Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Burton on Trent singer Andy Crowe to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from Burton on Trent in the Midlands UK but spend most my time playing in Derby and Nottingham. I've been into music in a listening sense my whole life. Growing up there was always music playing at home. I didn't start performing though until my early twenties when me and some of my best mates decided to start our first band. We were all fans of the same kind of music and it all started as a bit of a hobby to pass the time but right from the start we were determined to be an originals act and write all our own songs. The songwriting along with performing live then became a real passion.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up I was surrounded by many different styles of music. My mum would listen to a lot of motown and soul. I remember my Dad listening to Tracy Chapman and Joan Armatrading, my step dad was a huge Queen and U2 fan and I would love listening to The Beatles and Oasis. I think listening to all these different styles certainly benefited when I started writing my own material. Some of my biggest influences now are The Black Crowes, The Temperance Movement, The Rolling Stones and Rival Sons.
How would you describe your sound?
Indie Rock and Roll is probably the easiest way to explain it.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest song is called "So I'll Go", the song is a kind of tongue in cheek dig at the social media world of today. The track is a kind of story about a guy who falls for someone based on their social media life, yet once he gets to know the person behind the screen they are not all they cracked up to be.
What’s your local music scene like?
I'm from Burton on Trent and although it's a small town there is a ridiculous amount of musical talent around. Unfortunately due to the closure of some great music venues in the town the scene for original bands has dropped off a little. Luckily being so close to Derby we can all work around that. There's plenty of great venues hosting original acts most nights of the week. Added to that a thriving open mic scene giving people somewhere to catch quality live music whenever they need it.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
The main focus over the next 12 months is to complete and release my debut solo album. We are about 3 quarters of the way through with only a few songs left to record. This has been something long in the making but I'm sure the wait will be worth it.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I'm very lucky that I get to collaborate with so many musicians already. The people who have helped me with the album and live shows are amazing and I couldn't wish for more.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
No one particular moment stands out but I can sometimes be terrible at talking in between songs and on plenty of occasions put my foot in my mouth. Most recent one, taking a nice quiet moment to dedicate a song to my wife as it was around our wedding anniversary at the time and she was actually at the gig. Was all going well until I said "She's a great guy" "I meant girl" "I meant lady" "Lets just play the song".
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I'm a simple guy who just loves writing songs and making music. If you could take a small amount of time to check me out I would be thankful forever.