How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
The lyrics are wrote by me on my acoustic guitar. I’ve been writing my own songs for years and the band gave me a whole new direction of writing.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I find the most important thing in song writing for me is to write meaningful lyrics whilst trying my hardest not to go for the easy route. Avoid being cheesy and try and make it catchy.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I’m never embarrassed about what I have to say in my songs, the stuff I go through that I write in songs is the stuff that humans have battled for a million times over. Our feelings and problem are a collective not individual although they seem it when your goin’ through it, wether it’s happy or sad.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
It’s so hard to say what my favourite lyric is I wrote. I mean all of them and at the time I write it they are the best lyrics I’ve wrote. And sometimes when I revisit those lyrics they can have different meanings. I have songs that haven’t been introduced to the band yet that are my best lyrics. At this moment in time my favourite is the line “the configured mind can be so blind, what’s in our heads is not reality” but that will change tomorrow or even in an hour when I’m approached by a different emotion.
What inspired “Steel Tray”, your latest single?
‘Steel Tray‘ was inspired by my sister having leukaemia. When I was having a bad day or anyone is having a bad day. There’s always someone going through a harder time. Although it’s harder to see past your own struggle what we should really be is empathetic and consider our problems are really not bad at all in comparison.
And “Dirty Wave”?
‘Dirty Wave‘ is a different topic all together. It’s about trying to better yourself at surfing and disputes failing loads getting back on that board and try again, which can be relevant to a lot of life’s hurdles.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Conch”?
The day ‘Conch‘ was wrote was a time when joe (rhythm guitarist) had split up with his exact girlfriend. He was in a pub in his own sending me lyrics. So I messed about with then as he was sending them, then the next day me and him finished off the music from the rough idea I made from his lyrics.
Are you working on the release of a new EP?
We’re trying our hardest to push another EP out to people’s ears, it’s an expensive process which any artist will agree with, the work put into an EP is great fun and I wish I could do it every day, but it cost too much, however. We are working on a new 4-5 song EP that will be out at the start of the winter.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
The best advice I’ve had from any producer is to get lots of takes of everything, layer these if possible and pick the ones that are best. Recording and the equipment used doing some is an instrument in its self. So use it to the best of your advantage. All of this you can tell from the difference in our first EP to steel tray. And the songs we are releasing that we have already recorded are of a different quality for that reason.
What are your plans for 2019?
2019 for us has been a great year, and we have some amazing gigs to come and studio sessions a long with radio sessions. We’re a host in BBC Solent September 26th. All day hosts too. We have victorious festival in the 24th if this month. And new recordings coming out every month or every other month depending on money.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your song “Steel Tray”: Pragmatic.
- The best show you ever played: Wickham festival.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Alcohol.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Tony Hawks 2.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: The Growlers – Going Gets Tough.
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: My best relationship advice is start as you mean to go on. And be honest about everything.