What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I was injected with super serum in the 1940’s as part of the USA super soldier programme to assist the Allied forces in fighting the Nazis and Hydra….oh wait, that’s not right. I was born
in Hong Kong, lived in London since I was 12, taught myself guitar at university,
started playing shows wherever I could, signed to Universal Publishing after my
first album came out and I am a proud member of The Orchard.
What made you go in to music?
Singing was the one thing I was always good at. That and sheer bloody mindedness.
Are you a signed?
Yes. I have a Label Services deal with The Orchard and my publishing is with Universal.
Your new record ‘Darling, It’ll Be Alright’ is out , tell us more about it.
It’s a positive record about reassurance and strength. It’s the most personal I’ve got on a record so far
and I’m really proud of it. It’s produced by Ian Barter.
Describe each track in two words.
Home – memory trip
Bury My Heart- last request
Crazy Love- pop hit
Shapes In The Sun- cosmic
Hurting – regrets / hopes
Darling, It’ll Be Alright – I
Dust & Heat – travelling
Waiting For Something To
Believe In – political song
Lonely Hearts, Los Angeles –
Natasha – my wife
What was the writing process like?
For various reasons I was able to write over the course of a year so the process was thorough and unhurried. It was brilliant to have so much time.
What was the recording process like?
Fun as always! Ian and I don’t mess around and I don’t believe in doing endless takes and tinkering for weeks. We have a good rhythm now after working together for years. Add in some cups of
tea and theological debates and it’s got all the ingredients for a slice of
Who did you work with on the album with? Will we see a music videos for any of the tracks?
This album is all me. In the studio, Ian Barter was instrumental in helping to me realise my vision for the
songs. I would love to do a music video for a few of the songs but I find it
very challenging so I want to make sure I get it right before we roll cameras.
Listen to ‘Home’ below’
Do you have any shows coming up or a tour in planning?
A headline tour of the USA in May.
If so where will you be heading?
Coast to coast and bunch of places in between. Also an album release show in London on June 6th.
What else can we expect in 2019?
I’m already working on album number three.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
Nothing planned but I’m hoping to change that.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Yes indeed but it has to happen organically for me. Usually it’s people I meet on the touring circuit.
Do you play any instruments?
I play guitar and the smallest hint of piano.
Who are your influences?
Bon Iver, Feist, Michael Kiwanuka, Bruce Springsteen, Brandi Carlile, Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
From films, books, my wife and from trying to capture the feelings that resonate with me and others.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully on stage somewhere playing music with some amazing people for some other amazing people and contributing to the positivity that the world needs.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love to read, reading is breathing. I also am a massive nerd so watching the absolute multitude of
amazing films and television is something I fit in around my main joy, which is
being with my wife and child.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Flume by Bon Iver. It is one of
my favourite songs ever and it cast a spell on me and inspired me to write and
perform my own music.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
My wife told me to stop playing
covers and perform my own songs.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Say yes to everything. Play every
show, speak to every person and keep yourself open to all opportunities. You
never know who you might meet and what could come of it. Most importantly know
that you will never please everyone so don’t try to.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Well there’s a lot to choose from in London. I would say make sure to explore all of London and not just
gravitate to Piccadilly Circus.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
2/ Who do you see first?
3/What do you eat first?
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Guitar, batteries, a book,
spare strings and taking a nap.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Find me on
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with all the rest of us artists.