What is the reason for such a quick popularity?
I think my current rise in popularity can be explained by hard work. I spend all of my time on music, sometimes making youtube videos, sometimes playing shows, writing, recording and producing songs, promoting my music and interacting with fans on Facebook and Twitter. When combined, all of these things can have a big impact on popularity of an independent musician. At my level it’s up to me to make people listen because I don’t have a big, rich record company putting my music out there for me. I’m on my own!
More often you plays either solo acoustic or with a full band?
I used to play most of my shows with a full band, but since I’ve moved to London this year it is more difficult to do this. There is generally a faster changeover between acts at venues in London, making it difficult to play with a full band all the time. I do more shows solo at the moment and I try to build a bigger sound with the use of a loop pedal and a harmony pedal which allow me to layer different song parts, and harmonies to make my sound fuller.
Do you have a musical education?
I have an education in music production from Leeds College of Music. I learnt to record and arrange my own music there and those skills helped me a lot when I came to record my EP ‘Not Coming Down’. My production skills meant that we could record the songs ourselves in my basement and a friends lounge, saving on paying expensive studio costs!
Are you once played on the streets of UK?
When I was studying at university I spent most weekends busking on the streets to raise money to pay for my tuition costs and the equipment I needed to record. I started out with an acoustic guitar and nothing else and after 3 years I had built up a fan-base and could afford the equipment I needed to record my songs and release them to the public. I quickly realised that busking was the best option I had to learn how to perform to an audience and grab peoples attention. So I would go out there as often as I could even if it was snowing! I still try to busk when I can in London, although rarely in the snow.
Are you hiding your personal life?
I haven’t reached a stage where people are very interested in my personal life yet. But I still try to be as open as I can on Twitter to give people a bit of an insight into who I am as a person as well as my music. As an artist you don’t really have a choice in that, if you want people to engage with your music then you have to bare your soul in your songs so why not do it on twitter too?!
Which character traits does it take to succeed in show business?
In the music business it is important to be motivated and driven. You should be doing it for the right reasons, not for fame and fortune but for the music as an art-form and as a personal release. The rest may come eventually as a bi-product but fame and fortune should not be the goal.
Do you earn money or you play in the fun?
I now earn enough money to live in London (which is expensive), and to enable me to concentrate on music full time which is all I need right now.
Is often someone inviting you to play at corporate parties? Do you play?
Sometimes I get offers to play at corporate parties. I am quite selective with these offers because although they are well paid, they are sometimes to a distracted audience. However, I do play them occasionally. For example; I am playing one in December where they want to hear my own music at a beautiful venue in Newcastle, UK called the ‘Sage Gateshead’. I am looking forward to that one.
What is major in your music?
It is important to me that the melodies are strong and the lyrics have depth and actual meaning to me. I don’t want to just make up meaningless words to sell a song, as there is enough of that happening in music industry right now. There is a section on the lyrics pages of my website dedicated to explaining the meaning of each song.
What kind of season you identify yourself and your music?
It’s difficult to say because the EP I released in February is pop/indie-rock and has been described as being similar to Coldplay and even James Morrison at times, whereas the music I am currently writing for my next EP is a bit edgier at points and a bit more ambient at other points. I’ll let other people worry about cataloguing me when it comes out next year.
Do you communicate with famous musicians?
Since I moved to London I know a lot of people who are very close to famous musicians such as Ed Sheeran and Newton Faulkner and it makes you realise that these people are just normal guys who have worked hard to get where they are. My bassist Henry Guy also plays bass in Katy B’s band and he has met with the likes of Mark Ronson and Dizzee Rascal and it’s generally always the same story. They’re just normal talented guys living in the limelight. Largely, fame doesn’t concern me.
What advice or ideas you took from dialogue with them?
I think the ideas and inspiration I’ve taken from the people I know who have had some fame is that fame and success should be achieved by hard work and commitment. it is important that you have a reason for achieving fame which you are proud of. One of my favourite quotes about fame is from Oprah Winfrey:
"If you come to fame not understanding who you are, fame will define who you are."