Neil C Young – Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I first got into music when i was around 4 years of age, there was a piano in the house and so i messed around on that and then sang and played any/every instrument available at school. My Dad was the person who enabled me and still inspires me to create and play.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I listened to classical music when growing up in my parents house, J.S. Bach and Neilsen, were 2 of my dads favourite composers, but also, there was a lot of folk music around as my dad used to play in folk bands as well his classical work. When Ieft home I carried on listening to classical music inparticualr Stravisnky, Shostakovitch and Debussy but I also got into Rock with The Balck Crowes in parrticular and Jazz in all forms of its glory!
All of this has informed and influenced my music in many ways, I suppose the common theme is that they all have an almost perfect balance between emotional and technical content, one needing the other to enable the fullest expression of the artist as possible, something I am always trying to do!
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Since as long as I can remember, its one or the other that then leads to the other!!
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
About twice a month regularly with added gigs in between, Recebtly been in Birmingham and at the Bluedot festival and up nexct is Cloudspotting Festival, Matt and Phreds, Manchester, 12 Bar and teh Venue which are both in Colne Lancashire. (Dates and links are below…)
Saturday July 30th – Cloudspotting Festival, Gisburn.
Thursday 11th August – Matt and Phreds, Manchester
Friday 19th August – Strays, Newark
Friday 26th August – The Venue, Colne (Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival)
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
I don’t have one particular moment, but playing by the Pacific Ocean in Mexico and also playing at a jazz club for week in Cuba are definately up there (although seeing a picture of a certain other name sharing musician in the paper advertising my gig in Cuba was a bit of a stiffner! )
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The music is available via the usual on line sites, spotify etc. and you can find me at or on twitter @neilcyoung or there is a facebook page – neilcyoungtrio come by and say something to us!