Friday, 3 July 2015

Butch Walker at the Borderline

Fresh off his flight, after a hellish two days trying to get here, Walker walked on stage at the Borderline in Soho, no introduction necessary, sat down and began to play. The audience, completely silent listened to him open with Afraid of Ghosts.

If I was to sum up the night, the performance, the music in a few words, all I can say is: the guy shreds.

Bar Summer of '89 and The 3 kids in Brooklyn, Butch Walker played completely solo and the level of musical talent the man encompasses in inconceivable, even to his fans. You could listen to this guy everyday from Southgang to The Black Widows and still be left speechless by how skilled he is when you see him live. He is ridiculously good on keys, not something you expect from someone whose guitar-playing leaves everything to be admired and praised. And I know he can sing, but listening to him live, it is a completely different experience - he has one of those voices that wrap around you, taking you in, and let you drift off in them.

He played his father's favourites, and audience favourites, moving between the softer, slower Afraid of Ghosts tracks to his older, faster stuff. Frank Turner joined him on stage for Summer of '89, which was a nice treat for all. The gig was littered with little moments of magic like the audience singing along to Mixtape, and a single girl hitting the echo line "I talk to me" in the most perfect way.

The especially wonderful thing about the show, after the beautiful music, was the community atmosphere - it wasn't just the well-behaved audience, or the way Walker made us laugh and cry, or the way he spoke with us, telling us stories and keeping us hanging on his every word... It was the sense of respect - for each other as well as the artist. His fans really are like a family, and a very welcoming one at that.

And then, around 10.30pm, Walker disappeared off the stage.

He came back, picked up his guitar, and told us about his father. He slowed it back down, and played us the last song he ever played for his dad. And it was almost indescribable. It was like being in a movie, or imagining what fictional characters feel in their fictional, emotional-heightened, anything-is-possible worlds. There he is on stage, having shared something so personal, and the audience, in perfect harmony begin their low hum. It was as if a feeling of collectiveness washed over us, and it was the perfect end to the night.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Ideas Tap

Many of you may have heard that the fab Ideas Tap is closing down on 2 June. It is incredibly sad as this wonderful charity provides a forum for creative people to connect, share their work and apply for briefs.

It really has been an incredible platform to grow as an artist.

Since its announced closure, members have taken to writing to their MPs, amassing Facebook likes and doing all they can to save Ideas Tap. If you would like to get involved with saving this truly wonderful charity that has helped so many young creative people start their career, head over to the website.

Join the campaign, download the supporters pack, and spread the word.


Thursday, 19 February 2015


'Sup peeps?

Or rather, Hello!

Yes, I have been busy but I have not forgotten about you. If you are desperate to read my lovely words, head over to The Times of India. But until then, update:

Rock the House is closed for entries, so I hope you crazy musical fiends submitted and will have amazing luck! Hopefully the world will discover some great music.

RBRs have a fab new song... You can have a listen here.

The incredibly talented Butch Walker has released Afraid of Ghosts which is arguably his best album to date... To the point he is being labelled a 'New Artist' after seven albums. Hey, that's the charts for you.

The Sky Arts Scholarship run with Ideas Tap ends on the 5th March - so get your subs in creative, arty people!

Until the next time I can find a minute - love ya!