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December 23, 2019
"Weather skies are grey or blue."
George Gretton is a singer/songwriter who is also a multi-instrumentalist creating his own lane as one of the rising talents to come out of the the UK. Fresh off the back of his headline shows in London and Nottingham, I caught up with George via email.
James: George, I hope you are well. Firstly, are in the Christmas spirit?
George: Always! I wanted to play a Christmas tune at my gig in London on the 12th, but my band vetoed it. I prepared a nice little cover of 'Driving Home For Christmas' by Chris Rea, but they were having none of it. I got the crowd to boo them though, so that was worth it.James: What were your earliest inspirations for creating music and developing your sound?
George: My Dad had an acoustic guitar he would play from time to time which I always thought was pretty cool, so probably that. In terms of developing my sound, I just love finding myself new styles of music. Some days I'll be listening to some Chinese Folk Music, some days Ambient music or Hip-hop. It doesn't really matter to me, as long as there are cool sounds then I like it and will take some inspiration.
With a strong fanbase coming out of Nottingham, it's evident that George has managed to create a buzz amongst the city. After being raised in Nottingham, like many independent artists George made the vital jump to pursue his music career by moving to London.
James: Being raised in Nottingham, what does the city mean to you now?
George: I really love Nottingham man. It's big enough to have a lot of cool shit going on, but not so big that it thinks it's better than it is, like London and Manchester. We've got some of the best small, medium and large venues in the country, and the crowds are always up for it. I think it's one of the coolest places in the UK for music right now.
James: What were your earliest inspirations for creating music and developing your sound.
I recently saw George live in Nottingham, The show was a part of his 2 leg mini tour which followed up with a gig in London. Things felt like it was orchestrated to create an atmospheric journey, which the crowd clearly appreciated. Despite initial technical difficulties George had a live band supporting him on stage which complimented the charismatic vocal performance allowing him to comfortably sail through the performance.
James: How did you find the experience performing live at Bodega?
George: It's always one of my favourite spots. I've played as a support quite a lot there.The people who work there are so lovely. The room is super intimate, but you can squeeze a lot of people in there. The size of the stage is a challenge when you've got a lot of gear, but it's so good. I also got to see Megatrain and Different Life Collective support who are two of my favourite acts from Notts.
James: Mention 3 things that you like to get up too in your spare time?
George: I mainly just make beats in my room and hope that something sticks with me enough to turn it into a tune. I also like getting involved with friend's tracks when I can, whether that's writing, featuring or producing. Outside of music, I usually just watch Always Sunny or go to the pub.
James: Can you name us a few rising talents coming out of Nottingham?
George: Yeah man - where to start? You need to listen to Megatrain for sure - they're writing some of the most interesting songs I've heard in a while. Different Life Collective are very sick. Eyre Llew are one of my all time favourite bands. Watch out for my boy Rish Kalra too - he's just starting out but he's got some beautiful tunes on the way.
James: What does the year 2020 hold for George Gretton?
George: I think just ramping up the amount of gigs man. I get to play live with two sick musicians, which always makes me feel really lucky. Especially as all the tunes were made by myself on my laptop in my bedroom. It brings it alive. This has been my first year releasing stuff, so I want to get a load more of my stuff out there. I've got some "hip-hoppier" stuff and some more left-field stuff that I really want to put out. We're just planning what and when. Keep an eye out.
It seems like George has a clear vision for the forthcoming year, and it looks to be an important one for him. We look forward to hearing upcoming projects that George provides us with in 2020!
Photos: Wez @ Dark Room
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