What made you decide to become a soloist?

I have been playing in bands for many years as a lead guitarist but I also write a lot of my own songs and I felt like this was the time to start recording them and getting them out there. 

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

I’ve been playing music for a long time and been a guitarist in various bands in Glasgow, Leeds, Sydney Australia and currently in Manchester.  I love being in bands and the friendships and adventures that come from that but at the same time, I also enjoy writing my own solo material.  After studying old-style blues with the awesome Brother John of the Blues Preachers in Australia I really got into old-style songs and that has also influenced my writing. 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

I don’t have one, this is my 1st interview as a solo musician 😉

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

I studied classical guitar for a period in an old soviet style music school in Siberia. 

I hear you have a new single/album/ep, what can you tell us about it?

It was recorded in Berlin at a studio called Impressions.  I love Berlin and try to be between there and Manchester as much as possible.  I was hanging around there a couple of years ago and chanced upon a flyer for a recording space there in a record shop, I had it on my fridge for a while as I liked the images of the studio, then I thought sod it and gave the number a call, that started a collaboration with Berlin-based producer Robbie Moore and the E.P. is the result of that process.

Talk me through the thought process of the ep?

I wanted to record in Berlin and to see what would come out, I live in Manchester and wrote the songs here, I love both cities and feel the ep draws on both of these places.  I also didn’t have any expectations; the idea was that the studio time was booked and we just let the songs develop in the direction that seemed right at the time.  

What was the recording process like?

It was a wonderful experience of traveling to the studio every day on the U-bahn, soaking up the city and then getting to work during the days. I loved watching the drums and bass come into being and how that transformed the feel of what were before then Acoustic based songs.  I also liked adding little details like spanners hitting each other or small bells and generally being creative with the sounds. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the ep?

Just letting the songs come out without judging them too much and enjoying it. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

I have some other songs that I will release shortly after this that are more acoustic-based but also recorded in Berlin and then this will then lead to a full album being recorded.  

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

Thanks for reading and giving it a listen, love to know what you think😉