Hi Meg! Thanks for doing this. As you’re a relative newcomer (especially for us Londoners), I was wondering if you could tell us a bit about your beginnings (if you were always interested in music)?
Heya! Thanks so much for having me. I was always interested in the arts as a wee lad. I picked up piano and bass around 12 and guitar about a year later and writing music became an outlet and a way to express myself.
Who would you say have been the biggest influences on your music growing up?
Well as far as my early days go…The Police, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, CCR, Enya, Dire Straights, Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, Silverchair, Led Zeppelin, NIN, Goo Goo Dolls, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Deftones, Tool, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Mariah Carey, Foreigner, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Queen, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Jewel, Genesis. My mum listened to a lot of Sting and Celtic and Classical music, so that was always around and inspired me.
Who are you a fan of musically at the moment? Any British artists that you find particularly inspiring?
Always loved Sting. Dream of the Blue Turtles is amazing. But let’s see, I’ve been listening to a lot of Nina Simone lately. And uh… some newer stuff I find inspiring would be King Krule, Arcade Fire, Gotye, Asap Rocky, Beach House, Azealia Banks, Dead Man’s Bones, Other Lives, The Record Summer, TV on the Radio, Mogwai, Fever Ray, Kurt Vile, Ratatat, Adele.. I could go on and on.
From the angry Monster to the intensely personal After You, it seems like you fully engage with your music. Is song-writing a therapeutic process where you draw from real-life experiences or do you try to keep it more of a clinical process?
Basically this is how it works. I feel so much.. beautiful, sad, good and bad. so I have 2 choices. Lay in a blood bath or write songs. Or watch Curb Your Enthusiasm.
On the topic of song-writing, how does the routine work for you? Do you find yourself writing after flashes of inspiration or is it a more disciplined process?
Generally it’s after flashes of inspiration, or sometimes I’m just feeling a lot and figure instead of holding it all in I should try to express what it is i’m feeling. but then I won’t finish a whole song a lot of times. So discipline has become an important factor in the process.
Can we expect a full album or tour (to the U.K!) in the future?
Can you EVER!
Many thanks from all of us Can You Hear This!
Thank you lovelies xox
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