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Who are your musical inspirations and why?

 

Always starting with the Beatles and their early Decca tapes; I think I was around 5 years old; this shaped a life-long obsession with music, guitars and songwriting. Early guitar influences were Jimi Hendrix to Kurt Cobain to Jimmy Page and a mix of acoustic, grunge, pop-punk, indie, rock ‘n ‘roll, folk and desert rock. I’d say pivotal influences have been the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Who, John Williams, Cat Stevens, Janis Joplin, Elvis Costello, Tracey Chapman, Nirvana, Meat Puppets, Soundgarden, Greenday, Oasis, The Cranberries, Stereophonics, Alanis Morrisette, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Deadboy & the Elephantmen, My Chemical Romance, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Raconteurs, PJ Harvey, Pedro the Lion, Fleet Foxes, Tame Impala and Graham Coxon who have all influenced the Debut Album ‘A Little Bit of Make Believe’ in one way or another. 

 

 

What song of yours best describes you and why?

 

Well, that’d be ‘Melancholy Way’ as it best describes me or at least part of my personality; laid back and analytical; but ‘Fool’ and ‘How Can I Help You’ are the best examples of me musically. 

 

 

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

 

For me, it’s the only way I think I can process feelings; it gives me a chance to be creative; to create something new, to create something personal, and it has to be something that I’d enjoy playing or singing live. 

 

 

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

 

Keep it simple! 

 

 

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

 

Yes. I think as an unsigned independent artist that I need as many outlets as possible to reach people; it also allows me to find new music as a fan. In one sense it has opened up so many opportunities to release your own music without restriction but at the same time I think we’re in danger of information overload so good to take breaks from it when needed. 

 

 

How would you answer the question Who are paTChwOrk dOts and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?

 

paTChwOrk dOts was originally an idea to allow me to create my own music regardless of genre or lineup. It has grown in the studio as a collective with live solo gigs and has been described as LO-FI Acoustic Indie Desert Folk Rock; so basically Rock, mixed with a lot of influences. 

 

Music has, and I think will always be a large part of my life whether it’s writing, playing, recording or relaxing so I wouldn’t say there are any differences. 

 

 

If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

 

There are so many I would have loved to have written like ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ or ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ or ‘Basket Case’ or ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’ or ‘Black Hole Sun’; the one that stands out for me though is ‘Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You’; the orchestral type changes between acoustic and electric guitar and drums and bass are incendiary; I think subconsciously this is something that I’ve tried to capture in part in the Debut Album and may influence the 2nd Album even more. 

 

 

What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

 

I’ve just released the Debut Album ‘A Little Bit of Make Believe’, streaming everywhere and on Limited Edition Vinyl Effect CD and Lathe-cut 33 1/3 RPM Vinyl, and I’m writing for the 2nd Album.

 

I’ll be back in the studio March onwards, looking at a few potential collaborations, and playing local grass roots venues for the year ahead so check out my socials for updates. 

 

Look out for new Single releases later this year; but for now, hope you enjoy the Debut Album as much as I enjoyed creating it and have a great year! 

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