Q&A with I Am Officer
What are you listening to right now?
The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Duke Garwood, UMO, Lapsley, The Antlers, Viet Cong.
How did you get into music?
I’ve always had this private internal world in my head of these melodic rhythmic compositions going on and so go about generally singing my way through the things of the day. My Dad’s a music fan who loved the likes of T-Rex, Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash and lots of folk singers. I always naturally felt drawn towards writing and drawing… short stories and poems and then lyrics. In my teens I got into loads of bands like Radiohead, REM, Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, The Smiths, The Cure and loads more. In my late teens I managed to get to a couple of gigs in Belfast that had a huge impact on me and opened me up even more to the power, hope, fun and beauty of music. Off the back of that I started playing my Dad’s guitar and bought a little old acoustic for £70 and before I ever learned to play a song by someone else I started writing my own amateur attempts with the chords I was learning.
Who do you follow religiously on Twitter?
No one religiously… but I like a bit of Simon Reeve, Stephen Fry, Lapsley, BBC6, The 405, Radio KC, Xfm, Clash Music, Flemish Eye, Secretly Canadian, Mr Peeps and the like.
What have you been reading lately?
John Steinbeck’s classic, Grapes of Wrath along with a few blogs here and there.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
Probably some of the funny and positive people who I come across in my work with homeless and vulnerable people for whom things are a real struggle. I hugely admire positive perseverance in a person and I get to see that a good bit.
Which song do you wish you had written?
That’s FAR too tough… I’ll go Reckoner by Radiohead
We’re at the bar. What are you drinking?
Doom Bar or a Youngs any day.
Who would you dread getting stuck in a lift with?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
If you could change one thing about London, what would it be?
Let’s go with the swelling rich poor divide and the sheer disconnect and lack of community between the two camps. Or if you want something lighter, the sheer lack of pool tables and jukeboxes in good pubs.
What gigs, songs or albums are you promoting at the moment?
I’m just now releasing my single, The Waters from my upcoming debut album, Myriads and will be touring later in the year with the release of the album.
How can we find out more about you?
You can get in touch and listen here