When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?
I’ve always sung and written music, but I took the first step to recording professionally at the Mill Hill Music Complex in North London where I had my first opportunity to work with engineers and to start being creative with my own material. I did not have a band with me at the time, but I laid down a few tracks there, and then I upped sticks and moved to New York City.
I did not know anyone in the New York, let alone any musicians, but, because everything is so concentrated, it is fairly easy to integrate into the music scene. I chose to live in the Lower East Side in Manhattan because of the proximity to all the music clubs. I was extremely lucky to meet some truly fantastic musicians, and, after about a year of being in New York, I started to get my first album together.
How would you describe your music?
It’s pretty difficult to pinpoint my sound. I wanted to bring together the musical influences that were most important to me, starting with Elvis and Sinatra. No one comes close to Frank’s style and phrasing in a song. And Elvis is, of course, the King. I was also drawn to the 70s – Bowie, T-Rex, Blondie, The Ramones, and then more recently to The Smiths, Suede, The Killers, and Arcade Fire. I wanted to wrap this all up in how I was feeling today, against that musical backdrop. I hope this has led to a strong, new style that has a clear lineage.
What have you been up to so far and what can be expected over the coming months?
I’ve spent the last couple of years working on my new album which is called ‘When I Don’t Love You I’ll Let You Know’. Its hugely inspired by Cary Grant movies and the title is taken from the classic Hitchcock movie ‘Notorious’. The lead single, called ‘It Was No One’s Fault But Mine I Must Confess’ is a riff on the film ‘An Affair To Remember’ and is out on March 15th. So currently I am extremely excited about getting the new material out there!
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Any compilation of Frank Sinatra’s catalogue. I am pretty sure there are some albums out there with about 50 tracks on, so that would keep me going!! If you want to know how to sing, listen to the Chairman of the Board.