Sal the Musician

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Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Galway based artist Sal the Musician to find out more...

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Probably the trickiest question to answer as Sal the Musician because there is a lot of performance art involved in being my artist. As a person, I am from Pakistan. As Sal the Musician, I am a human from Earth, I am universal in my nature, free from any labels associated with being from a certain place, and making music out of Galway, Ireland.

I've always been very into music because my parents love music, so it was ever present growing up. Picked up a guitar about 9 years ago now, when I was 12, never put it down.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up I was super into Bryan Adams, MLTR, ABBA, The Bee Gees and The Backstreet Boys, purely because that is what my parents were into. Obviously now that has changed quite a bit. My influences are countless, but they do vary a lot genre-wise: from Moon Taxi, to Bowie, to Sam Smith, all the way to Fetty Wap.

How would you describe your sound?
I'd say a good way to describe it right now would be Soulful Pop-Rock, but it's truly very universal in nature with lots of electronic elements coming through as well. Probably won't be the same two years down the line either.

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What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is the second single off of my debut EP, and the track is called FINE. It basically talks about the fine line between being fine and not being fine where we all sort of exist; each one of us fighting a battle no-one else knows about, yet still claiming to be fine on the surface. I've been in a situation like that for a long time, so drew inspiration from that whole scenario.

What’s your local music scene like?
Absolutely fantastic. Galway is such an infectious place. The local music scene is strong and everyone is super helpful. I even got to open up for this Galway band on tour recently, so it's been pretty amazing so far. The streets are full of buskers all day, everyday.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Loads. My debut EP will be out this November, God-willing, and I plan on supporting as many artists at their shows/on tour until then, and then following that up with a small headline tour for myself. Hopefully, I can hit the festival season hard next year.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Tons of people, locally there are a few producers I'm looking to collaborate with right now. In terms of dream collaborations, Mike Posner, Sam Fender and Troye Sivan would be right up there.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Funny in hindsight yes, I was scheduled to open up for this band in Limerick, and I went there, but there was a small personal emergency the afternoon of the show and I had to rush back to Galway at around 3pm. I managed to catch the 6pm bus back to Limerick by about 3 minutes, the last bus that would get me there in time for the show. Luckily, I made it.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Well my story of how I ended up in Ireland. I dropped out of college without telling anyone, and I boarded a random plane to Ireland without any possessions, not even my cell phone. Once in Ireland I started pursuing my dream of being a musician. Go read my Spotify bio if you want to know a bit more! And give me a follow on Instagram and Twitter if you are keen on following me on this journey of mine.

You can find out more about Sal the Musician via Instagram, Spotify or Twitter.