Where are you from?
I’m from a town called Greenock on the west coast of Scotland.
How long have you been playing your respective instrument(s)?
Since I was about fourteen.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
I just try to write catchy songs I tend to leave categorisation to everyone else. I’ve been called everything from punk, Grunge, indie to folk pop. So your guess is as good as mine.
What are your influences?
I love going to see new bands. There’s nothing more inspiring than someone pouring their heart out on stage. Just makes you want to up your game.
Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?
Not really something I’ve ever bothered with. I always just thought the time I spend learning someone else’s song I could be writing my own.
Do you have a process for writing your songs?
Not really songs tend to just come to me. I tend to have lots of ideas on my phone and just sort through them all together. I’m terrible for not finishing songs. I’ve usually got three or four songs going on at once.
Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?
Haha yeah pretty much every gig I play something bizarre happens to me. Recently there was some random drunk guy tried to jam along to my song ‘Seventeen’ it’s this really nice thoughtful quiet finger picked song about lost youth. I’d just dedicated it to two of my friends that sadly passed away. And about three lines in he just starts playing over me with his harmonica. Out of time I might add. No one batted an eyelid. Like it’s the norm. He bought me a pint so all was forgiven.
What song do you remember most from your childhood?
I was really lucky growing up my Parents were really into music my Mum loves Motown & my Dad loves bands like the Who, The Animals, Rolling Stones right through to the Rat Pack. So there isn’t really one song. Lol there’s like an entire back catalogue.
What has been your biggest challenge as a performer? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?
I have really bad Dyslexia so that can be an issue when applying for gigs/festivals and doing interviews like this one. It takes me ages. And then I have to read through everything a few time just to make sure it all makes sense. I see the world a little bit differently so I tend to use it to my advantage when writing songs.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
You can get me on:
You can also get my music from:
And all other good online outlets.
Have you released anything yet/if you have then how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?
I released an EP called Footprints at the end of 2015 and got some amazing feedback
I’ve just released my debut album ‘Pen To Paper’ which has been getting loads of airplay and the critics seem to be really liking it as well which is always a good sign.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
My Favourite gig so far has to be supporting My Vitriol at Stereo in Glasgow they invited me to open for them. Really decent guy’s as well. There’s no such thing as a bad venue sometimes you can just have a bad night.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’m playing 8th March at the Beacon in Greenock
Then I’m in Bathgate on the 16th March at the Dreadnaught.
Then I’m off on tour in April.
What do you think about downloading music online?
I think it’s great. It’s another way for artists to get their music heard. Unfortunately there are people out there that think music is free and don’t realise they are making it harder for less established acts to make a living.
What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
I think there are great bands out there that 20 years ago would be signed and in the top 40 but in today’s climate record companies just don’t have the money to take a chance. There are some great indie labels out there like Last Night From Glasgow & Lost Map that are just knocking It out the park.
And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
Oh that’s easy George Lucas just so I could tell him in person how much I hated Phantom Menace. In all seriousness I’d rather just go for a few beers with my mates I don’t see them nearly as much as I’d like.
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