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 10 Guitars find out more about him…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I grew up in Marston Green, Birmingham. I used to watch my dad play and pestered my parents for a guitar and got one on my 8th birthday. It had belonged to my Grandad who passed a couple of years before. That day I remember smelling the brass strings as I walked down the stairs and then awkwardly plucking the Pink Panther theme tune. I got a few lessons and when I turned 10 I got a Casio keyboard, then during secondary school picked up drums and bass. As the years went by and music took the digital turn I ventured into producing and performing live with what few tools I had at the time. I’ve been doing it ever since.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I used to listen to all sorts growing up, I have always put Michael Jackson at the top of my list but I also went through phases of listening to The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa to Cypress Hill to Snoop Dogg etc. Nowadays I have a few electronic favourites such as Boards of Canada and Prefuse 73, but I also like Prince and the occasional bit of grime. But one genre that does it for me is Techno. I listen to Dave Clarke mixes nearly every other day and I don’t think I will ever get bored of that.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is Electro Pop with elements of House and Techno.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is a tune called 'Predatory Profiteering'. The music has a stompy four to the floor thing going on with deep gritty synth basses ascending underneath. As the track progresses it drives into a heavily guitar focussed mild 8 and ends on a delicate yet upbeat 80’s disco pop vibe. The lyrics are my take on how I perceive the gambling industry which tie in very closely with cash till pay day loans, and the grief it can get people into. It’s about how sometimes it seems the system wants to put you in debt by any means possible so you then have to work the rest of your expendable life paying off and feeding the system... Or something like that...
What’s your local music scene like?
The local scene is doing well at the moment. Birmingham has a lot to offer. I know there are a few Indie bands who are pushing through and that’s good for other acts around the city. I know of a lot of fantastic electronic artists who play but Birmingham is a very Indie based city I think. I’m sure there is an electronic scene out there but I'm still trying to break into it yet getting warmer with each gig I think.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Over the next 12 months I'm planning on releasing more singles, flying over to Amsterdam in July to record the next video and expanding on my live show. I'm also working on a side project which is focused around Improvised techno performed live. I have been working on the guts of it for the last 4 years but it’s soon going to be ready to perform. I’ve called it The Ague.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Could do with a drummer for the live shows. The best I know is Matthew Rheeston from Batsch (Coventry, Tin Angel Records) but he’s expensive.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Apart from my laptop crashing onstage a couple of years ago and the show coming to a complete stop until I reloaded Ableton Live (I have upgraded, and it hasn’t happened since (touch wood!)) There is not so much in funny stories but I have been told the live show is quite entertaining.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
My act is different, I know that but if what I do entertains me, then I hope it can entertain them as well.