With all six Salute Finalists now selected by our community of Music Lovers, we caught up with Fin Henderson after his success getting through to the finals in the #1 spot with ‘A Million Places’.
  • SALUTE: Hi Fin, how are you? How’s it feel to get through to the Salute Finals in the number 1 spot?

Hey! I’m great. Little tired but great! The last few days have been incredible. It was fantastic enough to have the validation of being selected by the curators, so to then be supported so well by the public is phenomenal! Thank you so much to everybody who voted for me!

  • SALUTE: What was it like picking your second song for the finals? What is the inspiration and story behind the song?

I was actually really glad to be able to submit something new for the second round, though I wasn’t sure what to go for initially. I eventually chose my song ‘Evolution’ as I feel it’s a really different track. The song is a brutal and honest evaluation about the feeling of growing up and moving forward and all the contrasting ways it can make you feel. Trying to address the contradiction between excitement for the future and the feeling of not being ready or adult enough to take it on. I hope people relate to it!

  • SALUTE: Where did you grow up? What was it like musically?

I grew up in a village in East Yorkshire. It’s a really small village so when I was much younger I’d have to say the busiest music venue probably was my lounge when I was playing piano annoying my family.

  • SALUTE: What type of music did you enjoy discovering growing up? Anything that really influenced your writing?

When I was growing up we would always have artists like Sam Cooke, Nina Simone and Elvis playing in the car and around the house for a good old dance. I also absolutely love big band music and Sinatra style stuff. However, as I became older, I began to listen to a lot more bands like Kasabian, Muse and Radiohead. I think it’s that style of music that is perhaps reflected in my writing the most.

  • SALUTE: What were the local music scenes like?

As I grew older I loved getting involved with the musical elements at my school, which led to writing songs and really finding a deep passion for music. I then began to enjoy playing local venues and being inspired by meeting so many fantastic musicians along the way.

  • SALUTE: How did you get started making music? When did you write your first song?

I had played piano from a young age, I loved being parts of all things musical, but it had never really crossed my mind that it was possible to get into the creative side of things. Then when I was around 13, with a great friend of mine at school, I started really enjoying mucking about with some songs and seeing what could be done. It was a long process and the first songs were quite terrible, but that’s how it has to start! Or that could just be me. We made so many Youtube videos and recorded so many songs in my room. It was great fun and how it all began really.

  • SALUTE: What gear do you use for recording and production?

I have a mini set up in my bedroom currently! I use a computer program called Cubase linked up to my keyboard and microphone.

The incredible support from people so far allowing me to get in to the top 6 means that I may be able to record something going forward in some really great studios, which would just be so so great to have the chance to have that experience, but also to create something I’m hopefully really pleased with.

  • SALUTE: What do you think of the SALUTE initiative and competition?

I think it’s great that as the world moves forward, people everywhere are able to share art and creativity with the world. It does, however, mean it’s often hard to get heard, so it’s really fantastic and I’m super grateful to SALUTE for the chance to push things forward.

I’d just like to say thank you so much for all the support and regardless of any results, it’s been a great event to be part of and I wish everyone luck for the future!

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