Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
To be honest, it was more the freedom of it. To be able to create freely, work on new projects, move in whatever direction I wanted. I still get to play live with an incredible band who support my music but then have that independence when it comes to creating music.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
I am originally from the North East of England but currently live in Surrey. I am a 23 year old songwriter/musician who just loves all things music. My journey in music started when I was very young, sitting on the dining room table, helping my dad write songs. I then went on to start playing drums and guitar but thought that playing drums was what I really wanted to do. Turns out it helps if you’re actually good at playing them so I moved to songwriting and performing my own stuff.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Luckily, I’m actually not sick of any questions right now. Ask me in a couple years and we’ll see if that’s still the same.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
I don’t. They’re a good laugh to read through and hear about but I’m afraid none have hooked me yet.
What useless party trick do you have?
I don’t believe I have one so I think that just makes me useless? I feel like I need to go figure one out now.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I think the first time I heard the crowd singing a song I’d written back to me has to have been one of the most amazing, fun experiences. It was so surreal and from then on the rest of the gig was just so much fun.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Probably breaking my guitar and not having a back up with me at the time so I had to wait for the support act to give me theirs. I think that was the longest wait I have ever experienced and I’m not sure my band coming up with their own ‘hold music’ really helped.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
There are very few things I hate but one of them is most definitely rice.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
Energetic, fun, lyrical journey… although I’m not sure they’d understand any of that so I might just have to play them the music I guess?
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Just the sound of my music and vocals. I have taken inspiration from different artists and genres but tried my hardest to sort of create my own lane so that if anyone was to hear my music they could recognise it as me and my style.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )
Knowing that some of my favourite records I have written won’t be released for a while and so people can’t hear them.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I have a song called Time which hasn’t been released anywhere but to play live is such a good feeling. It’s so energetic, a lot of fun to play and one that I know the guys playing in the band have such a good time with.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
The new single is called If It Was Up To Me. It is my debut single and I am so excited to get it out. It’s another track that’s so much fun to play live and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. It is an energetic track all about a blossoming relationship that neither side can actually see happening. It’s almost like a slow burn love that could have been so much quicker. It’s released on March 4th and will be available everywhere so go have a listen.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I sat down with no real intentions when it came to writing a song, I just wanted to be creative. I played through some chords that I had gone over for a long time but had never been able to write to and the starting melody came to me. From then it was a pretty quick song to write. I just wanted to create something lively that I could see people easily singing out at a gig and I think it came out pretty well. Lyrically, again I had no specific intentions going into writing but created this story in my head of two people slowly falling in love and wrote all around their thoughts and feelings towards each other.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was an interesting one because it was all done over lockdown. It was recorded between my house and the producers house, just kind of bouncing ideas back and forth until we found what we were looking for. I have to give a huge mention to Josh Ager who produced this track because he made everything possible and made the track sound the way it does!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I think just trusting myself and having belief in my writing. It was on the back of a big writing block where I just kind of lost belief in myself a little bit but this kind of proved to me that I can push through it and can sometimes come up with something half decent.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No I wouldn’t. I think this track perfectly shows where I am heading with my music and the type of records I want to create. I wouldn’t want to do anything differently with it.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
My plans are to just get my music out and gig for a lot more people. I find so much joy in performing and in showing people what I have created and so the more I can do that this year, the better. I have a lot of songs that I can’t wait to show people and so this year should provide plenty of opportunity to get those out to people.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Be ready for a lot more from me. If you enjoy this single, you’ll love all the things to come. I love connecting with people and learning more about new people so feel free to reach out and contact me.