We saw Amy and Pete at the first gig of their tour. It was like being present at a reunion between two great friends who were excited to see each other for the first time. We the audience have become used to seeing bands who spend a lot of time with each other obstructing the performance with a fog of ongoing feuds. Seeing Amy and Pete's genuine friendship engulf the stage was invigorating for the audience and created a easygoing atmosphere.
Pete is an exceptional guitarist who enhances every song with delicate acoustic decoration, while Amy keeps the song on track with her secure rhythm. Amy also takes to the Piano which give their music another dynamic. Both Amy and Pete have brilliant voices making them hugely versatility taking it in turn to sing. The contrast between a female and male voice means between them they can tackle any song as they are able to sing from two different perspectives. Amy and Pete are fine song writers, their writing is honest and lets you peer into their world. Amy sings an emotional song called 'Drifting', which is of an inspiring close friend of Amy's. She also sings of her children, which lets us see into her family life. We left the performance feeling we knew more about Amy and Pete than we do our close personal friends.
YOUR SONGS ARE VERY PERSONAL DO YOU EVER CENSOR YOURSELF?
Not consciously, If something's happening in our lives invariably that's what we would write about. It's almost our duty as songwriters, it's like sitting at the top of the crows nest look out and writing about what we see. Some songs we may not like to revisit once that moment of time has past because it might be to painful. But you mustn't under estimate an audience, if you playing a gig and you mean what you're sing the audience appreciate it, they are very perceptive you can't kid them. Also we couldn't do it night after night if we weren't sincere.
IS IT DIFFICULT WRITING PERSONAL SONGS IN EACH OTHERS COMPANY?
It doesn't always happen but luckily we (Amy & Pete) hit it off the moment we met. As musicians we spend so much time in each others company and there is very little that we don't know about each other. So when it comes to writing we don't have any insecurity between the two of us. If there was any type of insecurity with each other we wouldn't be able to write together.
HOW DID YOUR CAREER IN MUSIC START?
Pete: "I starting playing guitar when I was 7 and did my first gig when I was 12. It was a three piece band and the other guys were about 16. We played a rough pub in Liverpool and I got paid £15". "At the age of 12 I just when out a bought like 1000 Mars bars".
Amy: "I had my first record deal when I was 14 and was writing songs at the age of 9".
WHAT WAS YOU FIRST GIG AS A DUO LIKE?
Our first gig was a sell out gig in Durham. We thought it went great because it was a sell out so we went for a pizza after the show. It was then when we realised we had left £2000 worth of equipment in a lift. All the money we made at the gig we had to spend on a courier who went to collect our gear.
WHAT'S YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT?
Pete: “Having a Family, my wife and kids are my proudest moments without a doubt”.
Amy: “Yeah my kiddies and husband as well”.
(Note from Music Unbuttoned; if you Google Amy Wadge & Google Pete Riley to see their achievements in music you will appreciated how humbled this answer was, genuine nice people).