What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I was actually asked to write my first song when I was about 16. I was making friends with more musicians and singing for some bands and someone asked me to try writing a song. It wasn’t very good but the second one I wrote was and it was a really good feeling. Its been a lot of evolution to get to where I am now musically and its satisfying when you see yourself improve.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
I wrote Cold Water after a difficult time in my life. I wrote it at the piano and it was quite an easy song to write, it came naturally and it was that way recording as well.. I think I did one take recording keys and 3 takes on vocals. When a song comes from somewhere raw and personal it does tend to flow more, it takes less thought and more feeling.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
My musical inspirations change. Right now I am really inspired by Grimes though you couldn’t tell from listening to this song. I’m also inspired by a lot of small artists that I discover on Soundcloud. Non-musical inspirations would maybe be spiritual stuff I’m into. Everything has an energy behind it, I see writing music as kind of magical, and sad songs can be like alchemy. You take something ugly and traumatic and make it beautiful.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Imagine an angst-ridden 13 year old boy with a beautiful female voice. If that sounds at all intriguing or appealing, listen to my music.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Art Angels – Grimes, Heart Shaped Bed – Nicole Dollanganger, Björk – Debut
Showgirls (don’t judge me), Memories of Matsuko, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
I tend to read crime and fantasy novels so I can’t actually think of any I’d like to re-read… my favourite author right now is Robin Hobb though.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Probably studio so long as I am friends with the producer because I can totally zone out and just be in the moment.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Attempting to sing an original song (which I now recognise was awful) called Love is a Dying Flower at an open mic in a countryside pub full of jolly english farmers will probably always stick out as one of the cringiest moments of my musical life.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I’d probably say this one, Cold Water. For me it has the most immediately gripping atmosphere out of my songs so far. And that’s what makes a song unique I think. Rather than just breaking the mould, it has like an immediate fingerprint to it, like a feeling you get as soon as you hear the first note, it takes you somewhere.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
If you’d like to stay up to date on everything, my instagram is where I update people, otherwise just expect more music and hopefully some more visuals and gigs later in the year.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
How would you advise an independent singer-songwriter to find a producer?
I would say the best way is to get on Soundcloud, find local indie artists who have a sound you love and find out who produced their work. Then hit them up and if they’re down, arrange to meet before you book anything. Some people, I think more in hip-hop/rap, have luck working online with people but that has been a total nightmare for me. And the people who have hit me up asking to collab/work have been a real mixed bag. I think as an independent singer-songwriter, try to stay in control of your work as much as possible, work with people face to face who you genuinely like and trust.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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