1. How did you get your initial start in music? I got a scholarship to a performing arts school when I was young, Sylvia Young’s. I really came out of my shell there. When I left I joined a rock band and started gigging. I met Paul when we were both playing in different bands at a local gig and Glitch Code gradually came together from that point. We both love the buzz of creating something new and a bit different so we gelled well together and began to evolve our sound over a couple of years to where we are today. Paul has played in bands since he was a teenager and also written for film and TV both in the UK and US.
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
Ultimately we would like to be full time in the industry touring and releasing more albums in the future. We enjoy the artistic side of things as well so we are always keen to try and do something different with our releases such as the special book that accompanied the “Gifted_Damaged” album. The industry has changed a lot in recent years making it harder for artists to make a living but I think if you have a quality product and the right attitude there is still an opportunity to progress.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
We’ve both been writing as Glitch Code for the last 4 years and individually since we were both teenagers. We’ve both been in bands playing covers over the years but it’s the thrill of creating something new that drives us on and really excites us.
4. Who are your top three influences and why? I think between us I would say a combination of the energy of Motorhead, the artistic creativity of David Bowie and the unique genius of Kate Bush. We’ve both actually got loads of influences from all sorts of genres but I think those three sum up the combined effect their output has had on us as writers and artists.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release? Paul came up with the concept of the album ‘Gifted_Damaged’ but it really struck a chord with where I was at the time. I was recovering after a 7 month stay in a rehab for addiction. I was piecing my life back together and many of the songs resonated with me. When I was singing in the studio, I was singing about having been broken, but also about feeling hope and strength, having survived.
I’m sure ever reader can immediately bring someone to mind who they would consider gifted and damaged. For Paul the inspiration was Syd Barrett. We shot the cover art to resemble a room in an abandoned asylum and added in a few other clues
as to some of the story behind making the album and the four years it actually took from when we set off, to when we eventually completed the work. The whole making of the album has been a cathartic process for both of us and we are so pleased that the critical acclaim it has received since its release has made the whole process and the journey we made worth all the effort.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues? I am based in South London and Paul is in Northamptonshire. Being in London there’s always so much going on and the city is vibrant with music and bands from the local pub gigs to the big venues across the city. The Roundhouse is one of my favourite places to see bands and also the O2 Academy Brixton. For Paul, one of his favourite venues to play and see bands is Rock City in Nottingham. His ultimate venue to play would be the Albert Hall!
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
There are a lots of good bands who have come from Corby and around Northamptonshire which is where we are both originally from. Depending on your musical taste check out acts like Acoda, Luna Rosa and Corinna Jane.
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