Having grafted on many different paths in his music career, Gavin Kaufman continues to make his mark on the world. We sat down to talk youth, Liverpool, and what it takes to dig deep and stay authentic.
- SALUTE: Whereabouts did you grow up Gavin? What was it like?
- SALUTE: How did you get started making music?
My Dad was registered blind and so the best way for him to show me chords on the guitar and the keyboard was via a ‘hands-on’ approach. From then on I learned to play ‘by ear’.
In the years that followed I put together my first band and we became well-known on the local music scene in and around Northampton. I sang lead vocals and played bass guitar – since we couldn’t find a bass player. This was a blessing in disguise as it really encouraged me to develop a sense of independence between the vocal parts and playing the bass parts. We performed both covers and originals – playing pubs, clubs, venues and the odd wedding. We recorded three self-penned EPs. It was a great opportunity to develop live as a performer as well as a songwriter; both as a co-writer and as an individual. Also, this band served as an invaluable opportunity to learn and experience the ‘ins-and-outs’ of band dynamics; in many ways – the hard way.
- SALUTE: What was the uni experience in Liverpool like for you?
- SALUTE: Why did you decide to go solo?
- SALUTE: What gear do you use for production and recording?
- SALUTE: How’s it been since ‘Fake It Till We Make It’ was released?
- SALUTE: What do you think of the SALUTE initiative and competition?