I don’t think there was one moment I decided to start the whole thing exactly. It started more as an outlet for my songwriting and it’s grown from there.
Introduce us to your musical history?
My dad had a good record collection when I was a kid, taking me to big concerts like Micheal Jackson at Wembley and Paul Mccartney at Earls Court – I’ve still got the tickets for these too! So I suppose that probably had some kind effect, just listening to lots of different music from a young age.
I was taught guitar by Brian Parker who played in Chuck Berry’s band in the 60s and also co-wrote a number one hit called Concrete and Clay. I spent endless hours playing guitar along to records and practicing when I first started.
Since then I’ve played gigs all over Europe, Russia and Northern America as a guitarist before getting more into songwriting and production. I’ve found learning how to produce, arrange songs and make the jump to being a singer a big challenge but I feel like it’s finally paying off.
Do you subscribe to any conspiracy theories? Oh not really, I’d love to know the same answers for certain things as everyone else I suppose.. who shot Kennedy, was Marilyn Monroe murdered, what really happened at Roswell. Is Elvis still alive? I don’t think so.
What was the most fun you have had on stage? Probably playing at a festival called V-rox in Vladivostok, which is in eastern Russia near Japan. It took us 2 days to travel there and the gigs were amazing.
Another highlight was definitely my first time playing at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Let’s just say a fun time was had by all!
What was the worst experience on stage? There’s definitely been a few! One that springs to mind is when I played in St Petersburg, after landing at the airport I had the worst hay fever. Couldn’t stop sneezing onstage for the whole gig, that wasn’t fun.
Nothing too major has ever happened apart from that, a few drunken idiots and some technical difficulties but nothing to write home about.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Hopefully honest and authentic. Now translate that into grey alien lingo!
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? Lots of things really. I find a lot of the culture on social media quite ugly at the moment. I just find so much of it so banal and fake. It seems to be getting normalized too which I find quite scary.
Apart from that I’ve got a new downstairs neighbor that keeps slamming the door so hard the whole house shakes! Also bigger world issues that are too complicated to go through in detail here such as climate change and lots of other bad things. There’s also lots of good going on in the world too of course!
I hear you have a new single. What can you tell us about it? It’s called ‘Dark Clouds’ and it’s released on 25th Feb. It’s an atmospheric, slow paced track that I’ve been told has a sense of mystery and profoundness. Making the video for Dark Clouds was loads of fun, coming up with the concept, imagining it all and then seeing it come to life. I filmed it in The Gower peninsular, South Wales last year.
Talk me through the thought process of the single? I’d say the song came from more of a subconscious place rather than being too thought out. Obviously, there’s some thought involved in putting a song together but I prefer to get into a sort of trance-like state when I’m writing and recording then try to let it all come out in a natural way.
I keep hearing lots of famous writers say you should let songs write themselves, which is starting to make more sense to me now. It doesn’t always work out quite that way of course!
What was the recording process like? Most of the music was recorded in a studio in Manchester called Eve studios that I’ve been to several times. It’s an amazing place full of vintage gear. I used an old organ on the track, as well as a xylophone which you can hear coming in throughout the song.
The drums didn’t quite come out the way I wanted, so we ended up recording them again at my drummer Mathias’ practice room in Boreham wood. The drums came out great and we’ve been recording drums ourselves ever since.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished? I wouldn’t change a thing at this stage, I think the mix and arrangement sounds great!
What are your plans for the year ahead? I’ll be promoting Dark Clouds for the coming weeks, shooting more music videos and various other promo material for several singles that will be released throughout the year then promoting them.
I’m also working on a full album and would like to play some live shows/festivals over the summer so there’s lots to be getting on with!