When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?
I’ve been making music since I was around 14, playing with friends after school. We had a boombox with a mic and we’d record stuff into that. We couldn’t really play but were just into making sounds at first. We were aping Spacemen 3, JAMC and Sonic Youth among others, a lot of ‘60s and ‘70s bands too. We totally embraced our dads’ record collections! You can hear us playing the Syd Barrett/James Joyce track “Golden Hair” from a ‘94 post-school session here:
From there I got into playing in bands until I set off on my own when San Lorenzo split in 2001….
How would you describe your music?
My music is quite lyrical; words have always been a focus of my solo work. I use recurring characters and themes and often return to folks I knew growing up for inspiration. Musically, it’s all over the map but there’s usually a guitar doing something or other, sweet or sour…
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
It’s been a busy time: in May there’s the release of “Golden Margins”, my new LP, which I am really pleased with. It was recorded in the thick of a sodden winter in the Hampshire countryside. There’s a lot of darkness on there but plenty of shafts of light too.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
There are lots of artists I’d like to work with. I guess Greg Ackell of the Drop Nineteens is someone, as his music and lyrics meant a lot to me when I was a kid. He’s the inspiration for my subtly-titled tribute, Greg.
Caspar Brötzmann is one of my favourite guitar players so it would be amazing to play with him, same with Thurston Moore or on the acoustic front Steffen Basho-Junghans…
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
If I had one LP? That’s obviously incredibly hard but I’d probably take Revolver as it’s a perfect record.