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What is your earliest music memory?

My earliest musical memory is associated with my dad.  When I was very young, probably about 5 or 6, my dad used to bring home every weekend the latest hit on the charts.  My first album he brought home for me was Blondie - Parallel Lines. I loved listening to it then and still do now.  A complete classic and an obvious sign of good taste from my dad.

Tell us about a song that changed your life.

That's a really tough question.  The song that probably had the biggest impact on me was Someday by Embrace.  I heard them play it live in November 2004 for the first time and the whole experience was uplifting to say the least.  Up until that point I had not attended any live gigs for quite a few years and had really become quite detached from the recent music scene due to having a young child and not keeping up to date with what was going on.  This song reignited my love for live music and began a love of the back catalogue of Embrace.  It really did change my life as it was the beginning of my exploration of new artists and genres of music - both live and recorded.

What about your favourite gig you’ve attended?

My favourite gig so far would probably have to be seeing Snow Patrol at King Tuts in June 2018.  I had never managed to see them before and was delighted to have such an up close experience at what was a very special gig.  I found it quite an emotional experience and will treasure the memories of it for a long time to come. 

What makes Scotland so special for live music?

There are many reasons that Scotland is so special for live music.  I think that the Scottish crowds are always up for a good night.  The anticipation and build up before a gig begins is tangible.  You get the feeling that no matter what, the crowd are going to have a great night and any singalong opportunity that presents itself is greatly embraced.  The venues are second to none and really offer a fantastic springboard for the smallest of bands up to your stadium fillers.  The mix of people that you find at the gigs really does show you that music appeals to all ages and walks of life.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Lately, I have been listening to BBC Radio 6 Music.  I have been really excited by a lot of the artists that they’ve been championing such as Ex:Re, BC Camplight and Richard Hawley.

What was the last gig you attended?

The last gig I went to was the 21st Anniversary tour of The Good Will Out by Embrace at the Barrowland on the 6th of March 2019. It was fantastic to hear the album played in its entirety and the Barrowland is always a favourite venue of mine to hear a band play.

What is the furthest you’ve travelled for a gig?

The furthest I have travelled for a gig was to Leeds for Embrace's Secret Festival at Lotherton Hall. I went to this two years in a row and each time the experience was fantastic.  A real highlight was a set by Grant Nicholas (Feeder) when he was touring his solo album Yorktown Heights.

Can you recommend an artist you have recently discovered?

She Drew the Gun are the probably the most recent group that I’ve recently discovered. I’m quite excited by their sound.

Who would play your dream line-up?

Foo Fighters would headline with support from R.E.M., Jeff Buckley and Alanis Morissette.

Streaming or Physical? Albums or Singles?

I both stream and buy physical copies of music. I like to stream when I first hear something new to get an idea of the rest of the body of work that an artist has. I will then purchase a physical copy to support the artist. I am a fan of an album as I think it gives a better feel for what the artist is about.  

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