Sidney Berthier

Sounds likeThe Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Primal Scream

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I'm a young French singer and songwriter living in South London. I moved here at the age of 16 to being my university degree prematurely, and graduated at the age of 19 with a Masters from Cambridge.

Although I grew up in France, my influences are mostly British with the likes of 60s-70s artists such as the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Kinks, T. Rex, Led Zeppelin, Davy Graham, Donovan and Bert Jansch informing my musical tastes.

As well as composing all the lyrics myself, I love playing the guitar and have a very clean, articulate riff-driven sound. I hate whiny songs, and always try to turn even the darkest of feelings into something forward-moving and closer to rock 'n' roll. I also have a marked vintage sound, harkening back to the 60s and 70s.

Alongside music, I love filmmaking and draw heavily on the films and TV shows I consume to write songs. This can range from borrowing imagery to simply referencing and using plotlines, characters or lines of dialogue as a starting point. I love cinematic music and try to blend those influences with my rock 'n' roll predilections.

I've also just released my first album after a string of EPs and am looking to promote this slowly across the UK, hoping to play smaller venues that cater to engaged audiences.

What's the first song you remember hearing? 'Stayin' Alive' by the Bee Gees

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Any ABBA song

What was the first gig you went to? The Dandy Warhols on their Distortland tour, back in April 2016

Which song do you wish you'd written? 'All the Money or the Simple Life Honey' by the Dandy Warhols

Which song would you like played at your funeral? 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' by Monty Python

What song is stuck in your head right now? 'Waterloo' by ABBA

What was the first Album you bought? 'Exile on Main St.' by the Rolling Stones

Which song made you want to play music? 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' by the Rolling Stones - it's fast, loose, dangerous and feels like a psychedelic, bluesy take on Motown and Chuck Berry

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