If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
Classic instruments mixed with synths, sweetness with a touch of heartache.

Have you always wanted to create music?
Yeh, pretty much! I started piano lessons when I was four as my Mum wanted one of her children to be musical, so I guess she got her dream! I wrote my first full song when I was about 14, and it started from there.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
Hmm, I was very young when I started learning… but I remember that my Dad used to play a lot of The Beach Boys when I was a kid, which I loved. It made me want to make music that makes people feel happy but emotional at the same time. I guess that thought process still falls through today.

What does your new single F Song say about you and the way you perform?
I’m yet to play a gig as Strawberry Guy! However, when I play keyboard in my room I play chord progressions and sing melodies over them. Sometimes I’ll think in my head when I’m away from a keyboard what a chord progression might sound like and then I test it when I can play a keyboard to see if I was right in how it sounded… I guess this says that I’m quite a free but unintentionally methodical writer, ha!

If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Hmm, so many to choose from! I’m really digging Andy Shauf right now so that’d be up there, but an all-time favourite would be Michael Franks.

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
I played Piece Hall in Halifax playing keys for The Orielles in May. It just really stood out to me, it was such a tremendous place to play and I’ve not really had any other gigs quite like it. Fun fact: it’s called Piece Hall cos they used to make pieces of cloth there!

Why is music important to you?
I think music is important in many ways… Writing a song is an emotional release, it makes me feel incredibly happy. It gives me such an insane buzz, something I don’t get from anything else. I think it’s important because it can evoke so many emotions, it can make me dance, make me cry and flip your mood whatever mood you were in before. It’s powerful stuff, mayn.

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F Song is out now, and brand new track What Would I Do is available on the cassette The Music Will Save Us Vol. 2 from Sad Club Records.

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