Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to be a solo artist? Mainly the power of full creative control. When I was in a band, we wrote some great songs, but I always found the creative differences to be the most challenging issue a band must overcome. I mean it’s not necessarily a bad thing, if we were all the same, the world would be a boring place, right? I just find I work better on my own. Also means I only must rely on myself, I can play and record as and when I want.
Introduce yourself and your musical history?
I started out like pretty much any other teenager, I got my first guitar and instantly wanted to be a rockstar. After driving my parents crazy, I decided to join a band when I left school. We hit it off pretty much straight away and were very ambitious. We used to do a few covers but we mainly focussed on writing our own material. We would play tons of shows, the weirdest one we ever did was at an Agricultural college. The students didn’t know why we were there and to be honest we didn’t either. Eventually, we split after creative differences and general drama. Now without a band I was lost without output for my creativity, so I began to painstakingly turn my bedroom into a recording studio. Sadly, I had to put it on the backburner for a while because life got in the way, but after picking up a guitar one night at a party, I realiSed how much I missed it and so I started up again. After remastering an old track, I found out that I still had the spark for writing new material, so that is what eventually became the Bittersweet EP.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Not really, I’m pretty open about anything.
Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories?
Absolutely! The world isn’t as black and white as we’re led to believe. I think its becoming pretty evident that it makes literally no difference who you vote for because they all work for the same globalist interests. Also, I’m pretty convinced that Mark Zuckerberg is an Ai.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Not really, I certainly didn’t panic-buy, like all them muppets who hoarded the toilet paper.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
A lot of people find it hard to believe that I’m in the armed forces.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
The ruling elite 100%. The division between the classes has never been more evident. If you cast your minds back to the pandemic, we were told “We’re all in this together folks!”. Yet pretty much the opposite has happened. You had the leadership of the country throwing parties, meanwhile some people weren’t allowed to even see their dying relatives. Now we have a fuel crisis and people can barely pay their energy bills. Pretty much being put in the position of having to choose between “Heating” and “eating”, yet some politicians have multiple homes. Apparently, my motorcycle is also killing the planet, but surely John Kerry flying around the world in his private jets isn’t causing any problems? I better stop before this whole interview becomes me just ranting.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Never Better, It just captures the sound energy that I was trying to find for so long. Writing it, it went through many different variations, but the final product is exactly what I had pictured in my mind.
I hear you have a new single and music video, what can you tell us about it?
The new single was pretty much my return to the world of music after a long hiatus. The videos were mainly because I had always wanted to make one, so I decided to make two. I’m a big believer that great music comes from the heart and you don’t need big fancy recording studios to produce A star music. That pretty much that I tried to do with my EP. Since it has been released, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting quite a few artists in the same boat as me who, record, mix and produce their own music. It genuinely sounds better than half the stuff in the charts. I call it the DIY Rock Revolution. Some of those guys and gals are talented! Hoping to do a few collaborations with a few of them too!
Talk me through the thought process of the video?
I wanted to capture the energy of the early 90s. I wanted a Nirvana-esque, Alice in chains style video. In the end it heavily deviated away from what I had planned, but I’m glad because it was my own style, rather than just copying another band that I admired. I always knew I wanted a video that was wild and that’s pretty much what Seed You became.
What was the filming process like?
Completely spontaneous! All Dan knew was that I wanted fire in the Seed You video, apart from that we went in completely blind. It was a little nerve-wracking on the Seed You video with the fire (We didn’t even have a fire extinguisher!). Pretty much rocked up to an abandoned brick factory and went wild. The video for Flock was a little more choreographed, though that didn’t stop me nearly giving myself a concussion on that rickety old stage!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the EP?
The whole Ep was a learning curve! But it’s one I’m grateful for, it has taught me a lot about mixing and techniques. I’d say perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned is sound levels. The first version of Bittersweet was way too quiet vocal wise. However, I’ve implemented what I learnt and it won’t be a problem on the next EP!
Would you change anything now that it's finished?
The vocal levels might still be a little bit quiet on one or two songs, but I don’t think it’s too much of a big detail. The problem is because I record, mix and produce it myself, I have to learn when to switch off. I’m quite an OCD person and it reaches a point where I have to step back and walk away from it, otherwise I’d still be editing the first song.
What are your plans for the year ahead? Currently I’m focussing on building up a bigger fan base and getting more exposure, thank you by the way! Meanwhile I’ve already started my next EP, though I’m taking it much slower and not rushing it. After that I’ll probably make one or two music videos. Finally, I also have some plans for a few collaborations, but nothing is set in stone yet.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Yes! Do what makes you happy and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough. I’ll leave you with my favourite quote, “No single raindrop blames itself for the flood”.