Credit: Nielsen Reaveley
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Credit: Nielsen Reaveley
Tell us a bit about yourself? I'm a 19 year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist based in London and Brighton. My influences include Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse, Donny Hathaway, Nat King Cole, John Mayer, Queen and George Michael. I was originally a classical musician and started playing at the age of seven. Aged 14 I changed my interests to becoming a singer songwriter and have been writing ever since!
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? I sing about different subjects, and create original guitar hooks that are the right balance between intricate and simple. Because of this, I also think that when you press the play button you can tell it's one of my songs fairly quickly, which is pretty important when you're trying to stand out!
Is there a back-story to one of your songs that people can relate to? My latest single 'Modern Monopoly' is relatable for a lot of musicians I know, because it's based around travelling to London trying to pursue a career in music. When writing it I tried to capture my most challenging days, carrying an amp, guitar and microphone stand, travelling on the tube all day. However the song turned out to be about how much I was inspired by the city, and how it has made me more ambitious . Essentially it's relatable to anyone who's ever been to London, down to the fact it mentions so many iconic locations. Of course it also draws some references to the game Monopoly.
What are you working on at the moment? As well as trying to get more gigs and promoting my forthcoming debut EP, I've been writing a second EP. I'm pretty happy because I know I have some great songs lined up for the near future.
What's the first song you remember hearing? We Will Rock You - Queen
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
What was the first gig you went to? Jeff Beck at The o2!
Which song do you wish you'd written? December, 1963 - Frankie Valli!
Which song changed your life? The Girl Is Mine - Michael Jackson
Which song would you like played at your funeral? Father and Son - Cat Stevens
What song is stuck in your head right now?Like A Prayer - Madonna
What was the first Album you bought? Nashville Skyline - Bob Dylan
Which song made you want to play music? September - Earth, Wind & Fire