If you had to describe your music in a sentence, what would you say?
It’s anthemic electro-pop. It can range from heartfelt ballads to guitar driven anthems. My aim is to have people screaming at the top of their lungs, and then sobbing, within the same set.
How did you get into music?
As soon as I came to the harsh realisation, when I was about seven years old, that I wasn’t going to play up front for England, I really focused on it. I started writing when I was 14. The first song I wrote was a tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, as it was around the time of the inquest that found they were unlawfully killed.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
My dad used to play The Killers a lot. I remember listening to them in the car on the way back from my nan’s and it gave me this feeling of vast awesomeness and emotion. Like you could cry but you wouldn’t know why you were crying. I was lucky enough to see them two years ago in the Echo Arena and I’ve never felt jealousy like it in my life. I just wanted to be Brandon Flowers. I still do.
Why is music important to you?
It’s crazy the fact that you can be sat there, hear something, and then three and a half minutes later your mood has changed. And that’s something anyone can experience. I think writing is one of the best outlets: a lot of the time I’ll write a song in a rush, listen back to it and it’ll outline events in my life and feelings that I didn’t necessarily know I had. That’s special. Then sharing what you’ve made with other people who might relate to something that you’ve written, alone in your bedroom, creates a connection that we can sometimes overlook but is amazing.
What does your favourite song to perform live say about you?
I have a song called OKAY and it has an energy about it that people seem to respond to. It’s basically a confession of all my insecurities and flaws and it’s a strangely liberating feeling getting to sing them out to a room full of strangers. It has a cool synth line on it as well, so that helps.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting?
Definitely a mixture of influences and art, but the majority of the time it’s my own emotions. I think writing about current affairs is very important, though; I’m trying to do it more. As artists we have a unique platform with which we can do a lot of good, so we should try to.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
I recently played a new electronic set at Constellations for Sound City as a part of Levi’s Music Project. Debuting songs that you’ve produced over months is always exciting, if not nerve-wracking. Levi’s had personalised the venue for us artists and created graphic design to play as a backdrop while we performed. It was grand.
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
There’s this guy called Jimothy Lacoste who I’ve only just discovered. He has an 80s feel and does some funny songs. It’s worth watching his videos because his dance moves are something else.
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
It’ll come as no surprise after my earlier fanboying, that it would be a dream to support The Killers. Bastille as well. They’re both great bands who’ve influenced me a lot.