I got started in music when I was a young kid. My first favourite band was Madness (pretty random for a 9 year old in the 90s!). Therefore the only logical thing was to learn the saxophone! I actually just found it while moving house. It’s about 5 inches big or something so I wouldn’t be able to play it now even if I could remember how. Over my teen I learnt more pop/rock stuff like guitar drum, keys etc. and joined a rock band called Carjack Mallone. This taught me the ropes about how to be a gigging band. I had my first solo release when I was 21 with a London based company, and did 3 more over the next year or so. However the solo artist thing didn’t seem right. On the other hand transferring my music into a band setting also never felt quite right. That’s how Pale Green Things got started. It’s me giving myself the goal of being a 21st century one man band.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
I have two ultimate aims. The first one being what’s has always been my drive….to feel like I’ve lived up to my potential. However it’s hard to imagine ever not wanting to improve so we’ll see how that goes. The 2nd is for as many people to hear, and hopefully like, my music as possible!
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
I’ve been writing music since I was 11 I think. I remember the first song I wrote. I had just listened to a Puff Daddy single on my diskman (retro!) and decided the only thing to do now was to write the world’s worst ever rap song! So that’s what I did and fortunately I got better! It’s been an obsession since. In my view anyone who doesn’t write their own music is missing out on one if the best things you can do in life.
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
Top 3! Man it’s hard to choose just 3. My top 3 would probably change from day to day. However I’m going to go with…Belle and Sebastian, Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes…and The National, and Flaming Lips….Sorry!
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
I guess to get a picture of how it’s recorded then imagine freezing cold days in an old Georgian house in Manchester surrounded by numerous pieces of retro recording equipment. I went in with the 4 songs and wanted to record in a spontaneous way. I’d recorded so much serious music recently that I wanted the enjoyment of music to be the focus of the EP. Therefore I wanted to find a studio with good people inside and lots of fun toys to play with.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
I’m based in Macclesfield, which is a pretty small place so end up spending a lot of time in Manchester. Manchester’s got one of the best music scenes in the UK. There’s plenty of really cool places. A favourite place of mine is The Castle Hotel. It’s a small place that decorated like a 1930s hotel. The first time I played there I walked in and everyone was wearing period clothing. The place was packed and when I walked in everyone went quiet. I went outside again to check I’d got the right place, which I had! Turns out it was some random chat website where people talk to each other in old style language and they’d used The Castle Hotel as a meeting point. I think I like the venue even more because of that haha!
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
I’ve played with some fantastic bands in Manchester. I know I’m going to forget some people here but a couple of my favourites are Frazer King. Those guys are mental! Also check out The Virginmarys. They’re a Macclesfield band currently kicking ass in the USA. Also check out Carjack Mallone (which I have a small amount of vested interest in haha).
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
I’ve you’d like to give the EP a listen before release then head to Soundcloud. Also you can ‘like’ and ‘follow’ me on Facebook and Twitter