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What made you decide become a soloist?
I have participated in all aspects of performing arts from an early age and, around the age of 9, I started to really concentrate on my passion for singing. Over the next few years I was a part of various groups, duos, trios, all of which I loved. As I grew up, life happened and members went down other paths or focussed on families and outside careers however because of how much I loved to perform and entertain, I decided to pursue a solo career.
The choice to go solo came with its highs and lows, as expected, but I will forever be overwhelmed by the amount of support I got from fans, friends and family. In my early 20’s, after multiple success’ and various failures as a solo artist, I felt like the music I was creating and the area in which I was working was no longer producing the same passion that I felt when I first got into the solo industry and so I decided to leave the music industry and focus on myself from a personal angle, my family life and my career outside of music.
A worked as a Quantity Surveyor and focused on building a career in the construction industry, which I loved and flourished in, but in all honesty, I felt the pull of the music trying to draw me back into the Industry. I would have people I hadn’t seen in a long time ask me the same things, time and time again, ‘when’s your next gig?’, ‘any new music coming out soon?’, ‘will I see you perform at such event?’. I was so torn by a life long career in a conventional job, regular wage, security or the spontaneity, the adrenaline rush of the crowd, the fulfilment I got after a show but most importantly the passion I felt for creating music.
It wasn’t until around 2019, I was asked, ‘what do you really want to do…..?’
The answer in my heart was the music. Performing and entertaining is just at the core of me and although I enjoy my conventional career it never filled the hole left by my choice to leave the music industry. I do not regret the time I took to focus on myself as I have grown as a person and feel like the music I am creating and the shows I will be performing are above and beyond what I was creating when I was younger.
Its crazy how decisions in life can take you down different roads and yet, I still ended up on the road I started after all this time – one thing I am truly sure on is that I wouldn’t change a thing.
It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?
I suppose it goes without saying, lockdown has been tough on us all, but certainly others more. I am blessed to have good health, a roof over my head and food on my table, something others haven’t had. I, like many, had my good days and bad days, my stay in bed all days and my get up early and crush the day days, but I think for me, being able to stay in touch with family is what has been a real supporting factor of staying level minded. I have had my home studio in 3 different rooms of the house over the last year, and that was a huge job that kept me busy each time and I have had the opportunity to work on new material and build relationships with producers and artists globally and have an array of tracks coming out this year as part of the outcome.
How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?
I try and always stay positive regardless; there is such a long way to go before life can resume some kind of normality, whatever that may be, but I think promoting to each other that talking is good, communication and keep in touch with friends and family is important, whether it be a text message, a phone call or a DM on social media, it will drive positive vibes and start to negate uncertainty. We are all in this madness together.
How has 2020 effected your mental health?
Like I said before, I have had good and bad days, weeks even, and I have had times where I lost motivation, my diet went poor – one month I had 18 take-aways through sheer lack of enthusiasm and utter laziness, not only did it cost me a small fortune but it was more than half of a month where I had fallen in to this rut of neglect for myself and my wellbeing and it was really difficult to snap out of it!
In the end, we have a white board on the fridge in the kitchen, and we decided that once it was written in black and white, it was a challenge set – so it was decided, ‘no take-aways for 45 days’. That meant getting back into the habit of cooking and it was hard at first, but it became easier each day.
I train more, rehearse regular and always tell myself that remaining positive and thankful for the little things in life is key to being happy and in a good state of mind.
How are you feeling now the road map has been announced and live gig can return?
I am excited for it all ! Although, it hasn’t happened, until its happened !
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit in Bolton?
Bolton have lots of artists and bands with immense talent, it would be difficult to pick one let alone just one song
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
I can whistle and hum at the same time, whilst wiggling my ears……………………..* queue tumbleweed
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Has to be at Maspalomas Gay Pride in 2013 – crazy crowd, amazing hosts and awesome line up – the best part of the weekend was though, was when the crowd were all singing my songs back to me.. it was spine tingling
What was the worst experience on stage?
Anyone who tells you they have never had a bum gig, is telling fibs. I remember when I used to tour the pubs and night clubs around the North West and I would say a good share of those were empty. I bounce off a crowd but I was told to always see those nights as a paid rehearsal. It was not that easy though.
Whats your biggest achievement as a Artist?
#1 in Japan charts was a biggie, its going back a few years but the track beat the likes of Calvin Harris and David Guetta so that was a pretty epic moment for me.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
My latest single “Rogue” .. although I have not had the chance to do it yet, but I am SO excited.
There has been a few snippets and previews on Instagram of the rehearsals ready for my first live show in 2021 and its going to be amazing.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
ROGUE – my first major release as an independent artist and by far my most prized. I loved doing this track, I worked with an epic ghost producer for the beat and then with a super fellow song writer (Caroline B) for the melody and lyrics. We talked for hours over concepts and ideas, but ultimately after I told the story of what I wanted it to derive from, we became unstoppable with it.
It took a while to get it to a place where I felt it portrayed what I wanted it too and to give the empowering vibe, and then I sat on it for months before it was signed to DeeVu Records.
How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?
I am lucky to have a home set up, so can do whatever I need to do and more from there. I am now learning to produce as well, so who knows !
What are your plans for the year ahead
I have lots of strategies noted, depending on how this year pans with the lockdown and restrictions, but I know I will most likely just keep doing what I am doing now – which is write and record new stuff, and just try and build more and more relationships within the industry.
I have a few more releases set for the year which I am really excited to share with my family, friends and fans and hope they all continue with me on this mad journey ☺.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Please follow my socials and join the growing #TeamRedd .. there is loads on the way and it’s very exciting !