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You’ve just come back from Australia - you must be knackered mate… Erm, I’m more knackered from just staying up and making music. I came back about a week ago now and it’s weird, I just got straight back into getting on with stuff really. It was difficult on the way out there with a bit of this jet lag stuff, but it wasn’t too bad and I came back inspired to make music.


You’ve got a distinctive British patter, but it obviously translates all around the world. Do you think that’s to do with the themes of what you’re saying? Or the music? I guess so, I guess so; I love music from around the world myself and stuff that I enjoy, I don’t always understand lyrically. For me it’s a music thing, or a


Norwich, and it’s called Aviva, the graveyard of ambition. You worked in insurance for a stint - for those that still do, how do you stay creative? Hungry? Motivated to get the fuck out of there? I don’t know, it’s just that music, at the time while I was working in insurance, was a hobby – it was a


I don’t look at things in the sense of chart positions, or being A-list on the playlist, I just kind of make music and if people like it, they like it


vocal arrangement, or a vocal melody… I couldn’t tell you the exact answer to that one but I’m happy that my music is being listened to outside of the British Isles. Tis is where I’m from and I’m happy that people like me to a certain extent here, but it’s important to be a world artist, not in a world music sense, but incorporating – or not even incorporating, but keeping one ear and one eye on what’s going on outside of these shores, you know.


Your patter is your calling card, and binds everything to Ghostpoet. Does that mean you can afford to be more creative, more experimental with the production? I would say so, maybe; I’ve been very lucky that I’ve been able to bring out two records, and two records that have been creatively of my doing. No-one’s told me how to make any of my music, it’s very much me just trying to be creative. I don’t know, I just feel I can do anything I want to do. I think we all have that option and it boils down to whether you choose to go down that route.


Tere’s something you can sympathise with, I think - there’s a killer disease in


serious hobby, something I invested time and money into, it’s just that I never thought, ‘oh, this is my ticket out of this 9-to-5 situation.’ I persevered at a hobby and I don’t know, I guess it was almost like subconsciously being prepared for a moment when you may be called upon to show what you’re worth, and I think that’s what’s important. Not in the Hollywood movie style, I was working 9-to-5 and I got a stroke of luck and someone heard me singing out of my bedroom window [laughs]. It’s more important just to be prepared I guess, in some type of way – everyone gets a chance, and it’s just whether you’re ready to take it or not.


I think people forget to even stay hungry though, or create those chances for themselves when they’re stuck in that world – - Needs must, needs must, y’know; when you’ve got bills to pay, I didn’t want to do it, but you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.


So you were working in insurance, possibly thinking of lyrics and ideas. I’m imagining that you probably wrote your lyrics down before you vocalised


them – - Not completely, not completely… well, vocally maybe, yeah. Before I made recordings, yeah, I definitely wrote them down.


Is it an awkward process, learning to vocalise your work? Most people that you speak to, finally opening their mouth is a bit exposing – - Yeah, yeah, I guess so, but it was one of the few conscious decisions I made when I started out properly was to be me in everything I do, be it an interview, be it making music, or writing lyrics, or being creative in any shape or form. If I’m putting myself out there, it’s important just to be myself.


Is there something that’s the death of creativity for you, because you seem to be making music quite prolifically? [Laughs] I don’t think I make music that prolifically! I think I just go through spurts of inspiration and spurts like I am now, where it means no sleep, just making stuff, making stuff because I have that energy - that creative energy is there. I don’t even know what the question is now, I just picked up on that word and went for it!


I was wondering if there was one thing that can distract you, more than anything, from your work? Te death of creativity? Well, I don’t know, I think as I mentioned, because I go through spurts it’s not like a job to me


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