What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m a 22 year old Scottish pop artist and producer. Recently I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and have since relocated to Nashville, where I spend my time writing with local artists/writers and producing music for myself and others.
What made you go into music?
Music was always a passion for me growing up. At 8 years old I took up playing the saxophone at school and singing in choirs. I later learned the guitar and piano simply and naturally found myself trying to write songs from a young age. It wasn’t until I decided to leave school a year early and take a college, music production and engineering course in Scotland where I fell in love with making music for myself and others and learning about the recording process.
Are you a signed artist?
I am not.
You released your new single ‘Where Do I Go’ – tell us more about the single.
This is my first solo release as a pop artist and I’m so excited to have it out in the world. I wrote “Where Do I Go” 2 years ago while studying at Berklee. I had no intention of writing a song that day, in fact I was meant to be setting up a recording session with a friend and got distracted for a few minutes when I sat down at the piano in the room and had this idea in my head.
What is the meaning behind ‘Where Do I Go’?
The song comes from a made up story in my head. I had been at college and away from my home, Scotland for 4 months. I was deeply homesick and at times would struggle to stay connected with my friends and family back home. It made me wonder what if everything back home was different, if I went home and no one I ever knew was still there. It wasn’t until I started writing this song that I felt a sense of loneliness and even fear. The emotions took over so quickly that the words almost seemed to write themselves.
Describe the track in two words.
Will we see a music video for the track?
With current affairs it has made it difficult to make one but look out because I am planning something…
Will we see an EP or Album this year?
It is a possibility! I have a lot of music in the works and am preparing more releases, I like the way of the singles so I may have a few more before an EP.
Do you have any shows coming up? If so where will you be heading? Currently all my shows will be from my living room. I will be doing a bi-weekly livestream from my living room to yours on Wednesday evenings. Once everything in the world clears up I plan to get some dates in the UK and US booked!
What else can we expect in Early 2020?
More music! I have lots more ready to put out. I’m so excited to kick things off with ‘Where Do I Go’ and this is just the beginning!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Yes, I love to collaborate with other artist! Being at a college like Berklee was amazing to meet so many other musicians that also create. I am currently working with Nashville based pop artist, Dede Kimble as well as other pop producer/artists like Abram, Al Von Staats and Peter Hanaman
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you?
Do you play any instruments?
Yes, I play Tenor and Alto saxophone, guitar and piano.
Who are your influences?
I take a lot after Coldplay and Lauv. More recently, it has been fellow Glaswegian, Lewis Capaldi.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Often times it is just thoughts or stories I make up in my head. I have a pretty wild imagination so it’s never too hard to conger up some ideas.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I see myself headlining around the UK and Europe playing my original material. I’d like my song writing/producing career to be as important as my artist and for them to go hand in hand.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love to take my dog, Rosie on long hikes. I’m a BIG fifa fan. I’m also usually FaceTiming my family a lot as their all back home in Scotland. When the weekends come, I’m all football, I follow my team, Everton every game.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
‘Help Is Round The Corner’ off Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ EP
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
A problem shared is a problem halved. Things are always easier to get through when you give others the ability to help you.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Music is the one place you are completely free to speak your mind. Don’t be afraid to write your story in any way you see fit.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
‘Keep the head’. It seems so insignificant but I always remember it from growing up and playing football, if I lost the ball or played a poor pass, the manager and my dad would always tell me ‘Fraser, keep the head’. I take that with me in any walk of life.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Stirling castle. Hands down. It’s a beautiful building with incredible views. Every time I come home I visit there.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
If it’s a Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Goodison Park to see Everton. If not, Dumgoyne, my favourite hill in Scotland to hike.
2/ Who do you see first?
Presuming my girlfriend has been on tour with me…the golf course with a few of my mates.
3/What do you eat first?
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
#1 Enjoy the moment
A tuned guitar
The words to songs
An extra song in case of ‘one more tune’