What was the first album you bought?
The Spice Girls album ‘Spice’ – I didn’t like spending my pocket money so that was a very big deal for me at the time!
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?
I’ve always been inspired by particularly emotive songs like ‘Life on Mars’ by David Bowie and more recently ‘Every Day Life’ By Coldplay – artists who inspire me have always had this incredible way of capturing the emotion they’re performing not just in the lyrics but in the chord sequences and production as well. I’m hugely into Imogen Heap and Above and Beyond because of this as well.
What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?
Sometimes watching a moving scene in a TV show or film and give me the urge to write but more often than not it’s situations that have happened to myself or to my friends that I feel really deeply about. There has to be that connection there for me to really want to write music about something, otherwise it can feel forced.
Tell us about your new single for ‘Ghost’?
I wrote this after deciding It was healthier for me to be out of a relationship than to stay in it, but I was still struggling with the reality of letting this person go… this is where the lyric, “Should I forget and forgive, and let this fragile ghost live?” came from. It just seemed like we’d been over the same ground again and again and even though I knew what the right thing to do was, the actual act of moving on was so hard. The song started life as a piano vocal and then my long time collaborator James Birt produced it. I really hope people can connect with it.
What can we expect from you in 2020?
My main focus now is on starting to produce my own music, I have a few songs that I’m working on already and I hope to produce an EP for the summer alongside some singles. I’m hoping this will help me to push myself creatively and maybe make something people aren’t expecting…let’s see what happens!