Who am I:
I’m a singer/songwriter who lives in London, but originates from the rolling hills of Yorkshire. I moved to the big city a few years ago in search of a better scene to ensure that my music and I had the best possible chance at a career. Since then, I have made multiple bonds between other musicians and friends that I wouldn’t change for the world. I am a person who admires the real musicians of our generation, the ones who take care and pride in their work and don’t just exploit music for money. I am also someone who appreciates art in all forms, music like any art is a subjective matter and therefore, there really is no right or wrong. I believe if what you are doing comes from what you love and what you are passionate for, then through song writing methods, instrument/vocal skill of varying types and personality, it can be expressed. There will always be someone out there that likes the end product.
Credit where credit is due:
I feel like I need to give some people a mention, there are a lot of them and most of them know who they are, but I really want to thank them for their day in, day out guidance, respect and kindness.
I’d be nothing without you guys, my job would be so much harder and probably not as fun. You now have it in writing, a personal thank you from me to you. The support you all give me help me through the most stressful times.
– To write all my own songs and play them.
– To reach a level of skill where I can jam with even the most talented of musicians.
– Achieve a wide understanding and appreciation of multiple genres.
– To stay grounded throughout all my experiences as a musician, no matter how famous a person is, they are still human.
– To write lyrics that mean more than a simplyfied notion of love or meaningless sentence repeated multiple times over.
– To do either a world tour or tour US/Japan/Europe
– To have a fan base that look beyond physical appearances, personal wealth and race. These things should mean nothing when you are listening to music.
– To inspire a change within the younger generations to set aside petty things like what race you are, what your sexual preference is, whether you are a man or a woman and what religion, if any you believe in.
– To win an award for songwriting.
I have many inspirations, not all of them inspire my actual music. Some inspire me on the topics of writing, some inspire my stage presence and some are just people I look up to, here are a few:
BB. King: Although this man is now not with us, he will go in down in the hall of fame for a couple of things. Firstly, for his amazing guitar playing, he could describe his emotion through a guitar, like Shakespeare through his quill. Secondly, he will go down as one of the most committed and hard working musicians of all time, this man toured 365 days a year and even got married on tour.
John Mayer: Another guy who has incredible skill with a guitar, but also has the most incredible voice. What I respect most about John Mayer is his songwriting, it’s really something special.
Ben Howard: Ben Howard was the first person who got me into acoustic mainstream folk, he has great melody lines in his songs and works harmonies into his songs really well. I think Ben Howard is my biggest inspiration because he was one of the first people who I tried to play like, his music influenced mine.
As a musician, there are many things that make up a favourite performance, there is the venue, the crowd, the sound and the host. Here are a few places I have played and loved big time!
The Stag’s Head – Run by an awesome guy, The Stag’s Head in Hoxton really cares about new music within London and in general. Although I have only played there one night and it was the start of a debut project, hosted by Hoxton radio’s very own Emma CB. It was an incredible night that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Seb Collective nights: Anything Seb Collective is organising is going to be a good one, this Cinderella squad can make any venue fit for an amazing night of unsigned showcasing.
Troubadour – Just ask any musician who has been around the circuit a few times about The Troubadour, and they will tell you that this place is awesome! There is a great crowd, great sound and an all round engrossing atmosphere.
The Water Rats – This venue is filled with history and interesting people. The host and sound engineers are really helpful and brilliant at their jobs.
Favourite unsigned musicians:
At the moment there is so much talent around, that trying to choose acts to talk about is almost impossible, but talent is only a part of being a successful musician. You have to have the full 9 yards (presence, personality, image, the skill and luck). So these musicians that I mention aren’t just a pretty face, they have the full package.
– Sharlette K (@SharletteK)
– The Belmont slims (@belmontslims)
– Fraser Churchill (@Fraserchurchill)
– Rich Stephenson (@stephensonrich)
– House of Lions (@HouseofLionsHOL)
How to get involved:
You can get involved in a multitude of ways. If you are someone who enjoys my music, then come to one of my live shows. supporting an artist through going to their gigs is one of the most important things to me, I prefer to count heads in a room than numbers on a screen. I put 120% effort into my live shows to ensure everyone enjoys themselves, if you want to keep up to date with these dates, check out the ‘latest events’ tab above.
Another way to be involved is, not just following me on Twitter and liking me on Facebook, it’s sharing the content I share with you guys.
Lastly, if you are someone who is interested in working with or investing in me, contact me via Twitter, the website or Facebook.
I love working with my, they are full of energy and passionate, we achieve so much with radio, TV interviews stacking up in my diary.
It was a great achievement and a pleasure working with the leading producer, Paul Stanborough who has worked with Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Scissor Sisters who has recently produced my latest EP with myself.