I’m based in Notting Hill back in London at the moment. It’s got an awesome music scene, there’s a lot of great crew doing some great things. Communion Records run a great night at the Notting Hill Arts Club once a month and has a great reputation for bringing through incredible talent. Ben Howard, Daughter, Mumford and Sons and James Bay have all played it, it’s like a right of passage.
My parents bought me a guitar for my 14th birthday and I was hooked ever since. I just taught myself guitar and started writing songs straight away. My bedroom at my parents place is rammed full of notebooks of old songs I’ve written over the years.
We’d had a pretty wild summer of playing festivals and touring and were keen to get back to writing. I was jamming with Max (my guitarist and producer) at the end of the summer and the song came together super quickly. We’d been hooked on the War on Drugs and the National records over the summer and I think you can hear some of that influence in there. We were firing ideas back and forth and we were so stoked with how it came out.
We recorded it in Max’s bedroom up in London. He’d set up a little studio in his bedroom, and the studio got bigger and bigger with more and more instruments coming in, to the point where he had to move out his bed into the garage and started sleeping in there. The winter hit pretty hard and he started getting ill so he had to move back up to his room! We recorded the first versions of it around February time and finished it off in August down in Cornwall in the South West of the UK.
I’ve started writing alot more on keys at the moment. I have to be in the right frame of mind for writing, which usually involves it being pretty dark in the studio and a good atmosphere. I normally just start messing around on the keys and start singing along until something sticks. I’ll then lock in a melody and go away and write the lyrics. I love writing the lyrics, I’ve started reading alot of poetry on the road recently and got really into it.
I’m totally hooked on the War on Drugs and Ry X records at the moment. I’ve been listening to the new Kurt Vile record alot on the road too, and Ex:Re (Elena Tonra from Daughter’s solo record). I’m a huge house music fan too so have been listening to alot of Mind Against and basically everything that comes out on Innervisions.
Yeh, I can’t wait to play these shows! There’ll be some newbies thrown in the set and all the favourites of course. Some emotional rollercoasters and some big singalongs!
I keep it pretty chilled backstage before shows, I always have a ginger tea on the go, a few beers and then some whiskey on stage. There’s always a bit of nervous energy in the air before shows so it’s always good to be surrounded by good mates to keep you relaxed. I do some vocal warm ups, have a laugh with the boys and get on stage.
The travelling and lack of sleep is always pretty exhausting, that gets pretty tough at times, but playing the shows totally blows that away immediately… that’s the best part for sure. There’s no better feeling in the world than seeing a crowd sing back the words to your songs!
I play the electric guitar and a Boss loop pedal that I’ve loaded some synths on to to give those choruses a nice little boost.
I’m a huge fan! I DJ aswell so will always keep that going as a side project. I’ve done a few vocals for some house tracks (all to be revealed soon!) and would love to do some more so if I can bridge the gap between the 2 that would be a dream.
I surf and snowboard alot, there’s something really special about getting amongst nature to clear my head so I can approach the music with a fresh mindset again. I love travelling too so like to get away as much as I can and explore different countries and cultures.
Woodfired pizza is my favourite for sure… there’s a place called Homeslice back in London which is insane, and am a big fan of Vacanza in Surry Hills in Sydney.