Hiya h, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

Thank you! I love what you’ve done with the place.

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

I struggle to remember a time when it hasn’t been! As far back as I can really remember there’s been a guitar in my general vicinity (if not in my hands) and I’m sure I’ve always been making up songs of some description! Presumably dinosaurs and sandcastles were common lyrical themes back then. The desire to dream up worlds of my own creation never left me, but as I grew older I realised some of them were just for me while others made me want to sing from the rooftops. Being an artist allows you to have the rush & catharsis of performance as well as lots of welcome introverted time to write, practice, record and ruminate. Perfect for me!

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I’m very fortunate to be at a point now where all  my working life revolves around music in some form. I’ve taught guitar, worked as a session player & produced various projects other than my own out of my studio. My experience has been that most of the time, with careful balancing, this wonderful musical work provides me the security to be as creative as I like in the guise of h. eldritch and the freedom to work with many inspiring collaborators I meet along the way. The master plan of course is world domination through the power of these songs! I want to reach the people who might, upon hearing what I do, realise it’s something they never knew they were looking for. I just try to be honest, keep learning and keep growing.

Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

I ran into the wonderful guitarist, singer, teacher and YouTuber Mary Spender at at music trade show and asked her about how she maintains every aspect of her varied career. She simply said: ‘Be kind to yourself’. It’s such an incredibly simple statement but it’s stayed with me such a long time because its importance can be forgotten in the tidal wave of industry advice that can bombard DIY artists. Self-compassion is of highest importance and nothing should cause you to rob yourself of that.

I don’t remember where I heard it, but I also remember the phrase ‘what you don’t do is as important as what you do’. This applies in so many areas but I actually employ it as a creative strategy quite often. Certain sonic, lyrical and visual decisions pigeonhole you instantly so it’s always fun to try to subvert those expectations with the lyric you don’t say or the dynamic shift you don’t do.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Unbreakable guitar strings! Typically in a forty-five minute let set I’d use three different guitar tunings: Open D, standard and DADEAE (as I used for Innocent Sinner, the tune that’s just come out). I’m sure if they could exist it would only be with the aid of a mysterious substance straight out of an apocalyptic sci-fi epic, which instantly sounds like a disaster… but think of the possibilities!

I hear you have a new track Innocent Sinner, what can you tell us about it?

You heard right! It’s a tale of two lovers bound together by mischief, romance and just little bit of darkness. Whether they meet their doom or emerge victorious is up to you. The song is ultimately about learning the strength to decide for yourself what is true and what is right.

If you like your folk-rock tinged with a little bit of goth and a sprinkling of Midwest Emo guitar licks played on an acoustic, give it a spin!

Would you change anything now its finished?

As a rule, never! Ever onwards. I once read that Paul Weller burns his songwriting notebooks after each record is released, so figuratively

I’ll do the same and look only to the future. There’s a thousand more songs yet to come.

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

I’ll be playing with the whole band at the Bread and Roses in Clapham on the 25th of January! Come and see what we do as your support may help us return to the Glastonbury Festival next year. We have unfinished business there you see…

There are some ongoing writing collaborations and festival slots that I can’t announce yet sadly, but never fear! Whatever happens, there is always so much more music.

Other than that, Merry Christmas! It’s never too early right?

 In that case, Happy Halloween!

You’re reyt great yourselves.

FOLLOW HERE // Stream ‘Innocent Sinner’ HERE

Website: www.h-eldritch.com