This is a difficult question as there are so so many artists I admire and love but if I had to pick three, I would pick John Mayer, Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac.
This is easy for me as there is one album I will play all the way through whenever I need to relax, and that is John Mayer – Where The Light Is. The album is the whole of his concert in LA live, so has all of his best tracks along with the audience reactions and great guitar solos linking the songs. For me it’s just perfect!
I have two favourite songs and they are both a bit odd! One is Len – Steal My Sunshine, as it just cheers me up whenever I listen to it and it’s perfect for a sunny day. The other is Sufjan Stevens – For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti. I just think that song is so beautiful and the banjo part is so relaxing and lovely.
Best Performer I Have Seen Live?
I have seen many great artists in concert, such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Sam Smith, but hands down the best was London Grammar. I saw them at a festival in Nottingham called No Tomorrow and they were just amazing! The whole band is so talented, with great songs and Hannah Reid’s voice is mesmerising. The album is great, but live they are out of this world!
What Instruments Do I Play?
I mainly sing and play piano to accompany myself, but I also play saxophone (badly nowadays!).
How Do I Write My Songs?
I’m a strong believer that you can’t force song-writing or the song won’t have feeling and will be pretty crap. I carry a notebook with me a lot of the time and always take one on holiday, just in case any ideas hit me when I’m on the go. Then I go to the piano and work out a melody and chords. Usually I write lyrics first, then melody and then accompaniment, although occasionally I think of the melody and lyrics together.
How Would I Describe My Original Music?
If I had to label my songs with a genre I would probably say Pop, but I would like to think that they aren’t superficial even though they are upbeat. I write mostly about my own experiences and emotions, which I think makes my songs heartfelt and easy for others to relate to.
My Music Career So Far?
I’m really just getting started as I have spent the last three years concentrating on my academics, whilst doing music on the side. My parents wanted me to have a back up plan, in the form of a degree, in case singing doesn’t work out, so I have been at university studying for the past three years, whilst writing music and travelling down to London to record. At the end of these three years I now have a 1st Class Honours Degree in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham, a fully produced 10 track pop album and a 10 track EP of house and garage remixes of my songs ready to release this summer (hopefully!), so I’m ready to tackle whatever life throws my way!
And Finally, Why Do I Want To Be A Musician?
I’ve always loved singing ever since I was young and when I was 18 I decided I wanted to make the transition from hobby to career. I’ve spent the last three years focusing on my back up plan, so now I’m ready to give what I really love a shot! Music has got me through some rough times and I love the idea of being able to touch people with my music and maybe provide the same sort of peace for someone else. The absolute dream would be to perform and have a crowd singing my lyrics back to me; I think that would be the most amazing feeling in the world!