How to get ahead in the music biz
Are your family musical at all?
My grandma used to sing. My mum remembers her having a voice like Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald. And my great-grandad played harmonica at the local pub in Mansfield. Which might explain why I used to take a harmonica around with me everywhere when I was little. My mum bought it me when we went on holiday in Wales.
When did the music start for you?
Only two years ago. I was really into sport more than music when I was younger. Mainly tennis and football. I started playing the electric guitar, playing along to Pete Doherty and Babyshambles songs, but my first gig was at the local pub, the Railway Inn, doing Elvis covers. Elvis was one of my biggest influences. My mum introduced me to him, Dusty Springfield, Karen Carpenter, Fleetwood Mac and Al Green.
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When did you start playing gigs in Nottingham?
About a year ago. It was at the Maze as part of the Acoustickle night. I got in touch with Parisa, who runs Acoustickle, on Facebook and asked if I could play. Afterwards she said she liked my set and introduced me to a few people. I've played about 80 gigs since then.
You recently signed to Farmyard Records. When will you release material?
I'm going into the studio next week.
You've already had a song played on XFM – how come?
Mark Del from Nusic sent the track to them without me knowing and when I was on my way to London someone sent me a text saying it had just been played on the radio. It was the song Stranger and it was made Song of the Week.
I hear that Billy Bragg and KT Tunstall like your stuff?
That was Mark Del again. He sent Billy Bragg a message on Twitter with a link to one of my songs and he said that he really liked it. I met KT Tunstall at a gig in London, which was great because her album was the first one I ever bought. I was doing a gig and she came up to me after and said she really enjoyed my music.
How would you describe your music?
I don't like to but I suppose it's acoustic country, folk and blues.
Which other Notts artists do you like?
I love Harleighblu; she has a great voice. And the Gorgeous Chans are really cool.