1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I was into music from about the age of 8. I remember getting dead annoyed in music lessons when the teacher used to give the girls all the good instruments haha. We’d have to make a song by the end of the lesson and the boys had woodblocks and shakers when the girls had guitars and keyboards. Anyway, as you can see, I’ve let that go and got a few of my own instruments since then. Originally I was inspired by what I heard my mum listening to, which included Madness and the Manic Street Preachers. I also went searching through her vinyl collection and found Joy Division. I also have a memory of playing a game in class where you had to say a line from a song and you got a point if no one in class knew the next line. Everyone was doing Spice Girls and Billy Piper, that sort of thing. I was going for more like Madness and the Verve. I think I lost a few friends that day…but I won!
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Nowadays I listen to a mix of folk, punk, rock, electronica and all sorts really. It all stems from the early stuff I heard. I was well into the Manic Street Preachers, which kind of got me into rock and punk. This got me into all sorts of alternative music (whatever that means!). Everything I listen to has an impact on what I create. I can’t remember simple things from day to day life. When I read I have to go over each line like 3 times to remember it. However I seem to have an encyclopaedic memory for songs and melodies (and premier league goals from 1995 onwards). For a musician every time you listen to music you are still learning and thinking, ‘What can ideas make this song work, and would it improve any of my songs’.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started playing the saxophone when I was 9, because of the whole Madness thing. I think I had visions of myself flying over school like in the video for ‘Baggy Trousers’. When that didn’t happen I started learning the drums when I was about 11. It was at the same time I started writing rap songs, cos at the time I was too shy to sing. The irony is that now I’m probably too shy to rap haha….maybe one day! I wrote a lot of punk music in my teens and played in bands that loosened all the light fittings in the room below where we practiced. I like to think that nowadays all the influences are all coming together more into my music.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I always have gigged very regularly. I used to do at least 2-3 acoustic gigs per week. Recently I’ve been putting together more of a show that I’m going to start performing next year, along with EP releases. At the moment my upcoming shows are
25th Jan – Castle Rock, Alderly Edge
22nd March – Kings Arms, Manchester
More will be coming soon.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
It’s kind of hard to pick one. It’s always exciting when you support a band you like. I played with Rifles and at Noel Gallagher’s aftershow party over the last year or so. To be honest the best things are when you’re in a studio and you can feel something good is happening with you music and also just being out gigging with your mates and being able to enjoy what playing music brings.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
If you’d like to give the EP a listen before release then head to Soundcloud. Also you can ‘like’ and ‘follow’ me on Facebook and Twitter