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 unsigned singer Andrew Patterson find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from just outside East Belfast and growing up, my dad played pedal steel guitar and was big into country music, so there was always a sense of music in the house. I was always writing poems and little fragments of ideas and picked up a guitar around 12, but I wrote my first proper song when I was 16. I played my first gig that summer and I’ve carried on ever since!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My house was filled with Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash growing up, though it was only much later that I came to appreciate it. My teenage influences were Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, U2 .... It all changed when I heard Damien Rice’s “O” for the first time. It completely revolutionised my musical palette, bringing me to where my influences lie now - Glen Hansard, Foy Vance, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen amongst a host of others.
How would you describe your sound?
Anthemic and hopeful folk music, rooted in honesty and stories of everyday life.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The new single is called Miracle. Similar in sonic tone to my previous releases, it’s catchy folk pop - a celebration of the healing found in a new relationship and the closest I have come to writing a love song. I recorded it last summer in SubZero Studios on the North Coast with Michael McCluskey. He had done some amazing work with Brash Isaac and he was able to bring the same energy and accessibility to my music.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
The next 12 months will be busy with more gigs and the release of the EP towards the end of the year.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Up until this point in time I’ve always written songs independently, so I’d love to do some co-writing sessions. Working with people like Peter McVeigh, David C Clements and Ryan McMullan would be a dream come true!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I’m a massive Glen Hansard fan and every Christmas Eve he busks on Grafton Street in Dublin with friends to raise money for the Simon Community. I used to live in Dublin and had been making the trip down to watch for a few years, but one year decided to bring my guitar down and do a bit of busking on the street myself. I headed up to where Glen was due to play and I ended up making friends with a few local buskers. As we played together, a big crowd started to form and then from out of nowhere Glen showed up and joined in with us. We ended up playing on the street to a crowd of 3,000 people. It was the absolute dream for me as a musician and a moment I will never forget!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
The EP ”Pave The Road” and singles “My Suitcase Heart”, “Alright This Time” and “Miracle” are available online via iTunes and Spotify under “Andrew Patterson”.