The South-West's singer/songwriter speaks on his latest single 'Peach', making his first visual during lockdown and the process of developing his sound.
What was the inspiration for your latest single ‘Peach’?
I don’t even remember when I first thought of the peach but for like the past year I’ve been so attached to the word, it just for some reasons paints such a vivid image in my mind and I really felt I wanted to capture it in a song.
The day before I made song I texted “earl saga” saying “tomorrow we are making a song called peach” next day I got to the studio and well the rest is history.
What was the process of creating the video for ‘PEACH (home movies #1)’?
I kinda was thinking of ways to show off where I’m from and sorta what my life’s like at home. It was lockdown when I made the video, so I had to get my two sisters to record most of it, so shoutout to Martha and Izzy for that!
How was creating the video and what were the narratives that you wanted to go with for the visuals?
The video was fun to make but it had its far shares of up and downs, got given a go pro to record it with and broke it within a week! There was like a side piece which attached covered the memory card area didn’t think you needed it so decided to jump into a lake with it, instantly shutdown. I think narratively, I just wanted to show me and my day to day life the sense of youth and teenage boyhood.
"If I didn’t play guitar I wouldn’t be the songwriter I am today, i just wouldn’t write the same."
How did your collaboration with WHIPPED CREAM come about and how was working on a track with them?
I remember Whipped Cream was like one of the first bigger artists in the industry to recognise me, she found me on Instagram and we just started talking bout music and that. Last year, October, I went over to LA for a week and we just got in the studio and made some bangers. Big shoutout to Whipped Cream doing justice for all them female producers out there.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on my debut EP, it’s basically finished and I’m so gassed for everyone to hear it been a lot of hard work put into it.
How important is it for you to fuse different musical influences together to create something new?
I mean that’s what I’m all about, my music is influenced by so many different sounds and I think that’s just cause I’ve grown up listening to so much different shit from like The Smiths, Beach Boys & all them old bands to people like Frank Ocean, Lil Peep & XXXTentacion. It’s about picking the best bits for you and flipping them into something that’s never been done before.
"You can find inspiration anywhere it just depends on the angle you choose to look."
When did you first start playing guitar and how does being an instrumentalist aid your writing?
I think I was like nine or so when I started playing guitar, I didn’t ever have a desire before then to play, my mum just randomly got me lessons & I instantly fell in love - guess she knew me better than myself. If I didn’t play guitar I wouldn’t be the songwriter I am today, i just wouldn’t write the same.
How has your sound evolved from your first SoundCloud releases up until today?
Throwback to the SoundCloud days lol, I was just on some heavy 808 American rap sorta vibe, can’t lie it was wavey but it just wasn’t me. Still get a load of OG fans asking where all that music has gone but yeah my sound has changed massively. I was just using YouTube beats and they are very limiting so it was inevitable it was gonna change when I started going studios. It took me a full on year of five days a week sessions to experiment and fully figure out my sound as an artist and where I wanted to go. But I found myself now and I’m loving it.
Do you take inspiration from different artistic mediums e.g. film/fashion etc.?
I take inspiration from everything around me, from the Internet, to paintings, even to the people who pass you on the street. You can find inspiration anywhere it just depends on the angle you choose to look.
"It took me a full on year of five days a week sessions to experiment and fully figure out my sound as an artist and where
I wanted to go. "
Which artists first inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?
I think the first artist who inspired me too get into music when I was young was Ed Sheeran.
I feel like a lot of other musicians who got into it around me time will say the same thing. it just amazed me how he didn’t need anything but his voice and his guitar too blow everyone away, it was inspiring to say the least.
If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would they be?
What’s coming up for the rest of 2020?
I got some exciting things lined up for the rest of 2020, an EP and shows! Cant wait for everyone to see it all