SPOTLIGHT

Photography: Michael Davies

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If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
Sometimes poppy, sometimes more experimental. I am only recently beginning to own how inconsistent my style is.

Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
I have always had an emotional connection to it. My family are all music lovers, so I was always surrounded by great music. I found music was always the best tool to process my emotions, too. My mum says I used to sing a lot as a child. Mostly school hymns.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
I used to jam out to Give Me Oil In My Lamp in assembly. I’m not Christian, but Jesus can sure write a hit. One time me and my brother found a pile of rap CDs behind some kid’s house. His parents had thrown them out, probably because of the language. We salvaged them and gave them a lot of spins over the years. I would say those memories always stick out because that was my first experience of discovering music for myself.

What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
I would say most of my creativity comes from when I’m feeling down. Break-ups are usually my fuel for writing. I always find I’m super creative when my room is messy and I’m unwashed. It’s like Method acting but for songwriting, creating an environment that mirrors the music I’m trying to make.

 If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
It’s between Alex G, Andy Shauf or Chastity Belt at the moment.

 Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
The Reeds was definitely a stand-out, it was so small you were literally face to face with the audience. Sound Basement was always a great setting for a good night, too. It’s sad to a see a lot of them are no longer open. My heart aches for them. That makes the memories even more special now.

Why is music important to you?
I am such an anxious and shy person, so I always find music helps me communicate with people better, there isn’t anything in the world more intimate than listening to music with another person and being completely in silence for the whole song or album. To me, that silence tells me more about a person than any small talk ever could.

 

 

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