At twenty-three, living and breathing music, this is just the beginning of a promising musical career as he starts to concentrate on live audience shows and more recordings.
Tell me about Blue Skies.
Blue Skies is my band. You could also argue that Blue Skies is me, since I'm the only person in it. I decided to use a band name rather than my own because 1) it leaves the option of adding more band members open, and 2) I don't really like my name.
When did you first become interested in playing music?
I was about nine or 10 when I started playing guitar, I'd always been interested in music but I think it was the Britpop era that really got me. It was a long time before I seriously considered it as a career possibility - really it was when I left university and realized it was either that or get a real job. Fear of the alternative can do wonders for your confidence, I've found!
Who are your major influences?
Conor Oberst, The Mountain Goats, The Libertines, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Jamie T… The list goes on and on as most peoples' would. We're lucky these days - there's such a huge amount of music out there and it's so easily accessible, you're never gonna be short of a musical influence or two!
What do you like most about being a musician?
Though I think it's the hardest part, writing songs is also my favourite aspect of being a musician. There's a feeling I get when I've just finished a song, that I've not found anywhere else… It's a mixture of accomplishment; the idea that an hour ago this song didn't exist and now it does, and also excitement; both that you're the only person in the world who has heard this song and also that you get to go and share it with people. That's another good part, letting a song out into the world for the first time and seeing how people react to it.