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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BRISTOLS FINN MCGOWAN 

Hi, Finn thanks for joining us today. What made you decide to become a soloist?

Probably being involved in multiple singing/talent competitions in school. The first time I sang on stage without a group was with my best friend, we sang a cover of ‘Little talks’ by Of Monsters and Men. I just remember thinking at that point that singing was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life, whether that be as a solo artist or with a band. 

Introduce yourself and your musical history?

My name’s Finn McGowan and I’m an electronic pop/soul artist from the UK. Started singing publicly at 16, then learnt how to play guitar, learnt how to songwrite, taught myself piano and then learnt how to produce music in my bedroom. That pretty much takes us to today, where I’m studying a masters degree in songwriting. 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

‘Who is this song about. To be honest I barely know who my songs are about half the time, let alone what they’re about. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Not really, although it does fascinate me how the human imagination can run wild. Some theories have some credibility, but some are just completely bonkers. 

What useless party trick do you have? 

I can do a really good impression of a train station announcer..

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

It’s the best thing when people come up to you after a set and complement you. It’s a great feeling to know that I entertained them. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Probably when someone shouted encore and I froze for about 5 minutes because I didn’t know what to play.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I auditioned for the royal school of ballet aged 7. Don’t remember most of it, but I’m fairly sure I’ve still got the t-shirt they gave me.

If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it? 

Sad and angry boy creates sad and angry sound waves on a laptop.

What makes you stand out as an Artist?

Probably the emotional vulnerability in my voice. I think it’s a rare thing, especially for men.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )

Probably the way the UK government is being run at the moment. I’m definitely not alone in that thought, and there’s too much to unpack in a single question, but yeah, life is hard for a lot of people in this country right now. 

What’s your favorite song to play live and why?

Probably a track I released in November 2021 called ‘Heaven Bound’. Love playing the chord progression on guitar. Something about it is really satisfying to me. 



I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

Porcelain is an angry track about two faced people. It’s high energy, with a bit of guitar and a lot of synths. Moving away from home taught me people aren’t always honest, and it’s frustrating trying to figure out who’s being transparent and who isn’t. That is the general inspiration for the track anyway. 

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

The entire track is based around the opening guitar hook, I basically worked my way onward from there. The rap was the hardest bit to write, and I’ve lost count of how many takes it took me to get the flow of it how I wanted, I can be a bit of a perfectionist in that regard. But a lot of the creation of this track was just kind of throwing ideas at the wall and seeing if they worked, if they didn’t, I just scrapped what I’d done and tried again until I found something I liked.

What was the recording process like?

Well it was mostly midi except for the vocals, so a lot of it was just me slamming keys in my room until I liked the track. I did have a lot of trouble getting a vocal tone that I liked, but like most things I just kept switching my approach until I found something I liked.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

Learning that things rarely go right the first time, but persevere and 9 times out of 10 the track will come together. 

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?

Not really, I’m really proud of the way this track turned out. If I had to say one thing though, I think I would’ve added more variety in the lyrics. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

I’ve got another track called ‘The borderline’ coming out in April, and an EP coming out in May. So I’m really excited to share those with the world! But apart from that, keep writing, keep producing, and try to pay my rent.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Look after yourself, stay hydrated, and don’t be a dick.