- How did you get your initial start in music?
I first got into music when i was around 4 years of age, there was a piano in the house and so i messed around on that and then sang and played any/every instrument available at school. My Dad was the person who enabled me and still inspires me to create and play.
- What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
To be able continue and develop the way I create and play music and to be able to play in as many different countires and learn as many different types of music from around the world and let them influence my music.
- How long have you been writing your own music?
Since as long as I can remember, I either start writing something that then turns into a huge practice or, I start practicing something unrelated and then end up writing something new from that! This can also take place on a gig, in the middle of something a line or a little chord sequence spring out of nowhere and thats a new thing to work on later that night or the next day, (cliche alert***) it just keeps on giving!?!?
- Who are your top three influences and why?
My dad – always made and performed music, always enthused and encouraging about music and its big picture values and its ability to bring people together along with its individual theraputic powers.
My Mum – see above
Gary Boyle – Old guitar teacher who unknowingly is a mentor. Relentless in the quest to get better at expressing himself and getting better musically and instrumentally.
- Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
Its a trio album (guitar, bass and drums) in contrast to the last one which was for 2 kits, 4 horns, bass and guitar. I using some established forms such as Gospel and Latin music but it also is a development of the serial techniques that I have been working on over the past few years and a conscious move away from the harmonic and melodic writing that i had been using before. Bit by bit I’m finding something new.
- Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
I’m based in the north of England but get around a fair bit. Favourite venues that I’ve played at recently would be Strays in Newark, The Stonewell Tavern in Lancaster and The Blue PIano, Birmngham.
- Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
The local scene could be split between Colne, Lancashire on one side of the hill and the North/West Yorkshire side of same large hill. In terms of Jazz, in Colne there’s a cracking trio of Dan Arnold (guitar), Jonathan Towers (Bass) and Ben Gonzalez (drum kit -who incidentally features on the new album). On the Yorkshire side, there’s the vocalist Rebecca Joy, and whole load of guitarist led by Adrian Ingram, Darren Dutson-Bromley, Steve Hemsworth, Sam Dunn..I could go on but the best place to find out is the Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society. You’ll find em on Facebook…
- Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
The music is available via the usual on line sites, spotify etc. and you can find me at www.neilcyoungtrio.com or on twitter @neilcyoung or there is a facebook page – neilcyoungtrio come by and say something to us!