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 Gorran to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from Walthamstow in east London. I have been surrounded by music my whole life, with my Dad being a successful composer and teacher of composition, and my parents both being extremely musical. After singing casually all my life (known as ‘the singing boy’ in my local area), it was during my time at secondary school that I realised my innate passion for singing was something that I really wanted to pursue as a career. So I applied for the prestigious BRIT School. During my time at BRIT, I realised my love for songwriting, and since leaving in 2017 have been working tirelessly to develop my sound, live show, etc.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up I would listen to artists like David Bowie, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis and Queen, thanks to my parents playing their music around the house all the time. Since around the age of 11 I have been following the charts, enjoying and taking inspiration from intelligent, well-written pop music from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and The Script in the early days, and more recently have been really into Lauv, Post Malone, Rex Orange County, Billie Eilish and Harry Styles, to name a few. That’s all just the pop side of things though - my taste is generally very eclectic, with hip-hop, glitchy, electronic music and some indie music being influential too.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is fundamentally pop, but draws influences from dance, R&B, and hip-hop. Saying this though, my sound is constantly evolving, and will continue to do so. I think growing up around grime music has also brought quite a lot of aggression into my sound.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
‘Hush’ was written during the period in a previous relationship just after my girlfriend had cheated on me. I was trying to forgive her, and we both agreed we wanted to try and make things work and rebuild things, but her reluctance to talk about our future together worried me greatly. The chorus is written from her perspective.
What’s your local music scene like?
As I said, I’ve been surrounded by grime music throughout my teenage years living in east London, and I feel this has heavily influenced my own music. There is a lot of talent in and around Walthamstow, with some of my friends from the BRIT School originating from around here (Olivia Dean, Geordie Greep (Black MIDI), and more).
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have a series of live shows lined up, as well as some more releases before the new year. I plan to continue releasing singles regularly into next year, and there may be an EP coming at some point next year.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
SO many people - but Billie Eilish, Lauv, Benny Blanco, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Ian Kirkpatrick, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex and Diplo/Major Lazer to name a few.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I had a show in Cardiff in March on KT Tunstall’s UK tour that happened to be just after a Wales rugby game, so everybody was especially drunk for that show - there was a woman in the front row who I remember through the duration of my set was getting more and more into each song, and was losing the amount of beer in her cup progressively through the set, as a result of the amount of enthusiastic dancing and swaying she was doing. It was great to watch from on stage. She also continually complimented my shirt by screaming at me between each song, which I appreciated.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I’d like people to know that each song of mine comes from a very deep place, and that I hope they truly feel what I felt when writing them. That’s what I really want - for my music to be an experience. I’m excited about what’s to come over the coming months, and I’m grateful for all the support so far.