- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
According to my parents, there used to be a program on TV when I was very young, possibly five or six. There would be a character who played a song called aching drum on his guitar, and using my granddads gold clubs I would pretend to strum along to the tune as if I was playing, so that in a sense I suppose. But my first proper musical interests came around 13. My nan had a piano in her house and as a curious inquisitive child I’d always mess around on it. Eventually, I’d try and play songs by earn that i’d heard on the car radio.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
To build enough of a fan base, and become a solid enough musical act to be able to tour full time, and keep releasing the sort of music I want to write. One day as well, I’d love to write the John Lewis Advert Christmas song!
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I started writing poems first. I’ve always been a keen poetry writer , and I still am to this day. Many a poem has been turned into a lyric. The first songs that I wrote though were with my first ever band with my best friends (who i’m still very much in touch with). I was about 15 at the time. Myself and James were keen english literature/theatre students and would work on lyres together, whilst all of us chipped in with the musical ideas, melodies and the like.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Possibly the most exciting thing to happen to me was when my debut EP found its way into the Singer-Songwriter Albums charts at number 28. When I put my first solo piece of work out I didn’t expect anything from it in terms of that, and was such a pleasant surprise. Attending the BBC Masterclass last year (2013) was probably joint first with that. Heading down to the event and feeling that buzz of musical minds and creativity in the air was electric. It was there I actually met Dan Fable, now a friend and fellow collaborator (we released a song together called ‘The Girl I Used To Know’.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
I think if you dig hard enough, Paul Simon underpins a lot of what I write. Simon & Garfunkel was the first act that I would say I was really really into growing up. There sense of melody, sentiment lyric and musical structure just struck a chord with me (pardon the pun). City and Colour ( Dallas Green) is also hiding in my music. My then drummer Greg Ryder showed introduced me to him, i’ve seen him three times live and we listening to him over summers non stop.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
The current release is a real blend between singer/Songwriter sounds, and Country/Blues (the last track in particular). It’s nearly all autobiographical , and the parts of lyric that aren’t are about people I know who have met in person.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Jess Thristan is a very talented singer/songwriter who I would certainly recommend a listen for. There’s a manchester band too called The Slow Show who are just fantastic (and not that I am bis because there pianist is my producer); they have a unique dulcet sound, and Rob their lead singer has such a stand out voice.
- Where can we find/follow you online?