Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Scottish singer Andy Williamson to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from a small town on the most northerly coast of mainland Scotland. I don’t ever remember there being a time when I got into music - as long as I can remember it’s been who I am and felt more like a part of my personality than anything else.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
The list of influences is endless, from people I’ve worked with who have inspired me to work harder, to huge artists I’ve loved for years. I grew up on Guns N’ Roses, I’ve always loved Elton John but there’s so much exciting new music at the moment from small and huge artists that makes for countless influences. It’s not genre specific for me – although I’m a pop artist, I’m inspired by every type of music.
How would you describe your sound?
This is always an incredibly hard question to answer and one I get asked a lot but I would like to say “Pop with a touch of indie/rock” but in reality, I’d rather let you decide!
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called “Grow” - it’s about personal growth and change. It’s about believing you can be absolutely anything you could ever wish to be but not just dreaming about it, going out and actually doing something meaningful about it.
What’s your local music scene like?
There is not much of a local music ‘scene’ in terms of artists creating music as I’m from a very small place but there are some incredible musicians and the few who are working on original creations are really exceptional.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Over the next 12 months… it’s going to be busy. I am going to be releasing an EP in the next six months which will see me locked in the studio for a lot of the time. Out with that there are some pretty exciting shows and festivals and I will be touring off the back of the EP so lots to prepare for.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
So many artists… I would love to collaborate with a female artist mainly – I think the contrast in our voices could be really interesting. Singers like Rae Morris or Sigrid, who have some exciting voices.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I was playing on a very large stage once, so I had a wireless system plugged into my guitar. I was about to play a guitar solo (in sound check luckily) and when I pressed one of my pedals, Westlife started playing through my guitar amp – it turned out that my wireless system had managed to pick up a local radio station!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That creating music is everything that I am and if any of that music means anything to the people who listen to it, then that’s one of the most exciting things in life for me. Everything I write is based on life, things I’ve experienced and if someone can connect with that, I think that’s amazing. That’s why I absolutely love receiving mail/comments/messages from people who enjoy what I do.