Have you always wanted to create music?
Yes… then no… then yes again. I had a brief stint of wanting to be a priest, so I spent many days at the living room table offering my family the body of Christ in the form of Discos crisps. When I was about nine or 10, though, I performed Everlong by the Foo Fighters at a school assembly on an out of tune Yamaha EG112 guitar and haven’t looked back since. Classic.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
John Frusciante performing Usually Just a T-Shirt #3 on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Off The Map DVD. That performance hit me like a frying pan to the face. I was floored that the guitarist in one of the biggest bands on the planet had this other side (no pun intended) to him that was so vulnerable, raw, honest and beautiful.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?
Not particularly, I enjoy the flow of an overall set, like how the slower pieces contrast the big thumpy joints, and vice-versa. It’s ace when your energy on that given day affects the tone of a song and evokes different feelings than you initially intended with the words. Having said that, Dungarees is fun to play ’cos there’s a dead fast rappy bit at the end.
If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
I would say my music encapsulates sitting on the couch in comfy PJ bottoms eating homemade apple crumble and custard while wondering why you threw that baggy Fila hoodie away three years ago. But that never pops up as an option on the drop down menu when you’re applying for festivals.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
St. Mary’s Creative Space in Chester was a special experience. Performing to a seated audience in an atmosphere where you could hear a pin drop was incredibly haunting and beautiful. Hold on, what am I talking about? I played a gig on a boat once. That was rad.
Why is music important to you?
Sometimes I feel like music is a pleasant distraction from life and stuff: a form of escapism. But I think it might actually be the other way around. What does that even mean? I don’t know… damn you, Bido Lito!, for sneaking in a serious question and making my brain do the equivalent of 25 push-ups.