Vagabond Flag

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
When I was in my early teens, one of my friends gave me a tape with a live recording of Stone Free by Jimi Hendrix on it and I was totally blown away (I found out later it was from Atlanta, 1970). The song itself was pretty cool, but what hooked me was his guitar playing. I still remember the last bit in the solo where he plays a series of octaves and it was like he was showing me his soul through that Fender. It encouraged me to explore rock music and I came across a lot of other guitar bands from the late 60’s/70s and 80s (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy to name a few) but none really touched me quite like Hendrix.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Growing up in London afforded me the privilege of being exposed to so many musical cultures. The list is so diverse in terms of what influences me I’m not even sure I could name it all but briefly, I would say that Drum and Bass, Hip Hop, Rnb, Rock, Grunge and Britpop were probably the genres that affected me most with the latter two having the most influence on the music I make today (although you can even see the influence of Erykah Badu on one of my songs!).

Grunge artists such a Temple of the Dog define the rocky sound while retaining a personal edge that expresses what I feel through emotive lyrics and vocals. Britpop bands such as Oasis also lend to the rock sound but also keep the music from getting too morose and dark, encouraging more upbeat pop melodies. The band I’d say influences me the most on my debut album is the Verve. I use a lot of guitar effects to get a very ethereal, ‘other worldly’ sound in a similar way to Nick Mccabe but it’s still important to convey my human condition through my voice, much like Richard Ashcroft does.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Although the guitar has been in my life since I was young, I only learnt how to play it properly a year and a half ago when I took some lessons. The songwriting came soon after, when I realised I had things I had to say and express – emotions which had been lying around for a while I needed to air. I started penning some tunes and the recording came because I’d always forgot what I had written ! Eventually I put together and album which I’m looking to release on July 4th.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I’ve never played live unfortunately. I’m really hoping that I get the opportunity as I think that playing gigs will allow me to express my thoughts in a more spontaneous, and maybe even earnest, way than the recording environment.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
The other day actually – I was shooting some video for my EPK and the camera guy started humming my single ‘Not Afraid’ out of the blue, and continued to do so for the next few minutes. It was just really flattering that something I wrote could actually be stuck in someone’s head !

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
At the moment my Facebook page – although I’m putting together a website right now which should have more about me on it. I tweet now and then too as @VagabondFlag.