Life I suppose… was the right time; I had the best time being in a band (Dead Natives) but bands can get very complicated. There was a lot of tension towards the end and it got a bit nasty. It was the right time for me to move on and develop by myself. Don’t get me wrong, I will be playing shows with a full band, but it won’t be like it was before.
Introduce us to your musical history?
The first album I ever bought was 50 Cent – The massacre. Funnily enough, it actually got me interested in drums because I loved the production… Then one day the first Arctic Monkeys record was being played in my parent’s car and it changed my life. I was completely in awe. Luckily my parents have great music taste so from that point on, I became interested in guitar music and they got me a guitar for my 21st birthday. I learned how to play a few chords and then my first songs came out naturally. It was meant to be. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with writing songs, I love it.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
It’s my first interview for a while. All is well.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Only when I’m hungover on a Sunday night getting sucked into the rabbit hole.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Ahh so much shit, I bought a toilet-roll holder that’s the shape of a cat. Definitely never used it.
What useless party trick do you have?
Zero-party tricks me.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Probably at Guildford boileroom supporting The Sherlocks, even though they ignored us and we had to use the stairs and toilet for our ‘backstage’ room, it was obviously a sold-out show, and I love those kinds of venues.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Ahh man, I played an acoustic show for charity, some guy kept asking if I could play something more upbeat. I told him how I felt though, very clearly.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
Probably that I can speak a fair bit of mandarin now.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
I would just play the songs to them and see how they react.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Probably being able to write different kinds of songs, not kind of boxed in or anything. There’s a tune that will be on the EP called ‘Crimson’ which is kind of influenced by OK Computer. Whereas the other songs on there are quite in-your-face guitar tracks.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
Acoustically, I have a song called ‘Perfect Moment’ it’s kind of a ballad. I enjoy playing that, but with a full band show, it would be ‘What’s Your Problem’ it’s got a really cool riff and great energy.
I hear you have a new single what can you tell us about it?
Yeah, ‘Settle Down’ is out on the 15th April. I think it’s a fun song, kind of sarcastic and playful. I hope people can connect with it.
Talk me through the thought process of the single/?
I had the chord progression for a while, but it took some time to get the right melody. I actually overheard a conversation in a pub where someone said ‘let’s get married buy a house’ in like a sarcastic manner. I kept going back to that line and those chords during writing sessions, and it grew from there.
What was the recording process like?
Yeah, really fun. I recorded with Graham Wann (Bricolage, The Sexual Objects). We met at a gig here in China, and we had an instant connection. The sessions were recorded at his home studio, super relaxed, with a few whiskies, etc.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
Not anything in particular, but I think you can always learn when you write, consciously or subconsciously there are things working in mysterious ways.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, it took a while during the mixing process to get it to where I wanted, but I think it’s got the right feel about it.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I’ve got an EP coming out in the summer, and more studio sessions next month. At the end of the year, I’m moving cities and playing full band shows.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Just that they should download ‘Settle Down’ and that the EP is coming out this summer!