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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SOLO ARTIST STRICKLAND

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

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

Music is a thing for everyone. One of life’s great joys. When you know you can play it, you’d be an idiot to ignore it. 

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

I am a bit of a latecomer to the songwriting game, but after years of playing guitar in various indie cover bands, I just felt it was now or never to take centre stage. I didn’t even realise I could sing until a few years ago to be totally honest.

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

I have no idea! Fans that hear the songs seem to be saying nothing but positive things which means more to me than anything. If anyone in the ‘industry’ hears the tunes then I’m confident they will think the same. 

How has your song writing skills developed over time?

Basically, over the space of 10 years, I have gone from writing some absolute tripe to some top quality tunes. I think it’s a process everyone has to go through. You have to write the garbage stuff first. Once that’s out the way and you learn your craft then the world’s your oyster. 

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?

I’m just a big believer in people. Everyone just needs to trust in each other and accept everyone has different boundaries. Reporting anything untoward is the only real way past that kind of thing. 

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

Just use your instincts. Go to the places online that make sense. It’s pointless trying to sell your album to ‘Horse and Hound’ magazine. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I love my family.

I love Man United.

I love the Conservative Party (Lie!).

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

It’s just the way it’s all become. If we could still go out and buy a hard copy of an album and stare at the lyrics and art cover for hours on end while listening to it then that would be great, but it’s just not the way things are anymore. What I would say is that access for start-up bands and artists directly onto those types of platforms is easier. Any Tom, Dick or Harry with a Laptop and a set of bongos can make an album these days. 

Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

The Royal Family are actually Lizards!

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

More Guitars. 



What was the worst experience on stage?

Being forced to play a Green Day song! 

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

I am ex-Royal Navy. Served Her Majesty for 5 years. I’m a proper salty sea dog. 

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I write a lot of choruses. 

I hear you have a debut album, what can you tell us about it?

If you like Indie, Rock Pop melodies, and a good sing-along then ‘Superficial Chaos’ is for you. It draws on all my influences and takes you on a bit of a musical journey from start to finish. If Beethoven is your thing, then maybe give it a miss. 

Talk me through the thought process of the new tunes.

Witnessing the highs and lows of the industry and the decline of pop music charm, I became a little bit bored with what was coming out of the speakers if I’m honest. Overproduced pop just all sounded the same to me.

That kind of disillusionment served as one of the catalysts for the album and I took matters into my own hands I suppose. I think Noel Gallagher’s quote “music is in the ear of the beholder” is at the core of my artistic vision in a lot of ways, as I try blending elements of new and old music to create my own style of indie rock music.

What was the recording process like?

Laptop, Garage, and Pro Tools with a little help from some friends

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

Mixing and Mastering was a bit of a headache if I’m honest. I find it a bit boring. I prefer playing! 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Maybe a few more backing vocals and percussion but I think it just is what it is. 

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

The album is available on all major platforms. We are planning gigs for 2023 so watch this space. Yeah, if anyone wants to follow me they can do the following:

STREAM / DOWNLOAD HERE