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 based singer Vic Allen to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from Norwich, but now living in London. I've always played musical instruments but didn't buy a guitar until I discovered John Mayer as a teenager, and then I was hooked. It was my first visit to the US that inspired me to start songwriting - I was working on a ranch in upstate New York and the locals I was working with were all country music fans. They used to play artists like Miranda Lambert and Colt Ford while we were lifting bales of hay or drinking around the bonfire at night. I'd never really listened to country before, and something about it just clicked with me and I started writing that summer.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was in high school I listened to a lot of pop punk bands. My all time favourite were Green Day - I was verging on obsessed! Nowadays I listen to mostly modern country music. Taylor Swift's older music has been a huge influence on me since discovering her a few years ago, as has John Mayer. I also really love Kacey Musgraves' songwriting style.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is quite acoustic driven but with strong influences from modern country music.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
The latest song I released is called Enough, and I wrote it with Kaity Rae, who also produced it. It's about never feeling like you're getting as much out of life as you should be. Sometimes I question where I am in life, and whether I'm as happy as I could be. It's a kind of hard feeling to explain but I think me and Kaity captured it perfectly in the song.
What’s your local music scene like?
It's great! I moved to London recently, and it's been so much fun. There are gigs and events happening all the time, so there's always something to do. It's also been great for working with other musicians, and a lot of them live here too.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I'm playing a couple of festivals this summer - The Big Feastival on August 25th and Deepdale Fest on September 29th. I'm trying to slowly work towards an album, and will be releasing singles over the next few months. I'm REALLY excited about the next one!!!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
So many people! In a dream world, I think Maddie and Tae would be great fun to work with!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Nothing too hilarious that I can think of, but at a recent gig, my guitar player's guitar broke literally seconds before we were about to start the first song, so he couldn't use the strap and had to basically hold the guitar in place and play at the same time, for an hour and a half. His hands were like claws by the end. We found it pretty funny.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
One of my favourite things in life is travelling. I love road trips, exploring new places, walking around unknown cities, meeting people from all over the world, talking to locals, the pre-flight airport excitement, all of it. It inspires a lot of my music and it's something I want to do more of in life.