
Where: North Beach Grill, 33 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island
OTHER UPCOMING SHOWS
What: Lovely Locks with Wave Slaves (Savannah) and Tape Waves (Charleston)
When: 10 p.m. Aug. 3
Where: Hangfire Bar, 37 Whitaker St.
What: Lovely Locks (acoustic set)
When: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 16. All ages
Where: Blowin' Smoke, 1611 Habersham St.
What: American Hologram
When: 10 p.m. Aug. 16. 21+
Where: Retro on Congress, 125 W. Congress St.
What: American Hologram
When: 10 p.m. Aug. 17. 21+
Where: Molly MacPherson's, 311 W. Congress St.