Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Aidan Logan find out more about him…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from Belfast. I first got into music when my mum played Garth Brooks’ Greatest Hits in the car non-stop, I began singing along and then got a guitar around the age of 4. I pretty much never stopped from then (in spite of pleas).
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up the main one was Garth Brooks. Seeing his high-energy live shows had me hooked. I loved the way he’d structure songs and how the words told stories, I also enjoyed Billy Joel and the Bee Gees.
More recently I’ve found myself influenced by The 1975, Hozier, Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran.
How would you describe your sound?
Catchy melodic hooks sitting somewhere between country and pop, usually using acoustic instruments.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
“Turbulence” is my latest single (released 14th September). I was listening to a lot of synth-y style pop songs. My original idea for the song was a synth type vibe, but I came to love the acoustic feel after playing it live at shows. I got the idea on a flight to Portugal, when the plane shook. I jotted down as many ideas as sprung to mind, I wrote the song properly a few weeks later.
What’s your local music scene like?
The talent in Northern Ireland is incredible. There are so many great songwriters and singers that the standard seems to rise dramatically each year. There are great nights like the Society Sessions, AER Music Club and of course the Panarts Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, they’re all overflowing with amazing songwriters and hair-raising singers.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
My E.P (Turbulence) will be released on Thursday 14th September at a launch night in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. In late October I’ll be travelling to Nashville to play a few shows and write with some amazing writers.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are lots. I’d love to collaborate with Garth Brooks, given his early influence in my songwriting. But I’d also love to collaborate with someone completely different to me in style, like Max Martin, I love the songs he’s written and produced and I always love trying to develop and push my writing in a new direction.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
During a set once, a drunken lady climbed on stage and attempted a stage-dive. She somehow managed to choose the wrong direction and landed on the stage, damaging some equipment, lucky she was uninjured. I wasn’t though, I laughed so hard I think I pulled a muscle and it kind of killed the heart-felt ballad I was singing too.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I love to engage with audiences, include interaction and humour in my performances.