Hiya David thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Thank you… Pu-Erh tea today. You should give this a go if you haven’t before.
What made you decide to become a solo artist?
I don’t know if I ever decided this, as I wrote a load of songs just for me when I was already playing in bands. I always wanted to share what I had to say, but being busy with various projects always meant that all my energy was spent elsewhere. I went through a bit of turmoil, finding myself without a band one day and a voice inside just said “It’s time now”.
How positive are you feeling now restrictions are loosening?
I’m hopeful. That’s the best that I can be, because without this hope, it’s hard to keep going. I was a little overly optimistic last year, and this set me back because I got my hopes up too much, but seeing venues and festivals gradually starting up again is that light at the end of the tunnel.
How much are you looking forward to playing live?
Playing live, and watching artists too. I was thankful to get a few shows last summer when the restrictions eased and it felt amazing. I can’t begin to imagine how it will feel when I’m back on stage again, now that it’s been an even longer wait. I have an EP on the way, and I’m excited to begin my story, travelling the land for those that want to hear.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
To shape your sound and express your style. We all have something unique about us, so flaunt it. Don’t try and live up to a sound or image that isn’t your own just to please, and don’t be afraid to write about those raw emotions. That’s what I’m all about.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
To explain my songs. I actually have lyric sheets ready for release via my website when it launches at the end of the month, and they have some annotations. I’d rather the listener find the meanings through the art, and let the sound take them on a journey. We can open up a chat about it then, over a Pu-Erh. A song works two ways: what it means to me, but just as importantly, what it means to you.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Hehe, that sounds like a gateway question:
“Would you like to?”
Thanks for the offer, but I barely have time to attend to Netflix, never mind anything else.
What support is out there for new artists in XXI?
I really recommend the charity Help Musicians. They have all sorts of resources from guidance to funding, as well as a counselling service for anyone struggling with mental health. Our industry has taken a real hit over the last couple of years, so don’t be scared to make a call if you need to.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the XXI unsigned scene?
The duo Birds and Beasts are doing a lot right now. They have a great sound and are worth checking out. Also, Michael Webster is always doing something! Whether that’s with the label, open mics or performing, I feel the energy. There are so many great associated acts from the Manchester scene as well, I could go on…
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Twisting my arms 360 degrees. It’s not even a trick, it’s very real and gross.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
There was this time when a group from the crowd jumped on stage and started singing along, arm-in-arm, and dancing. I love it when an audience are fixed on the performance, but that was something else.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I think I’ve been lucky with this one, I’ve never had anything that bad happen other than some tech failures. I think I’ll say a prayer after this interview so that I don’t jinx it.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I started as a classical and flamenco guitarist, and I still play these styles to this day. That’s why I rock the classical guitar for my songs, it’s a part of me.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
I once got mistaken for Jamie from Bullet for my Valentine. I had a hair-dye beard thing going on at the time but I had to stress that a) I wasn’t and b) I really don’t think he was in the building!
If you had to describe your act to an alien how would you describe them?
Communicating both fact and fiction over sweet sonic waves. That’s my best guess as to what the alien might understand, and if they took the time to come to a show, I’d love to have them sing on stage with me.
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
I think Glastonbury as it would be the best fit. I love the south-west as well, it’s beautiful.
Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus )
My hair. This thing has gone through too much, from rapid growth, to dyeing for photo shoots (with parts of it literally dying) and back to rapid growth. It’s back to normal now, at last.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I think at the moment, it’s Amber and the Cloverleaf. People aren’t too familiar with it yet as it’s new from the Makeup EP, but the vibe is just full of promise. It feels great delivering it to a crowd, I can feel the peace being reflected around the room.
What can you tell us about your new EP, “Makeup”?
It’s taken over two years to produce. My studio moved several times and then the pandemic hit, so I feel blessed to finally be able to release it. The opening track, “The Sores and Me” came out in 2019 as a teaser before everything came to a halt, so now you’ll be able to hear everything as it’s supposed to be in order, with “A Make Up Tune” and two new songs.
What are your plans for the year ahead
To surprise people. Because I don’t know how much gigging I’ll be doing, I’m focusing more on other things I can be doing, creatively. Limitations on playing live hasn’t meant limitations elsewhere and I’ve surprised myself with some other things. So, watch this space 😉
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
The world is pretty nuts, right? I know this was said before the pandemic, like, in the Tears for Fears song for starters. It’s important to stay grounded and calm, so find that place inside you to retreat to when you can. Going strong is one thing, but we all need to come back to ourselves and remember that being at peace is paramount. Much love.
Thanks for joining us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.