George Linton Interview
George Linton Interview – Live & Love Music
George discusses songwriting, musical influences and playing at the O2 Academy…
Hi George. So how did you first get into music?
I was about five years old and I heard boogie woogie piano for the first time. Something about the bluesy nature and the high energy of it spoke to me and I just wanted to play music from that time onwards.
How would you describe your sound?
It varies… As a solo artist, I have the flexibility to write in any number of styles without really having to think about it. But I would say you wouldn’t come to a gig of mine without hearing a mixture of acoustic indie, folk and blues. I don’t like to label it beyond that too much. Have a listen and see what you think!
When songwriting, do you come up with the lyrics or music first? What inspires you?
Completely depends on the song really. I recently wrote a protest song about Brexit, Falling Far Below and the lyrics definitely came first to me. But sometimes I write completely the other way round. A song called Back For You I penned recently, because I really liked the music in the True Detective TV series, so tried to capture the spirit of that before slotting in the lyrics at the end.
If you had one piece of advice for someone starting out in the music industry, what would it be?
The actor Gene Wilder was once asked this question about getting into acting. His response was rather startling to me as he said ‘give up’! I didn’t really understand it at the time. But I think what he was trying to say is that you need a thick skin, and if you can’t handle criticism or believe in yourself during the rough periods you won’t go very far. It’s similar with music really. I have had people tell me a new song I was playing was not that great and then it got picked up for use on a film and by BBC Introducing, so you have to go with it sometimes!
Who are your influences?
I would say Dylan is a huge one. I was always a fan but after watching the Scorsese film, ‘No Direction Home’, I decided this was what I wanted to do with my life. I’m a huge Neil Young fan and of music from that era. More modern influences would include Jack White, The Tallest Man On Earth and Ryan Adams.
What have been your biggest achievements in your music career so far?
Tough to say really… I played the O2 Academy in Islington last year and that was amazing. Having several hundred watching and cheering you on was an incredible feeling, such an adrenaline rush, and one I hope to experience more often! A close second would be when I started to get paid for writing songs. Maybe not quite the same immediate sensation as a great gig, but it is incredibly rewarding to know you are on the right track!
What’s coming up next for you?
I’ve got a busy few months ahead actually! I have been in the studio recording for the last couple of months, so will be releasing my first official E.P soon (looking likely to be beginning of June) and then lots of gigging ahead and some festival slots in the summer I am looking forward to!
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