If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
If Bert Jansch formed a doo-wop trio with himself and his sub-conscious; or if Paul Simon had no mates.

Have you always wanted to create music?
I got into playing music at the age of about eight when I got my first guitar. Before that I was really into stationery for some reason. I’m not even messing, I used to ask for things like Post-its and staples for my birthday, which is weird because these days I can’t even find a pen.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
A Yellow Submarine cassette I picked up from a French supermarket when I was seven. My dad said I should listen to it. I said, ‘Aren’t they horrible people though?’ or something like that, to which he replied: ‘No, that’s Oasis’. So I got it and spent about two years wearing it out.

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Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
I like to play an instrumental I wrote called August 23. The melody has an irregular amount of bar lengths and it creates this sort of circular pull, and I find it meditative.

What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
A confusion about anything practical. Everyone’s always telling you to concentrate and stop looking out the window and I have no idea why.

Why is music important to you?
Music is important to me because without it I would still be waiting for the dishwasher light to turn green in Costa Coffee while I wonder when I might finally lose that darned virginity of mine. I have no education because I spent my A-levels trying to work out what The Red Telephone from Forever Changes is about.

Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Karen Dalton. She’s called the folk Billie Holliday, but she’s more than that. Most of her recordings are just these crackly tape demos, but they’re haunting and really beautiful at the same time. They sort of represent all that’s important about music, if you just distilled it down to the essentials.

 

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Charlie McKeon’s new single I Wanna Make Your Garden Nice Charlie (Home Oddities) is released on 2nd May.

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