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 Ed Whicher to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I have spent my whole life in the South East of England. My parents have always been massive music fans and, on weekends, would stay up till the early hours with the stereo on full blast, playing anything from The Beautiful South to Gary Moore. I had no choice but to listen, and I’m pretty sure I have them to thank for my love of music!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was tiny me and my brother would dance around the living room to Madonna and Michael Jackson. The first record I bought was by PJ and Duncan (or Ant and Dec as they are now known!). I went through more of an edgy phase in my teens, learning to play the drums to The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Strokes, The Hives and The Manic Street Preachers. But these days I am influenced more by singer-songwriters like Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Sheeran and Jason Mraz etc.
How would you describe your sound?
I find it so hard to describe my own sound, but some people have said it is “reflective but positive”, kinda commercial songwriter pop. I strum a nylon acoustic guitar most of the time and have some latin influences to my music. I guess, as I was a drummer first, that has some part to play in the way I write songs.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called "Something New" - I didn’t want to hide anything in the track as I wrote it during one rather personal meltdown last year. It captured a feeling I have been trying to put into music since I started writing, that kind of bitter-sweet, happy-sad feeling when things change in your life for the better but you have to leave behind what you already loved.
What’s your local music scene like?
The local music scene is amazing, I grew up near Guildford which has a number of music colleges and academies as well as some pretty established gig venues and festivals. The Farnham Maltings (in my home town) is a personal goal for me - if I can ever put on a solo show there, the 14 year old in me will be very happy!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
So I am actually getting married in September, so I wanted to put the music on hold for the summer - however, from the Autumn I will be working on gigging the three new releases and working on releasing my first Album next summer… with the hope of the odd festival here and there...
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are so many, but I think my top choice would be to write with Jason Mraz, I think he has such a fresh take on songwriting and it was him that got me off a drum kit and trying my hand at songwriting. Another one would be a band called Boy, they are mega.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
My first gig I played a cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young”. After the show someone came up to me and congratulated me on it as my “best song” of my set… I didn’t correct him!!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I’m a little shy, and a lot older than perhaps I’d like so I might not be your typical performer. But I love writing and seeing people moved by music, it is such a powerful, magical thing that brings people together so I don’t plan to stop any time soon!