RAVING WILD – Interview

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I owe all of my interest to my brother, he initially encouraged me to spend my hard earned £20 on a flat packed nylon string guitar. It was awful, so was I. I was only about 12 or so at the time, I couldn’t put it down though! Kind of fortunate really otherwise this interview wouldn’t be happening.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My main inspirations are alternative bands, less mainstream material. I’d encourage anyone to have a listen to the later works of Thrice and the earlier music by My Vitriol. Above all though, I have astoundingly talented friends and I’ve learned a lot just by hanging out with them. I often have a jam with my friend Dan Chapman, he’s a ridiculously skilled musician and my good friend Kitty Roisin who I’ve had the pleasure of working with previously has an incredible voice.
How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been playing since I first picked up a guitar but only really turned my hand to songwriting seriously around 3 years ago. It’s only recently where I’ve started to feel satisfied with my compositions, I suppose it’s one thing to write a song and another entirely to mean a song. I’m hoping that comes across in the latest batch.
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Live performance has it’s stints, it’s generally a phase of performing followed by a stretch of writing. I’ve got a nice line up of gigs coming up, they’re as follows: –
– Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio followed by an exclusive private event in Blackfrog Studios on 12th March
– The Green Man on 24th March with a host of my most excellent friends in the local area.
– Wendover Celebrates, a local town event with a plethora of musicians from around Buckinghamshire performing throughout the day on 1st of May
– Coopers Trading Company who run a bohemian coffee lounge in Marlow are running a Boys & Guitars series if gigs, I’m headlining on 6th of May.
What has been your favourite moment in music?
It’s hard to pick a particular favourite moment as there have been several very prominent memories, I’d say performing at Pinewood Studios, the film set for Star Wars, was a grandiose venue. Either that or arriving on BBC Three Counties was a unique experience – I quit my job at the time to attend that show as they wouldn’t give me the time off, it was pivotal for me.
Where is the best place to find you online?
If you’d like to find out more online either myself or the team are posting very prolifically on Twitter and Facebook however a general overview can be found at www.ravingwild.co.uk – feel free to send me a message on Facebook or Twitter though, I like to make contact with people who’ve taken the time to view the page.