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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LOCHLAN SHAW

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I’ve been writing songs and composing since my teens. It’s always something that I have done. As I started to gig more and receive feedback from people I realised it was maybe something I should pursue with

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

I am a songwriter and composer from  North Yorkshire. I started playing piano at a young age but quit pretty quickly as the teacher I had at the time didn’t capture me. However, when I was about thirteen I started with a new teacher who taught me how to improvise over pop songs as opposed to learning regimented scales in the traditional fashion. I soon started composing piano pieces. Eventually, I also started writing songs. Firstly, I wrote on the piano and then I took guitar lessons. I have been writing songs properly since I was about 15. I gigged a lot through my teens and took various routes after school, but eventually ended up studying at BIMM London on their songwriting diploma. I brought out my first EP: And So The Light Returned in 2021, and have just realised my second EP: A Part of Me Will Always Be You 

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?

I grant you it’s not the easiest industry in the world, but if you get to know the industry, are prepared to work hard and are tenacious enough, it’s not impossible to navigate. My first EP was received well, I just keep plugging away and doing what I can. 

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

My latest release has more of an immersive band sound. This has helped me to add more energy to my repertoire from my first release which was just me and an acoustic guitar. My first EP could best be categorised as folk-rock. With this release, I wanted to move things in more of a pop-rock direction and incorporate some elements of blues. Hopefully, I was continue to progress I will delve deeper into these hybrid genres and become more versed in each

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

It is quite shocking to see that in this day and age anyone should feel unsafe at a music gig due to their gender. I think for some men it is sometimes difficult to conceptualise aspects of the female experience, and we have to remind ourselves of the dangers that women can face which often aren’t considerations for ourselves. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to make music gigs and similar settings safer for everyone.

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

Spotify playlists are a great way to reach new people who may then go on to share your music from there. Independent blogs and radio stations are also good outlets. I think it is just a question of trying to spread the word in any way that you can. One thing usually leads to another.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I have been to five out of seven continents 

I am allergic to olives

I used to want to become a politician when I grew up

What’s your thought on spotifys monopoly on the music industry?

We are living in the age of streaming. Things evolve, and that’s not always necessarily a bad thing. The advent of globalisation, the internet and streaming have opened up the potential for artists to reach people across the globe whilst distributing from their bedroom. On the flip side, as a listener, you can discover any artist in the world from your bedroom too. I don’t think that this is a bad thing if it makes music more accessible as long as musicians and consumers are still treated fairly.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

Only the ones that I conjure myself 



Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

No, I was generally broke during the pandemic

What was the worst experience on stage?

I’ve had times when notes won’t come out or if they did then they came out flat, microphones have fallen off the stands, and people have walked out (but fortunately these things were all in the beginning!)

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

I’m not Scottish

What makes you stand out as an artist?

As a songwriter, I am quite into blues and blues-rock. This isn’t necessarily a hugely prominent genre in the modern era. My latest release had some blues elements, and I am hoping to incorporate more elements of blues in future releases

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

My latest release is called: A Part of Me Will Always Be You. Its genre could best be described as rock with elements of blues-rock, folk-rock and indie-rock. So far it has been received well and has picked up some radio and blog coverage as well as being play-listed across Spotify. Looking forward to continuing to promote it over the coming months. 

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.

I wrote most of these songs at the start of 2022 barring To See You With Another. These songs chart this particular period in my life as I was undergoing a lot of self-progression and change. This is largely what the EP is about: looking back into the past and becoming who we are

What was the recording process like?

I recorded the EP at a studio called Church Lane Studios in a village called Burton Leonard just outside of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. It was a really great experience. They really got the EP to sound how I wanted it to and moved it in the direction I wanted to take it. They were great from start to finish and asked me about my vision in the beginning, structured the recording time and produced the tracks to bring the best out of them. Couldn’t be happier with the process and how it turned out

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Keep an open mind to all production ideas, they can end up taking your songs in a better direction than the initial vision you had before starting the production process if you’re willing to explore them

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No, I wouldn’t have put it out if there was anything I wasn’t happy with. This EP is released now, and any future releases will just be about evolving in a direction progresses, but I wouldn’t change anything about this project now that it is released. 

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

I have a new piano compilation coming out New Year’s Day. Would love for people to check it out

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