Arts & Music Interviews
I have been incredibly lucky to have some strong female influences in my life – growing up my maternal grandmother was the true matriarch, the definitive heart of a huge family, strong, stubborn, and kind. Then there was my Aunty P – another tenacious, independent woman, who loved to create gift cards and spent many a happy afternoon mooching around craft fairs with me.
I try to take the Jonathan Richman approach of always writing the truth of whatever I’m feeling or observing at the time... My songs are usually about love, heartache or trying to understand the way I or other people around me act. It’s kind of a diary way of writing, so there is a lot of whinging in there too, as you would expect in any diary!
American filmmaker Josh Evans’ new movie Death in the Desert is a classic. I was privileged to get an exclusive preview of this brand new film. The prolonged panoramic and panning landscape shots burn into your mind with the light and the dark and the shadows. The cast and the characters they play are captivating as...
I'm highly motivated by a desire to try to help stop the global catastrophe that is all around us, caused by rampant greed, environmental destruction and war, so a lot of my songs in the past have been protest songs. But actually the solo album I've been working on lately is all songs about love, loss and human relationships of one sort or another...
I never pursued music until about eight years ago, as I was an actor hiding behind a character in the Broadway cast of Grease and the National Tour of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof amongst other productions. People like Nerina Pallot, KT Tunstall and Lissie inspire me and I thought “better late than never” and started writing and doing open mics, which led to my own slots and supporting people like Nerina Pallot and Alice Gold.
Often, I just feel like picking up a guitar or sitting down at the piano and playing, and the ideas usually come about... It’s really an improvisational way of writing music... Much of my music is instrumental, although some songs do have meaningful lyrics. Usually those lyrics come about after the music is already written.
I define myself as ‘simply a singer’. But I, like all of us, am so much more than just one thing... I plan to allow myself to be more open to my own creativity and my own voice, which is something I had to shut down for a little while. So I look forward to ‘the more’ that I will experience as I open the gate wider and wider... I want to leave positive things behind for others, whether it's music, poetry, art, books or other forms of inspiration.