- SALUTE: Where did you grow up? What was it like?
I grew up in Liverpool and moved down to London about 3 years ago. I came here to network with other songwriters, singers, producers and to better my footing in the industry. I’ve been making music since my teens, starting with a DIY bedroom set up. So I was always sending stuff out to producers. I got a lot of positive feedback and there’s a lot of talent in my hometown but I quickly realised that I needed to relocate to London if I wanted to network and progress more.
- SALUTE: How did you get started making music?
Some of my earliest memories are of me discovering my Dads music collection. I just become really interested in putting on headphones and being transported to another place through sound. My Dad bought me a cassette player and he would take me to a record store every weekend to treat me to a new album or single. One day I realised that I could rearrange the tapes by re-recording sections and moving them around, making them really obscure. I didn’t know what I was doing but I guess it was my way of discovering composition and arrangement. Essentially making my own “remixes”. I studied music production and trained as a dancer during my teenage years, which taught me discipline and stage presence. I eventually left dance so that I could focus on music. But my live setup still involves choreography which I enjoy.
SALUTE: Did you play your music out much? Where were you performing?
Yeah I would perform for anyone that would have me, even just for the simple reason of practising and polishing as a performer. I took my set and dancers around a tour of the UK Pride events too. It was great for me because I’m a supporter of LGBT PLUS artists and culture. Recently I’ve been writing for other artists. I’m now getting back to writing for myself again and focusing on putting out my own project.
- SALUTE: When did you write your first song?
I think I wrote my first song for a GCSE music assignment. We had to write, produce and vocal our own song in the style of a chosen artist. I did an alternative pop rock song inspired by Pink. It was really bad! (laughs)
- SALUTE: What was it like moving to London?
Exciting and daunting at the same time. The competition is fierce here. I’ve met so many amazing people and had wonderful experiences. I still feel sick every time my rent is due though! London ain’t cheap. But it feels like it’s worth it with all of the talented beautiful people here and the opportunities.
- SALUTE: Are you into DIY production?
Definitely. I produce my own demos at home and then take them to other producers to collaborate and co-produce. I have a hard time not being involved in all processes of creation and production.
- SALUTE: How’s it been since your latest music came out?
I’ve been writing songs for some K-Pop and J-Pop artists which has been fun. I was working on a song that ended up being placed with a boy band called EXO. They’re massive. The Asian equivalent of One Direction. The song was released in December last year and went straight into number 2 in the charts. The next song to be released will be with a band called The Rampage, out in November. I wrote their lead single off of their upcoming album. It’s a taste of success that I’m very proud of and so grateful for. It’s also a bit surreal because it is happening on the other side of the world. Sometimes it doesn’t seem real.
- SALUTE: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
I’ve finished recording a new EP and I’ve been in rehearsal with my dancers. I want to shoot a video and put out a single.
- SALUTE: What do you think of the SALUTE initiative?
I think it’s brilliant. Especially because of the other platforms that are out there seem to only place opportunities for younger people. But it’s like “What about early career people in their 20s? Do we not exist? Or do people in their 20’s not need help all of a sudden?”. I like that you’re supporting artists who are a bit more open minded and giving a space to people to say things that aren’t always possible within commercial music. As an LGBT artist, I want to represent that and bring that to the mainstream. Being a platform to help get people’s music out there is a great thing in itself.
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