Which artist has influenced you the most, and why?
That’s a tough question. The Beatles have always been a part of my musical education, so I will have to point to them as the main influence… I return to their work often as their catalogue is such, that that’s possible… The way they can condense a sense of a feeling or thought into a track or a phrase has always been something I admire in them.
What would you say has been your favourite gig?
Well, as a songwriter and recording artist, gigs haven’t been my thing thus far. I like reaching people through their headphones.
How do you produce records/ what is your creative process?
My early tracks were made on whatever home recording set-up I could muster… and more recently the recording studio has been the place where it all comes together… My creative process is quite varied, which is how I like to keep it… I’m heavily into lyrics, so things tend to form around them… but I think it’s important to explore… so I spend my time putting in place the things that allow that to happen…. Whether that’s ‘sitting-with-the-guitar’ time, or writing in notebooks…
What where your inspirations on writing the ‘Bored of the Idiot Chatter’ EP?
Well, I wanted to put together a selection of my work and make the CD and send it to people… I’d sent t-shirts internationally to fans before and wanted to do the same thing with the CD… the more I worked on the CD itself and the artwork with the people involved with it, the more things came together… it was a challenge to get it done, but a worthwhile one. The fact I can also give it to people digitally is still great, I love that people can take something away if they come across my work and like it, wherever they are in the world. I wanted an EP that shows people what I’m about… As I’m always writing, making new material and moving forward, I think it’s important to capture things at a moment in time – I’m happy with the EP as an example of that.
What are you listening to right now?
I’m on a bit of an LA-sound vibe at the moment… so I’ve been listening to some unknown bands out LA way… but I also spend a lot of time listening to Stand up comedy and I think you can learn a lot about individuality from it… so my listening habits are split between those two areas at the moment.
What are your plans for 2013?
Keep writing, keep going and keep working hard.
Where would you like to be in five years time?
Looking back with a smile, with a sense that the sacrifices made were without a doubt – worth it.