I’ve got a lot of cross genre influences from late 60s, early 70s, into the late 80s and early 90s and that really come across my style of my sound, I won’t apologise for it, I just love to mix it up a little. I suppose Americana fusion is where I am right now and hope you enjoy it. It’s a little blast from the past!
How did you get started, and what has led up to where you are today as an artist?
I was playing guitar age of 6 in ‘78 and back then I suppose I kind of leant towards rock music originally switched to the drums for about 20 years doing nice work with some 70s rock musicians and then I went solo. Then concentrated on writing and recording predominantly from around 2000 present, performing most of the parts on the tracks. As of now, working on simpler tracks that I can perform live and solo.
Who do you feel has influenced your sound the most?
That is a really tricky one. Main obsession was probably Queen as I started to get into music, themselves extremely varied and lots of classical touches. The Eagles and some early country Classics from my childhood, such as Glen Campbell, Wichita, Lineman and lots of others in between. Later on in the 80s and in the 90s, I really liked the unplugged sessions that were very popular on MTV. Irrespective of the artist just the way the dynamics came across, still powerful yet not massively electrified.
What do you feel sets you apart from other artists and gives you your own sound?
I don’t profess to be massively original, but I suppose, after so many years writing recording and playing with different people, just the richness of that experience and the mix of genres that I like to put together has been noted by various people that have listened to my music and an unusual voice / vocal tone which is kind of a struggle LOL fighting through the gravelly issues of my voice box and takes quite a lot of effort to pitch which can be also nuance.
What has been your biggest challenge and what do you feel you have learned from it?
I think confidence, quite a common issue with writers & performers, and you always think that maybe you’re not quite good enough, but essentially you should always back yourself and when you working hard on your passion that energy will ultimately come across with feeling. People will notice that passion, even if it’s not entirely perfect, just do it.
Tell us about your latest project, what have you got going on at the moment?
I’ve got an entire album ready to drop but quietly working away in the background for years meant that a following needed to be established first really. So the decision was discussed with my PR team and we went to a couple of singles first, really excited that we are now starting to gain some traction.
What advice would you give to anyone new coming into the industry?
Just be yourself, don’t try to follow trends and work on a brand that is instantly recognisable. One thing that I’ve done recently is taking advice on my branding and it’s really working so please take a look at my socials and you’ll see what I mean.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank for getting you to where you are now, anyone you’d like to give a shout-out to?
So many but going back to the start Jonathan Bigland, my first real band real singing job, because without that I wouldn’t really worried about vocals The guys I worked with in the UK tours for Michael Bruce, i.e. Craig Price, Paul, Gaskin Dan, Tuttle and most recently Rachel Selleck, for helping me attain some traction in this world, Matt, Bishop, Tom, Bishop, Marc Cotterell for Music and Video production and also my awesome family for putting up with me and my antics for so many years.
How can fans find you?
I would love it if fans connected with my via my social media platforms! I am also working on lots of content for Instagram and YouTube.