Sandi Thom apologises after offending UK musical great

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By Oliver Farrimond

SCOTTISH singer Sandi Thom has been shamed into a public apology after offending an award-winning British composer.

Thom had to call celebrated musician and producer Nitin Swahney and say sorry for comments she made about him during an interview.

When discussing the influence of world music on her new album, she remarked that she “wasn’t going to come back sounding like Nitin Sawhney”.

Sawhney – who is one of the UK’s most respected and widely known arts patrons – took offence and called the Scots songstress shortly afterwards to demand an explanation.

The Scots songstress said: “Unfortunately I seem to have upset Nitin as he has been in direct contact with me.

“I have assured him that I have nothing but adoration for what he does and that I have always been a massive fan.

“This is just one of those unfortunate examples of a sentence coming out all wrong.”

Reports of the spat have come at the end of an eventful few months for Thom.

The singer-songwriter was forced to cancel the first show of her nationwide tour after the opening venue – Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms – burned to the ground.

She was also recently forced to clarify her political views after she performed a duet with First Minister Alex Salmond and her image was found adorning SNP campaign literature.

A spokesman for Nitin Sawhney declined to comment on the matter.

34 COMMENTS

  1. Im not to sure why Nitin would even worry to think that someone as inconsequential as Sandi Thom is worth contacting. Its not as if the Woman has any standing in the artistic community and certainly no one outside of it cares what she says. Im wondering why or how she has mamged to stay in the public eye considering she had one hit single three years ago and even that was terrible.

  2. Im not to sure why Nitin would even worry to think that someone as inconsequential as Sandi Thom is worth contacting. Its not as if the Woman has any standing in the artistic community and certainly no one outside of it cares what she says. Im wondering why or how she has mamged to stay in the public eye considering she had one hit single three years ago and even that was terrible.

  3. Im not to sure why Nitin would even worry to think that someone as inconsequential as Sandi Thom is worth contacting. Its not as if the Woman has any standing in the artistic community and certainly no one outside of it cares what she says. Im wondering why or how she has mamged to stay in the public eye considering she had one hit single three years ago and even that was terrible.

  4. Im not to sure why Nitin would even worry to think that someone as inconsequential as Sandi Thom is worth contacting. Its not as if the Woman has any standing in the artistic community and certainly no one outside of it cares what she says. Im wondering why or how she has mamged to stay in the public eye considering she had one hit single three years ago and even that was terrible.

  5. Congratulations Mr. Miller! You have demonstrated an exemplary talent in the practice of Belittling which, if her ‘infamous’ comment is anything to go by, Sandi Thom could not hope to match.

    I read the original article in which the comment appeared and laughed. What a faux pas, if ever there was one. I could only imagine the poor woman reading it and cringing with embarrassment because of how it might be interpreted. As I understood it, she was only trying to say that she was looking to draw inspiration from music from different cultures and had no intention of simply trying to imitate someone already widely recognised to be well-established in this area. I assumed that anybody reading that comment would’ve realised that it was not actually intended to be a put down and, I am sure that if the journalist had sensed that Sandi’s comment was meant to be derogatory in anyway, he would’ve asked for further explanation during the course of the interview.

    If there’s one thing that Nitin Sawnhey endeavours to imply through his music, it’s that we’re all human. It is human to occasionally express ourselves poorly just as it’s human to misunderstand eachother. Yes, we’re all human apparently, even the acerbic-tongued David Miller, bless him!

  6. I to looked at the statement made, i also for the sake of finding out more about Ms Thom before making comment and read quite a few other interviews that she has given and information available on the internet and it seems she is quite adept at putting her foot in it and making statements that cause controversy or generate press. The fact that she chooses to live her life out through the media and make it available for public consumption also means that she leaves herself wide open to critisism . As for belilittling, id say your very good at that yourself if you feel someone doesnt agree with your point of view, added to which condesension seems to be an up an coming pastime.

