Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist?
I fell out of love with performing after a long stint of playing live shows with a previous band, and spent several years gathering my energy back, and also adjusting my expectations. I started again once I rediscovered my passion and motivation around writing and recording my solo material.
Introduce us all to the members and your musical history?
Just little old me! Wow, this goes back longer than I like to admit to myself! It began strongly from about 13, teaching myself guitar with a love of Radiohead, John Frusciante, Led Zeppelin (the list could go on forever…). I soon started experimenting at writing and recording with a digital tape 4-track portastudio, which was the starting point for my solo composing. Playing in bands was also a big thing in my teens, until I hit my twenties and formed an alt dark folk band and gigged most of the venues and festivals around the Oxford area.
Mr career took off in 2012 when I was hired as a composer and sound designer for a company that develop online slot machines (where I remained employed to this very day!) I have since taken a lot more of a professional approach to music making, and have learned how to make the most out of the technology we have available and am keen on shedding quite an electronic light on most of my latest compositions.
It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?
I’ve tried to keep myself sane by keeping busy with the day job, as well as making my own music. Seeing people as and when the rules have allowed has helped a lot, but oh man is this winter lockdown really hitting hard…
How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?
That’s a funny one. It seemed most people wanted to see the back end of 2020 and expected a magical transition back to normality once 2021 arrived… I’m trying to stay as positive as possible, but that is hard sometimes. But saying that, you can always put a positive spin on things 🙂 With all the creative work I have achieved over the passed year I’m definitely feeling positive at the moment!
How has 2020 effected your mental health?
And 2021!? It’s something I have been wary of, so I have been trying to be as kind to myself as possible. Healthy eating, exercise and not drinking too much have been key, as the opposites to all those don’t make a healthy mind in these unique days. Although I still haven’t been kick the nicotine addiction fully… But hey, I’m not going to beat myself up about it!
What advise would you give other artists starting out?
Pretty simple and to the point. Experiment as much as possible, and take the time to find your own voice and style.
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Any question concerning myself, haha.
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the local circuit?
‘Put Your Clothes On’ by Quartermelon (and pretty much every Radiohead song if that counts).
What support is out there for new artists in Oxford?
Well, before the world turned to shit, there was plenty of venues for playing and interesting open mic nights around the place, as well as great publications supporting the local scene.
If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?
Being a giant of a man.
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
Hmmmmmm, my Stephen Hawking voice?
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Probably when I played Cornbury a few years back and having a huge stage to prance about on with bare feet on a blazing hot day.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Playing another festival where my guitar failed to work at beginning of the set, putting us about 10 minutes behind schedule. As soon as we got going into the first song I forgot to put a capo on my guitar, so when everyone else came in we were all horribly out of tune with each other and had to stop and start again! Oh dear. You’ve just got to laugh these things off and make fun of yourself and everything is ok.
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Shit, that’s hard! John Bonham on drums. Flea on bass. Jonny Greenwood on guitar. Tom Waits on vocals. The first names that came to mind, but could make a pretty interesting combination.
What advise would you give your younger self?
Never take yourself seriously.
Whats your biggest achievement as a band/Artist?
What makes you stand out as a band/Artist?
Again, being a giant of a man.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Narcissistic personality disorder.
Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh ?
Well, being a solo artist, maybe the last time I got through a shed load of gin by myself?
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
I often prefer playing other people’s songs live. Leonard Cohen’s ‘Avalanche’ comes to mind. I feel I’ve taken my own spin on it and made it my own, and feel the raw emotion every time I perform it.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
It’s been described as slow core which is the first time I’ve come across that genre! Seems to fit the bill though. It’s a piano and dirty bass-driven tale of embracing negativity and being our own worst enemy.
How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?
As a solo artist who writes and records everything himself it has been pretty simple for me as I have everything at home. I produce my material up to a half-decent mix, then in recent days have passed the stems over digitally to Big Boys Studios for a final mix and master.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I have a number of single releases to be followed by a 10-track album scheduled for the end of July. This is to be released by the ever ongoing support of the wonderful Big Whoop Records. The album has been ongoing in terms of writing and production for a number of years now, so is very close to my heart. There will also be merchandise releases along the way, as well as some different forms of media the than audio… So it’s going to be a Mosa filled year 🙂
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Stay safe, treat yourself with care, and don’t be scared to ask for help. These times can be scary and lonely, but the world is still a wonderful place full of wonderful and empathic people.