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Q&A with Nick Byrne

guitarist Nick Byrne

What are you listening to right now?

I’m currently listening to a Canadian guy called Andy Shauf ahead of seeing him live tomorrow. Since seeing Conor Oberst last week I’ve also been listening through his stuff loads – from old Bright Eyes material, through to his latest album ‘Ruminations’, which is great.

How did you get into music?

My parents always played a lot of different music in the house growing up, I remember Elvis, Meat Loaf, Micheal Jackson, as well as Irish folk songs and a tape of Andean pan pipe music!

What have you been reading lately?

Selected poems by Pablo Neruda. Definitely worth reading up about his life if you’re not familiar with him.

Who is the most influential person in your life?

My mum’s had a big influence on me as far as far as values and ambition but also politics. She was a teenager during the coup in Chile, knowing about some of the terrible things that happened definitely made me thankful to grow up without those type of struggles in my life.

Which song do you wish you had written?

Probably something that stirs strong emotions like Jeff Buckley’s Mojo Pin. Maybe even the xx’s Angels, as that’s a beautiful love song.

We’re at the bar. What are you drinking?

If I’m at the bar it’s probably because I’m playing a gig, so probably water… perhaps a Jack & Coke after I’ve played!

Who would you dread getting stuck in a lift with?

Ignoring Trump… because I’d probably be stuck in the lift with multiple security guards too.. The sort of person who says really ignorant things on the phone – that would drive me mad!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Ha-ha I’m not sure if I can remember having a definite idea – my mum would probably say I wanted to be a train driver or something. Before learning to play the guitar, I liked making things, arts and crafts and drawing, writing! My day job is a graphic designer, so that definitely started there.

If you were a London tube station, which one would you be?

Hmmm… if I say one that’s derelict and empty is that too miserable? I grew up near Chalfont & Latimer which matches the above description but also is out in the country and is fairly pleasant once you get used to  it!

Are you heading to London?

Recently started work near Soho so will be checking out any opportunities soon!

How can we find out more about you?

Check out www.nickbyrne.co.uk, where you can listen or purchase my EP, and there are also links to my social channels

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