Solo Musician Interview: Sapienn

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Where are you from?

Central Scotland. I’ve lived in Glasgow for 5 years.

How long have you been playing your respective instrument(s)?

Guitar for around 15 years, vocals for around 3 years and mandolin for a year.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

That’s a difficult question, but I’ve settled on some sort of Alternative Folk.

What are your influences?

Frank Turner, The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Incubus, Alice In Chains.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?

I rarely play covers. I might on occasion if there’s friends or family in the room. Usually something stupid!

Do you have a process for writing your songs?

If I have a melody in my head, I’ll play it though in my mind over and over like I’m listening to a finished record. The hard part is making something that resembles what I’m hearing!

Do you have any interesting/funny stories about gigging or touring?

I once played to a man dancing with a Rottweiler if that counts?

What song do you remember most from your childhood?

Whitney Houston always springs to mind for some reason. No idea why.

What has been your biggest challenge as a performer? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?

Confidence was a big issue for me growing up. This would be manageable up to a certain point, playing as part of a band. Stepping into a solo project was quite daunting for me but I just had to go for it.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

My releases are on all the major digital platforms. Links can be found at

Have you released anything yet/if you have then how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?

I already have an EP and a full-length album under my belt. I have a new single due for release shortly, a new EP written and ready to record layer this year, and most of another full-length album ready to go after that!

Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?

I don’t have best and worst venues as such. It all depends on the audience on the night. King Tut’s on two separate birthdays were highlights.

Do you have any upcoming shows?

I’m launching my new single shortly at Glasgow’s Classic Grand. After that I’ll be taking a break from live performing to regroup and start something new.

What do you think about downloading music online?

I grew up before Napster took off so I know what it’s like on either side of the fence. As a new and relatively unknown artist I think it’s beneficial to put your music out for free, but long term it’s not the best option if you’re looking to make a career out of it.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

Again, it’s far easier to start out as a new musician, but at the same time it far more difficult to stand out when there’s so much new material on offer.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?

I once interrupted Jerry Cantrell’s lunch, and felt incredibly guilty and unworthy. Maybe I could make it up to him with a kebab.


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