Give us a little bio about your music & your influences.
My sound is an amalgam of Classic Rock, Country, Folk and Blues – I grew up listening to everything from Van Halen to Carly Simon, so there’s a lot going on there! By far, my biggest influence has been the music scene here in Leeds. Listening to so many amazing local Rock bands and being part of such an incredible community has been a huge inspiration.
Your DEBUT single ‘ Grand Canyon ‘ is out now – tell us the meaning behind the track.
This song is essentially just a huge mess of heartache and angst over a lost love. It’s quite cinematic in a lot of way, but it’s also very cathartic. It’s about the battle between denial and acceptance when someone turns out not to be who you thought they were.
What was the writing & recording process like?
Very long! I wrote the song on a train in twenty minutes, and ended up spending two years recording it. I think I needed that time though. We began putting it all together during my final year of university, obviously a time of great change and confusion, but in the end the process taught me an awful lot about the music I wanted to make and the kind of artist I wanted to be.
Will we see a EP or Album this year?
No plans for an album just yet, but there will be another single release coming your way next year, so keep your eyes peeled!
Do you have any gigs or a tour coming up?
Yes! I’m going to be off on a solo tour of the UK in January/February next year, which is crazy! I’m particularly excited because I’m beginning with a headline show in Leeds, and finishing with a headline show in my hometown in Oxfordshire. It’s going to be a very special one.
What else can we expect from you in 2018?
Definitely more new music! After taking a break, I’m so excited to get back in the studio with my band, so recording will be the theme of 2018 for sure.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully somewhere sunny! For real though, a big dream of mine is to play the UK Festival circuit over the summer, so I’d love to be up there on the bill at Reading & Leeds with some of my favourite bands. Whatever I’m doing, I want to be blissfully and stupidly happy.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I read, I knit, I watch a lot of Netflix! Living that crazy Rock n’ Roll lifestyle as I’m sure you can tell…
What made you go in to music?
It sounds incredibly corny, but I knew from day one that I wanted to be a musician. I remember pestering my parents to buy me a guitar aged nine, I think that was the first clue! I even studied music at university, so it’s something I always knew I would spend my life doing.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Be yourself. Everybody says it all the time, but what that means to me is not allowing someone else to run your life. I think it’s so important to understand the values by which you want to live your life, and it’s something I think about every day.
You come home from a tour…
1/ Where is the first place you go? My bed.
2/Who is the first person you see? My flatmates for a long catch up over pizza and red wine.
3/What is the first thing you eat. See above.