  7. I to looked at the statement made, i also for the sake of finding out more about Ms Thom before making comment and read quite a few other interviews that she has given and information available on the internet and it seems she is quite adept at putting her foot in it and making statements that cause controversy or generate press. The fact that she chooses to live her life out through the media and make it available for public consumption also means that she leaves herself wide open to critisism . As for belilittling, id say your very good at that yourself if you feel someone doesnt agree with your point of view, added to which condesension seems to be an up an coming pastime.

  8. I to looked at the statement made, i also for the sake of finding out more about Ms Thom before making comment and read quite a few other interviews that she has given and information available on the internet and it seems she is quite adept at putting her foot in it and making statements that cause controversy or generate press. The fact that she chooses to live her life out through the media and make it available for public consumption also means that she leaves herself wide open to critisism . As for belilittling, id say your very good at that yourself if you feel someone doesnt agree with your point of view, added to which condesension seems to be an up an coming pastime.

  9. I to looked at the statement made, i also for the sake of finding out more about Ms Thom before making comment and read quite a few other interviews that she has given and information available on the internet and it seems she is quite adept at putting her foot in it and making statements that cause controversy or generate press. The fact that she chooses to live her life out through the media and make it available for public consumption also means that she leaves herself wide open to critisism . As for belilittling, id say your very good at that yourself if you feel someone doesnt agree with your point of view, added to which condesension seems to be an up an coming pastime.

  10. Hmmm… I shall try harder next time. As for the Sandi’s of the world, I have to admit that I haven’t bothered to read any other interviews because I’m just not that interested. Once you let the media into your life if must be nigh impossible to shove them back out again. Is it possible for anyone to consistently say the right thing every time……… apart from me, of course!

  11. LOL,
    I have to say i agree with you about saying the right thing every time, and yes it must be very difficult to keep “Playing the game” as Sandi Thom must do every time she is interviewed. To be honest i thought with all the coverage that she has been given that she was in fact amongst the high flyers of the pop world she inhabits but looking again i can see i was wrong on that as well , as it seems that her future bookings include “Mum of the year” awards shows and a radio variety promotions gig …..Lily Allen she is not.
    Her talent seems to be being able to keep herself in the public eye more than her music. or record sales. The comment she made about Nitin was enough for him to contact her personaly and a public apology to be given so not everyone would have read it the same way as yourself, Nitin certainly didnt, but at the end of the day iits ended up as another promotional opportunity for Sand Thom to get her talked about and her name in the press.

  12. LOL,
    I have to say i agree with you about saying the right thing every time, and yes it must be very difficult to keep “Playing the game” as Sandi Thom must do every time she is interviewed. To be honest i thought with all the coverage that she has been given that she was in fact amongst the high flyers of the pop world she inhabits but looking again i can see i was wrong on that as well , as it seems that her future bookings include “Mum of the year” awards shows and a radio variety promotions gig …..Lily Allen she is not.
    Her talent seems to be being able to keep herself in the public eye more than her music. or record sales. The comment she made about Nitin was enough for him to contact her personaly and a public apology to be given so not everyone would have read it the same way as yourself, Nitin certainly didnt, but at the end of the day iits ended up as another promotional opportunity for Sand Thom to get her talked about and her name in the press.

  13. LOL,
    I have to say i agree with you about saying the right thing every time, and yes it must be very difficult to keep “Playing the game” as Sandi Thom must do every time she is interviewed. To be honest i thought with all the coverage that she has been given that she was in fact amongst the high flyers of the pop world she inhabits but looking again i can see i was wrong on that as well , as it seems that her future bookings include “Mum of the year” awards shows and a radio variety promotions gig …..Lily Allen she is not.
    Her talent seems to be being able to keep herself in the public eye more than her music. or record sales. The comment she made about Nitin was enough for him to contact her personaly and a public apology to be given so not everyone would have read it the same way as yourself, Nitin certainly didnt, but at the end of the day iits ended up as another promotional opportunity for Sand Thom to get her talked about and her name in the press.

