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TEDDY CLARKE

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW TEDDY CLARKE WHAT HAPPENED?

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

I’ve just always been musically inclined for as long as I can really remember. I was that kid always running around singing absolute nonsense. Then when I was a teenager I started learning guitar and writing songs. I did my first open mic when I was about 12 and since then I’ve been pretty set that music is the thing for me.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

There’s a couple that stick out to me. One of them is Ask by The Smiths. My dad is a massive Smiths fan but my mum hates them so she wouldn’t let him play them to me and my sister when we were little, so he would sing ask to us and to be honest until I was about 14 I thought it was a nursery rhyme that everyone knew. And then Broken by Jake Bugg, the first time I heard it I was just in awe of it and it just really inspired me to get into songwriting. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

I feel like I learn a lot from my co-writers/producers Analog & Digital (Joel Bogen & Ben Bogen). I think they’ve really helped me to improve as a songwriter, pushing me to really think deeply what I’m writing about, and how best to structure a song.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? 

To be honest I try not to think about it to much. When I’m writing I’m really trying to get my thoughts and emotions across, so I try not to let in too many outside opinions when I’m doing this. I think songs are always up for interpretation, but songwriters should always be given room to explain the true intent behind a song if they choose. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Probably one of the first gigs I played with my band where the sound kept going wrong and then the acoustic guitar DI broke midway through the set so everything sounded really distorted. Or when we played and I was really ill and recovering from losing my voice. Neither where particularly fun experiences but definitely taught me how to front something out. 

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

People tend to get pretty surprised when I tell them I’m a twin. We couldn’t be more different though, she doesn’t even really like music. 

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

I’m going to continue to release singles throughout the year, and I’m trying to play gigs a lot more often. I’ve been booking some outside of London so hopefully start reaching some new audiences. 

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world?

I can’t lie I’d quite like a Tesla if anyone fancies gifting me one, but he’s definitely ruined Twitter. 

I hear you’ve just released a new song, what can you tell us about it.

My latest single Rethink just came out. It’s my first release of the year. It’s got a really energetic feel, and it’s all about Rishi Sunaks recent comments on trans rights. 

What was the recording process like?

Writing the lyrics for the song happened really fast. I was watching TV, I heard the comments Rishi was making, and kind of found myself pretty instantly writing the song. Once I’d written the lyrics and recorded a rough demo, I sent it over to my co-writers/producers, then when I got to the studio they played me the music they’d written around my lyrics and I loved it, the song had a great feel, I thought the guitar solo was brilliant and the synths at the end really lifted it. Then I record vocals at the studio to the new music, the process from beginning to end was pretty great, this is one of my favorites I’ve released so far. 

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

Check out my other songs wherever you stream your music. And come along to one of my gigs. My next London one is at The Spice Of Life on the 20th of April.

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