Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London singer Paul Lynch to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from London, I started with classical piano lessons when I was very young but quit when I was 12. My interest in music was then restarted (or really started for the first time!) when I went to Reading festival 2008. I saw Metallica and Rage Against the Machine and I was blown away! I took up guitar a year later at 17 and then found my real talent in singing from the age of 18.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
It really took me a long time to get into music, but once I had hit Reading Festival, I was obsessed with hard rock of the 70's and the lighter side of heavy metal (Metallica, Iron Maiden). My tastes then began to branch out and the breadth of music that I listened to exploded after I joined my first band and I was opened to music from all around the world. It has had a huge influence on my sound. My biggest influences now would be John Grant, Moses Sumney, Elbow, The Smiths and Amadou et Mariam as well as many more!
How would you describe your sound?
My sound spans fully across the Indie-Folk spectrum to create a unique listen for any music lover! I believe that I create unique music and have a unique voice as well and that this stands me apart and makes me worth a listen! In short it is fascinating but agreeable Indie Folk.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is called "Oh So Quiet". It was about a particular moment in my life when I was given some news that I was actually expecting but it was still hard to hear (dumped via telephone). I remember the room that I wrote the song in and the image that I had when I wrote it and these images allowed me to write the lyrics. The music came in three stages and fitted nicely with each other. All three parts of the song are influenced from different artists and people that I have played closely with!
What’s your local music scene like?
My local scene is London, I have recently moved so I cannot tell you about the scene exactly where I am. But the scene in London as a whole is highly competitive, but it has absolutely everything and a wonderful standard of music! From folk, world, indie rock, metal, electro, you can always find your place to fit in in London!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
My plan for 2019 is to release 5 singles. Oh So Quiet is single number 2, so there are three more to go! It is going to be an exciting year to follow me.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
John Grant, to be able to co-write lyrics with him would be such a valuable lesson and we would create some great stuff I am sure!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
At a gig that I did in Newcastle my sister was in the audience and I pulled her up to do some harmonies. There was only one microphone and I had a guitar and was doing the lead so it was a bit difficult to share the mic. So this drunk guy in the audience started shouting in the song "that's right out of order" and then coming up and shaking his head as I played the rest of the song! He then gave me a real lecture after saying "what you did to that girl was so rude" and he wouldn't leave me alone. The other people told him to off off and all was well!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
In order to keep myself in the music mecca but money drainer that is London, I support myself by working as a part-time Civil Engineer!