TOFM: Thanks for allowing us to interrupt work on your album. You’ve finished recording it, right?
Amy Macdonald: [laughs] It’s nearly finished. We’re sprinkling the fairy dust on top. It’s been a long process but we’ve been taking our time so we can get as close to perfect as possible.
TOFM: Are you doing anything differently this time round?
AM: I’ve written songs with other people for the first time. It’s actually been a lot easier having someone to bounce ideas off. It’s still very much me, but feels more interesting. It’s also the first time I’ve given up control. [laughs]
TOFM: What prompted the change?
AM: My bass player and I shared a long car journey, and he said he wanted to start writing. We wrote a really great song in just one day and decided to keep at it. When you do something the same way over and over, the magic can fade a bit. It made me love the whole song-writing process all over again.
TOFM: Have you got a good feeling about the new material?
AM: When we first wrote the songs, I had the most amazing feeling. But it’s been so long since we started that I’m beginning to doubt myself again. Then I hear songs that are massive hits that I think are absolute rubbish. I don’t know if anything is good or bad anymore! I’m not the sort of person who’s going to change their style just to get airplay. I write songs and I sing them, I like touring and performing. I’m not going to change who I am.
TOFM: Some things have changed, though. Since we last saw you, you’ve got some tattoos.
AM: I’ve always loved them, but have always had a phobia about needles. For some reason, I got over that, and anyone who’s ever had one tattoo done will tell you that you immediately want another. I also think it’s really empowering for a woman to get tattoos. There’s a lot of sexist rubbish about whether women should get them or not. That just makes me more determined to get more and more of them.
TOFM: Is this part of an image makeover?
AM: Nooo, this is a personal thing, not an image thing. If I hear a great song, I couldn’t care less what the person singing it looks like.
TOFM: Right, cars – have you still got the 458 Speciale?
AM: Yep, I’ve still got it. I’m also waiting for my 488 GTB to arrive, it’s due any day now. The Speciale is a modern classic, I couldn’t get rid of it. I didn’t need to sell it, fortunately. I love driving it, it’s such an engaging car, and I would miss it deeply. I’ve only done 2,000 miles in it, but I’ve loved every one of them. I’m not interested in getting rid of it. So I thought I’d better have a yellow one to go with the red one.
Amy’s fourth album is due to be released this autumn. A world tour is also planned, with a pit-stop in Maranello high on the agenda