  14. LOL,
    I have to say i agree with you about saying the right thing every time, and yes it must be very difficult to keep “Playing the game” as Sandi Thom must do every time she is interviewed. To be honest i thought with all the coverage that she has been given that she was in fact amongst the high flyers of the pop world she inhabits but looking again i can see i was wrong on that as well , as it seems that her future bookings include “Mum of the year” awards shows and a radio variety promotions gig …..Lily Allen she is not.
    Her talent seems to be being able to keep herself in the public eye more than her music. or record sales. The comment she made about Nitin was enough for him to contact her personaly and a public apology to be given so not everyone would have read it the same way as yourself, Nitin certainly didnt, but at the end of the day iits ended up as another promotional opportunity for Sand Thom to get her talked about and her name in the press.

  15. Oh now, there you go Sandi-bashing again! Hoe do we know you’re not one of her ‘people’ (or ‘person’ if she’s on a tight budget) who’s experimenting with reverse psychology in order to gain her a wider audience, eh?

  16. Did I say ‘hoe’? I meant ‘how’ of course, although I am now a little worried that @hoe’ might ring me up personally and demand an apology…. 😉

  17. I can assure you im most definately not “one of hers” and i shouldnt think reverse psychology would be something that could actually work regarding Sandi Thom.
    No, my Sandi -bashing as you call it stems from my being absolutely fed up with fame obssessed no talent (or little talent if i want to be generous) wannabes who flood the media and airwaves with their drivel on a daily basis, Happily assisted by big corperate companies who are partners in crime by hyping up and creating marketing scams on the general public who unfortunately take the bait a lot of the time.
    Sandi Thom being an obvious case in point with the “Internet Sensation” claim that when investigated turned out to be nothing but a huge promotional junket by publicity agencies and record company working together.
    It not a personal vendetta against the Woman but she has become figurehead for what happens when record companies and publicity agencies get caught out trying to pull a fast one on the public in the name of profits, Id never really took much notice of her until this article and then when i looked her up on the internet to get some background , It made for interesting reading, not so much about Sandi herself because to be honest there isnt to much to say about her beyond that she really needs to read her own press and stop contradicting herself on an almost daily basis, but more about the workings of big business in the music world and the fame game, and how three years after the supposed latest internet sensation the artist has not had a single or album thats scraped any where near the top 20 and the company putting the material out has lost total interest in her and yet there she is almost every week, in some interview or other smiling out at us….why? no one or next to no one buys her material any longer, her first hit was a novelty single and an album that sold on the back of it, her sales prove that no ones interested , and yet the hunger for fame keeps her and many like her at it.
    @hoe wouldnt be offended, how could they? 🙂

  18. I can assure you im most definately not “one of hers” and i shouldnt think reverse psychology would be something that could actually work regarding Sandi Thom.
    No, my Sandi -bashing as you call it stems from my being absolutely fed up with fame obssessed no talent (or little talent if i want to be generous) wannabes who flood the media and airwaves with their drivel on a daily basis, Happily assisted by big corperate companies who are partners in crime by hyping up and creating marketing scams on the general public who unfortunately take the bait a lot of the time.
    Sandi Thom being an obvious case in point with the “Internet Sensation” claim that when investigated turned out to be nothing but a huge promotional junket by publicity agencies and record company working together.
    It not a personal vendetta against the Woman but she has become figurehead for what happens when record companies and publicity agencies get caught out trying to pull a fast one on the public in the name of profits, Id never really took much notice of her until this article and then when i looked her up on the internet to get some background , It made for interesting reading, not so much about Sandi herself because to be honest there isnt to much to say about her beyond that she really needs to read her own press and stop contradicting herself on an almost daily basis, but more about the workings of big business in the music world and the fame game, and how three years after the supposed latest internet sensation the artist has not had a single or album thats scraped any where near the top 20 and the company putting the material out has lost total interest in her and yet there she is almost every week, in some interview or other smiling out at us….why? no one or next to no one buys her material any longer, her first hit was a novelty single and an album that sold on the back of it, her sales prove that no ones interested , and yet the hunger for fame keeps her and many like her at it.
    @hoe wouldnt be offended, how could they? 🙂

