Slows Down

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I’ve always liked music. Surely virtually everyone would say the same. But its role in my life has changed a lot. It’s gone from being entertainment to art and from being something musicians make to something I make. Life would be unbearable without music.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

My dad played all kinds of great music in the house when I was growing up, from Miles Davis to The Flaming Lips, to Philip Glass to Public Enemy, which presumably I absorbed in some way. The music I chose to listen to for myself was exclusively chart pop music until I was about twelve. I loved the Now compilations and I would tape dross from the top 40 on Radio 1 onto cassettes on Sunday evening and listen to them in the week. Then I got into hiphop. I loved (and still do love) the Wu-Tang Clan. Then I started listening to Radiohead and really began to explore music and try to understand how it had developed. I listened to all the great records my dad had been playing over the years and heard in them things my ears hadn’t been open enough to hear before.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? 

I got an electric guitar when I was nineteen and took to it very slowly. I never learnt others’ songs and always played my own things. I feel very privileged not to have gone through the phase of learning to play Jimi Hendrix solos from tabs. I had little things that I’d keep coming back to. At some point I realised that these little things were basically songs. Very gradually I began to identify as a songwriter.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I’ve only played live a couple of times in a friend’s band. Slows Down is not a band and remains a solo recording project at the moment. In time, I’m very keen to get some people together and do it live.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Probably finishing recordings and them not merely sounding like what I had in my head, but even better.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?