I’d been inspired to pick up guitar after listening to old school rock such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix and AC/DC. Once started learning these guys songs I was very quickly writing riffs/chord precessions and melodies of my own. I knew the guitar was going to be my life.
What is the unsigned scene in Macclesfield like at the minute?
It’s excellent. Macclesfield is just a medium sized town but there’s plenty of opportunities for gigs in lots of great bars. And more good bands seem to be coming through all the time. There are plenty of regular music goers too which is super for us artists.
Is there enough support out there for new artists?
Magazines like this are of course great. Unsigned radio stations. Pages on social media for particular regions and genres. It all really helps. It still can be very tricky reaching the right fans and we as artists have to put the work in getting lots gigs and posting a great deal online. I think we just have to make the most of it!
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
A few times I’ve managed to get the crowd to sing my lyrics back to me, which as an unsigned, and rather unknown artist felt very good indeed!
What was the worst experience on stage?
I fell OFF the stage once. I was singing in a choir a long time ago. It was mid-song and very noticeable. Not a high point!
Tell us something about yourself that you think people would be surprised about?
Perhaps that Mary Poppins is my all time favourite film. I know all the words to the songs!
Whats your biggest achievement as an artist?
I’ve put on two gigs at the King Edward Street Chapel in Macclesfield with the band and a string quartet to a packed out house. Definitely a couple of highlights and both gigs were amazing.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Perhaps the fact I take inspiration from different genres. Rock is my main thing but I am also influenced by classical and folk music which hopefully comes through in the guitar work and the string quartet parts I write.
Its strange times at the min with the virus halting the whole live music scene in uk and abroad, how do you lan to stay productive while we get through this?
I know people have different takes on it. Some songwriters say they haven’t got any inspiration to write, others have locked themselves away and are writing like crazy. I have been trying to use this time to write as much as possible. So I’ve been gathering past ideas I didn’t get round to arranging previously and putting them together. I have also been writing brand new material, including some solo/instrumental pieces.
I’m of course wanting to go out and gig – I miss it terribly, but I’m happy to be putting together new songs I can eventually perform and record.
We recently reviewed your last single? How did you feel the review went?
I thought it was excellent. Really honest, concise and well written. It’s great to have constructive feedback and to have the music so eloquently analysed.
I hear you have a new album brewing, what can you tell us about it?
It features the band on most songs and the string quartet makes appearances on a couple. It’s eight tracks long. Quite short – each track has had a lot of hard work and passion put into it. It’s certainly the best thing I’ve done yet and I can’t wait to show it to you all. I’ve spent a lot of time structuring the songs so the album flows as well as possible. Some songs between 1-3 years old. Some are new.
What message do you have for your fans at this difficult time?
Keep busy, keep positive and take each day as it comes. Music is a healthy escape during difficult times. A lot of us needed to slow down, so now’s the time to take advantage of doing the things we always wanted to do that we couldn’t before.