A top, up and coming songwriter, Brendan Dolton’s new single ‘Medium’ is a classy little number which indicates that this artist could well be on his way to a successful career. Focusing his writing on a raw, emotional core is an approach that seems to work for Dolton, and you can expect similarly open and honest responses to our Q&A below.
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music? – I have had an interest in music from a very young age. My Dad played in bands and I was always fascinated by his guitars and whatever music he was listening to at the time.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry? – I’m not out to make it massive. If I can make a living out of doing something I love and create something that’s meaningful and honest that people can relate to on an emotional level then I reckon I’d be content.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music? – I think early 2014 is when i started writing music for myself and not just writing something I thought other people would want to hear. If people like what I’m putting out then that’s cool too.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date? – Thats a tough one. I’m not sure I know the answer to that one yet. If I had to say anything I guess it would be; being able to bring a bunch of my friends together to make this single happen. From all the recording right down to the cover illustrations, it was all friends that helped me do it. So it’s kind of nice being able to collaborate together on something like that.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences? – My influences are pretty varied, from the likes of Architects all the way to the Eagles, my tastes are pretty wide. But hopefully you will get vibes of City & Colour, Ryan Adams and Bon Iver, maybe even a bit of Neil Young. It’s always hard to compare your own music to your influences but yeah, I think those are pretty heavy influences for me.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release? – It’s a personal single, my music is very open and honest, so hopefully people will find something to connect and relate to. Whether its loss, lust or anguish as long as it resonates with some facet of the listener then I have done what I had set out to do.
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to? – I don’t really know how to pigeon-hole myself into one genre so don’t think i could recommend any similar but locally theres a ton of talented artists out there right now. I’m really digging Elvira Stitt. She’s a Singer/Songwriter and her voice just doesn’t quit, it just goes and goes. Also Finn LeMarinel is incredible, not dissimilar to Keaton Henson.
- Any gigs coming up? – Yeah! I’m playing a few shows this August which you can find on my Facebook page and I’m doing a whole heap of shows in October with some of my favourite bands so it should be fun! Some of the shows are way up in the highlands, I like the idea of playing outside of the major cities and just playing to a small intimate crowd.
- Where can we find/follow you online? – I’m on most of the usual haunts; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Medium is out now via Meraki Records.