Hiya Greg, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us today. mate take a seat.
What made you decide to go for it as an artist? I was hooked into guitar music from an early age through good music taste from my parents & Uncle. Artists I remember hearing were the likes of Crowded House, Beautiful South through to Jimi Hendrix & Led Zeppelin.
One of the earliest memories I have is watching The Beatles ‘A Hard Days Night’ film maybe aged 8 and being absorbed by the music. I’ve been in bands writing songs since a teenager doing plenty of gigs along the way. Since 2014 I started being a solo singer-songwriter supporting some great bands & artists such as DMA’s, Bill Ryder-Jones, Paul Draper, James Walsh to name a few, but not had the time to fully concentrate on getting my music out there. Now is the right time in my life to focus on my music and I’ve got plenty of songs ready to record & release this year and beyond.
What is the unsigned scene in Stoke like at the minute? It’s a healthy scene with a good mix of more established bands/artists and a younger generation coming through. Stoke has some great grassroots music venues like The Sugarmill and The Underground which give an opportunity to local artists to get a foot on the ladder as well as local radio support from BBC Introducing from Stoke.
Is there enough support out there for new artists? For me, it comes down to if you have good songs and are willing to put in the hard work and graft. The support is there if you find it, you can do so much now to be heard without a label or a manager due to the power of social media and how people source new music. Social media is great to reach new people and get your name out there but you also have to be realistic and realise there’s a lot of other bands and singer-songwriters vying to be heard and spotted. You will get plenty of knock backs in the industry but just be true to yourself and believe in what you do.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I wouldn’t be able to pin it down to one gig but any time you play a gig with a good crowd that are into the music you get a real buzz. If you have people approach you after the gig who have enjoyed it, you know you’re on the right tracks.
What was the worst experience on stage?
My old band were doing our last ever show and it was going very well until near the end. Our bassist’s temperamental amp decided to cut out and took forever to kick back in, 5-10 minutes felt like a lifetime. As soon as it had kicked back in, I turned around to find the drummer on his hands and knees trying to fix his Hi-Hat stand where one of the bolts had disappeared. Not the climax we had envisaged!
Tell us something about you think people would be surprised about? I owned a piece of turf from the old Wembley Stadium which I won in a competition in the football magazine Shoot. History right there….
What’s your biggest achievement? To everyone’s surprise including my own, I achieved a first class degree in Journalism at De Montfort University. Musically, Glastonbury I’m available for next year!
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Strong vocals, lyrics and melody.
Its strange times at the min with the virus almost stopping the whole live music scene in uk and abroad, how do you stay productive while we get through this?
By continuing to write and develop new songs ready for when I’m allowed to go back into the studio to record.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh? I’m in a WhatsApp group with some mates called Curry Club. Let’s just say there are a few characters in there with plenty of stories and shenanigans!
We recently premiered your latest single, hows it all going and what is the song about?
The initial feedback has all been really positive and hopefully it will continue to gain momentum. The song is about coming through adversity and having a positive mindset towards the future; something we could all do with a bit of in the current climate.
What’s coming up in 2020?
I‘m looking forward to performing at a live gig again with a busy crowd but in the short term setting up some acoustic live streamed sessions.