If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
I’d say my music style is a combination of contemporary folk and pop. The folky aspects include storyteller lyrical themes and intimate vocals, whereas the overall song structures and arrangements give it an element of pop.
How did you get into music?
I always wanted to be a writer from a young age. I used to write stories and poems and then when I began learning guitar at 13, these stories and poems turned into songs. From then on I was obsessed, and I knew this was what I wanted to do. But yeh, more than anything, it is the songwriting that drives me.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
I remember going to see a singer-songwriter called Ingrid Michaelson when I had just started writing songs. I remember being completely captivated by her performance. I think that was the first real live gig I went to see.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?
I really love performing a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Bird On The Wire. The lyrics are incredible! I’m not sure what this says about me, it probably just shows that I find lyrics really important. I definitely only play songs that I connect to lyrically.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Most of my songs are drawn from personal experiences so I’d say it’s more about emotions than anything else for me.
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
If I could somehow go back in time and support Carole King, or maybe James Taylor, that would actually be a dream come true. Of current artists, Laura Marling or The Staves would be incredible. I would actually cry of happiness if that happened, ha!
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in?
In November 2017 I got the opportunity to perform at The Royal Albert Hall in London as part of a Music For Youth showcase. It was amazing and very surreal. I think it will take a while for me to top that one.
Why is music important to you?
Music is important because it can affect your mood. You can listen to music to dance to, or when you want to relax, or to make you feel something. I think that is the best thing about music.
Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
Anaïs Mitchell is an incredible American singer-songwriter. Her songs have such intelligent lyrics. I particularly love her album Hadestown, which follows the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. If you like artists that tell stories with their music you should definitely give it a listen!
Today It Rains is released on 23rd March via Klee Records, with an album launch at Studio2 on 22nd March.