  19. I can assure you im most definately not “one of hers” and i shouldnt think reverse psychology would be something that could actually work regarding Sandi Thom.
    No, my Sandi -bashing as you call it stems from my being absolutely fed up with fame obssessed no talent (or little talent if i want to be generous) wannabes who flood the media and airwaves with their drivel on a daily basis, Happily assisted by big corperate companies who are partners in crime by hyping up and creating marketing scams on the general public who unfortunately take the bait a lot of the time.
    Sandi Thom being an obvious case in point with the “Internet Sensation” claim that when investigated turned out to be nothing but a huge promotional junket by publicity agencies and record company working together.
    It not a personal vendetta against the Woman but she has become figurehead for what happens when record companies and publicity agencies get caught out trying to pull a fast one on the public in the name of profits, Id never really took much notice of her until this article and then when i looked her up on the internet to get some background , It made for interesting reading, not so much about Sandi herself because to be honest there isnt to much to say about her beyond that she really needs to read her own press and stop contradicting herself on an almost daily basis, but more about the workings of big business in the music world and the fame game, and how three years after the supposed latest internet sensation the artist has not had a single or album thats scraped any where near the top 20 and the company putting the material out has lost total interest in her and yet there she is almost every week, in some interview or other smiling out at us….why? no one or next to no one buys her material any longer, her first hit was a novelty single and an album that sold on the back of it, her sales prove that no ones interested , and yet the hunger for fame keeps her and many like her at it.
    @hoe wouldnt be offended, how could they? 🙂

  20. I can assure you im most definately not “one of hers” and i shouldnt think reverse psychology would be something that could actually work regarding Sandi Thom.
    No, my Sandi -bashing as you call it stems from my being absolutely fed up with fame obssessed no talent (or little talent if i want to be generous) wannabes who flood the media and airwaves with their drivel on a daily basis, Happily assisted by big corperate companies who are partners in crime by hyping up and creating marketing scams on the general public who unfortunately take the bait a lot of the time.
    Sandi Thom being an obvious case in point with the “Internet Sensation” claim that when investigated turned out to be nothing but a huge promotional junket by publicity agencies and record company working together.
    It not a personal vendetta against the Woman but she has become figurehead for what happens when record companies and publicity agencies get caught out trying to pull a fast one on the public in the name of profits, Id never really took much notice of her until this article and then when i looked her up on the internet to get some background , It made for interesting reading, not so much about Sandi herself because to be honest there isnt to much to say about her beyond that she really needs to read her own press and stop contradicting herself on an almost daily basis, but more about the workings of big business in the music world and the fame game, and how three years after the supposed latest internet sensation the artist has not had a single or album thats scraped any where near the top 20 and the company putting the material out has lost total interest in her and yet there she is almost every week, in some interview or other smiling out at us….why? no one or next to no one buys her material any longer, her first hit was a novelty single and an album that sold on the back of it, her sales prove that no ones interested , and yet the hunger for fame keeps her and many like her at it.
    @hoe wouldnt be offended, how could they? 🙂

  21. Sounds like you’ve got the makings of a great book there – fictional of course. Fortunately, a lack of chart-topping hits hasn’t adversely affected Nitin Sawhney’s career, but then he does keep himself to himself!

  22. Ah but with Nitin theres no shadow of a doubt that the man is enormously talented. He doesnt actually need to rely on exposure in the gutter press unlike some.

  23. Ah but with Nitin theres no shadow of a doubt that the man is enormously talented. He doesnt actually need to rely on exposure in the gutter press unlike some.

  24. Ah but with Nitin theres no shadow of a doubt that the man is enormously talented. He doesnt actually need to rely on exposure in the gutter press unlike some.

  25. Ah but with Nitin theres no shadow of a doubt that the man is enormously talented. He doesnt actually need to rely on exposure in the gutter press unlike some.

  26. Sorry about delayed response but @hoe rang me up and bent my ear with a severe ticking off – that’s the last time I shall ever mention @hoe again, I can tell you! Yes, Nitin Sawhney is pretty good and (struggling songstresses take note) I believe that he’s running a free workshop at the Apple Store on the 28th. 8-|

  27. I dunno, mistakes are mistakes, and I quite like her, If not for talent just for the effort of trying. I couldnt do any better.

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