Nicola is a Glasgow based Singer-Songwriter, who also runs Open Mic nights at venues in Glasgow. Her debut EP “Open Hearted Girl” is coming out soon and we have a wee chat with her about her music, her musical influences and her plans for 2020. Gear used: Guitar: A friend’s Yamaha guitar for the last […]
Glasgow Singer-Songwriter Hugh Kelly is weeks away from finishing his Music Degree at Glasgow Uni, on their “Composition & Performance” course, he’s just released his new single “Behind Us”, a radio friendly ear worm, which every Scottish radio station should be playing. Hugh will be releasing another single soon, plans for five releases this year […]
When you hear your calling, listen to that wee voice in your heart and Just do it. Elaine did just that and she’s now on a remarkable musical journey, in perpetual motion, performing & recording. We ask one of the hardest working artists/songwriters in Scotland how she finds time for life, relaxation but more […]
It’s never too late to start any new creative process, hobby or career. As Evelyn cites, she’s the “oldest newcomer in town” and released her debut album “A Little Bit Of Me” in 2018, part covers with her owns songs. But to us, she’s an inspiration. In fact, once you’ve read here interview, have a […]
If you sit back, close your eyes and listen to one of Martha’s excellent songs, you’d swear she was an American gal, roots filled, rustic n jeans, siting on a farm porch with her guitar and musing about the world. That’s how much her music is steeped in the American Folk/Country/Roots tradition. Organic, honest, intelligent, […]
Connor Fyfe is a thirteen year old Singer-Songwriter from Glasgow. A superb up and coming talent Scotland and the world should embrace, as they did Lewis Capaldi. This young man is going to be a household name one day soon. A Tour de force, he owns the crowds at his gigs like a veteran. He […]
Lisa Kowalski has came on leaps and bounds since she first took it upon herself to follow her music dreams. Performed at high profile gigs/events, just released her 3rd single “No More Time”, which she produced herself, was asked to write a song for Paisley, her home town, who count her as a VIB – […]
Now and again, new artists come along with a freshness, honesty and a uniqueness in their sound and songs that you just can’t ignore. Edinburgh Songwriter and Multi Instrumentalist Lewis McLaughlin is just that, and more. Lewis elaborates on his new EP “Paper In The Rain”, his songs and processes. Gear Used: Guitars: McIlroy […]
Katee is a 23 year old Singer-Songwriter who, with the help of her Management Team and Ross, is forging a career as an independent artist and songwriter. She has performed with some top names including, Dougie MacLean, Barbara Dickson, Karine Polwart, James Grant, Red Sky July, John Doyle, Findlay Napier, JJ Gilmour, Tony McManus, Catherine […]
In each of our Songwriter Interviews & Features, there is something to learn from all of those songwriters experiences, their processes, methods etc. That’s the beauty of music, there is always something to learn. Glean from them what you can and always try to develop your art form. it’s a life time’s work. What […]
Not only a superb songwriter, vocalist and musician, but David also produces demos/tracks for other songwriters in his home studio, some of which have been pitched to Nashville Publishers and Major Labels. Hot on the heels of his EP “Show Me How To Feel”, which was released in October last year, David has gigged constantly […]
An honest and heartfelt, yet powerful vocal, to match the honest and powerfully heartfelt songs. Scottish Singer-Songwriter Liv Dawn has gone from strength to strength in her fledgling music career, to the extent she won the “BBC Radio Scotland’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year Award 2019”. She released her first single “Reason” last summer and plans […]
Writing songs within a band environment can perhaps be a longer process, it can also be very challenging too, dependent upon a myriad of factors such as, musical differences, or each contributor having different influences and wish the songs & the music to go in a different direction from other band members. Some bands may […]
By Pete Carroll (April 2020) In a world of false constructs and fakeoids (is that a word ?!), seeking their fifteen minutes of fame, feeding their own vainglorious appetites, very few music artists these days are unique. Even fewer dare to be. But not so with Hailey Beavis. Hailey’s music and art is a bold […]
Since time immemorial, when humans began to evolve, they developed an ability to communicate and let’s face it, over time, gossip. Their “need” to present that information, combined with emotion and thought, also gave rise to embellishing their pre-historic outbursts with tones and noises. One wonders if the early genre’s were “Grunt”, “Stoners”..(wait..!), “Cave” and so on…
Songs nowadays are beautiful, personal, yet universally emotional, intelligent creations welcomed by those who find resonance with whatever genre, style, emotional content and/or message they may contain. It’s been said that poetry is there for those who need it. Music is the same and song is no exception. It gives comfort not only to the listener, but it can be a cathartic experience for the writer, if not a form of self therapy. Some would say it’s spiritual, some say we tap into something greater than ourselves, in the great “Collective Unconscious”. Whatever the reason, we do it for the love of doing it. The need to create a song and/or music and share it and connect with other Homo-Sapiens (and perhaps some share with animals and/or trees !!), is as mysterious as life itself.
We write not just for therapy though, it’s deeper than that. Singing, Tones, Music are all known to have been used as healing and social bonding mechanisms in ancient cultures (they still are), but there is a drive which songwriters (and composer) have. so that their inner voice can be heard, and sometimes, that can be a painful journey, as we all know. It’s not an easy ride, that’s for sure. Yes. some hit songwriters signed as in-house writers can write in collabs, writing teams etc and appear to have great success and their output (with ease soem may think), which might be too generic for some people, but nothing in life comes easy. We all write from experience in one way or another. Even hit songwriters use their life experience as a reference. No pain, no gain, as they say. And it’s a known, that some songwriters have gone out their way to become embroiled in emotional situations (bad love), knowing there is an outcome to be mined ! Some I’m sure, have pre-empted circumstances to be then shoveled out onto a page. Some, if not most, endure what life throws at them, some don’t endure, sadly. Its a hard rain and it does fall….
Songwriters and composers all have different ways of working, different methods to bring about a song or music in their chosen genre/s, styles. Our interviews here, demonstrate that, but they also show a universality with songwriters. They all write because they love to write songs. They do it because…..you guessed it, they’re songwriters !