What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you
I’m an East London, 20-year-old singer-songwriter – probably a bit different from your average censored, clean cut images.
You are set to release your new single ‘Nice Shoes’, tell us more about it
‘Nice Shoes’ is about an encounter with a girl on the tube at night. It’s a massive change to stuff I have done previously but a sound I really believe in and think people will connect with.
What was the writing process like?
I don’t really write. I go about my life and stories happens; I then come back to something traumatic, funny or embarrassing and commentate on it. In this case it was a about meeting a stunning Italian girl on the tube, getting to know her through Google Translate and ending back at hers. A couple of months later I wrote ‘Nice Shoes’.
What was the recording process like?
Luckily I’m working with a recording engineer who is really passionate about making the records sound as good as possible. I had written ‘Nice Shoes’ a couple of weeks earlier, so after playing it live, it was graved in stone, so it just seemed like getting an itch off of me. A pretty banging itch to be fair.
Describe the tracks in two words
You also have a new video to accompany it. What was the video process like?
I knew actors had a hard time but I didn’t realize how long days can be. We shot for nearly twelve hours throughout the day, and after it I was knackered and in the end only three minutes odd was used.
Do you have an EP or album coming out soon?
‘Nice Shoes’ is next and the B-side is ‘Take My Money’, which is the complete opposite of ‘Nice Shoes’ and more like my previous single ‘Enough’.
If so what can you tell us about it?
‘Take My Money’ started out as a dig at an ex-girlfriend. She was used to bankers, lots of money and being surrounded by lustful eyes. I still can’t wrap my head around why she got involved with a musician – in London. She couldn’t ask for someone with less money if she tried mate.
Will you be heading out on tour or have any gigs?
There is lots of stuff in the pipeline, which I’m hyped for but my main focus is The George Tavern on 14th September. It’s my local venue, everyone will be out and I can’t wait to play it. My gigs are pretty notorious for being raucous and a good night in general. Come scream some tunes and get beer poured all over you in an East London backdrop.
What is your message you are trying to tell your fans?
Stop apologizing, do what you want and don’t compromise. People are constantly trying to get in line instead of having a good time. My message is one of come, have a good time, get sad, get happy, get drunk and do it all again next weekend.
What else can we expect from you?
More gigs and more music.
Are you signed?
I’m not but I’m happy doing what I’m doing at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to say no if something good came knocking but I just really want to create stuff that I believe in and show people.
Who are your influences?
It’s changed through the years but if you went on my day-to-day Spotify playlist, you’d see a lot of Jamie T (shock horror), Slaves, The Streets, Idles, Spring King. All that good stuff.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully a washed-up musician on Celebrity Big Brother trying to make the money back I spunked on beer and golden cheetahs.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
You’ll probably find me with my mates in a rave.
Where is your dream venue to play in your hometown?
There is one that’s down the road which I go past on the 15 bus nearly every day. It’s the Troxy. Loads of boxing matches go on there. I didn’t realize it was actually a music venue too until Robbie Williams done a show. That would be a massive thank you to everyone in my area if I ever played there. The George Tavern is just down the road from that. So, I imagine that would be x100.
Would you be up for collaborating with an unsigned artist or band? If so how can they contact you?
Yeah, I’m always with mates just jamming and writing stuff. Drop me a message and I’m down.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I used to really like Green Day and I thought ‘ahh that’s cool’, but I then went heavy into the acoustic scene and lost interest. It’s when I started getting into Jamie T, Slaves and Spring King and saw the energy they were giving off that I wanted to do something with the same buzz. The gigs where people are getting involved and getting messy really motivate me to get to that level.
Where is your dream festival to perform?
Isn’t everyone’s Glasto?
What made you go in to music?
I was brought up not listening to music. Until I was 13 I don’t think I went out of my way to listen to anything. It was when I was around that age when I saw a stage put up on the marathon in London and I then thought I wanted to be on that.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Know who you are as an artist and always count your change.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not just about the industry but also just as an artist/band?
People chat a lot of shit so don’t get down when Ricky from a label says they’re going to sign you tomorrow and you’re going to be eating caviar with Justin Bieber by the end of the week.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
If you try to become everyone’s cup of tea you eventually become a mug.
When you are at a gig, what 5 things can you not forget?
I forget everything – I think I’ve forgotten my guitar once. But for the best show I would preferably have my guitar, my band, a couple swigs of vodka, my pedal and my pants.
You come off tour
1. Where is the first place you go? To the pub with my mate Leonardo, who’s in the Nice Shoes video, to tell him everything I got up to.
2. Who is the first person you see? My mum and my dad to reassure them that I’m not in need of immediate rehab admission.
3. What is the first thing you eat? My mum’s Sunday roast.
You work with Fifth Element PR, how did that come about?
I saw what they done with The Carnabys and I really liked it, so my manager got in touch and gladly they took us on.