Hello, there my peeps,
Hope you had amazing holidays and a great NYE. I was a bit low the last past week’s cause of my work, but as I promise you in my last interview, I have a lot of surprises. This week I had the pleasure of talking with a great artist, a local Londoner, and his name is George Balkwill. George is a rising talent from East London, making new singles, new music, and choruses. He was at BBC singing his last songs. His voice is amazing and his vocals are heavily influenced by Blues/Indie – Pop/Folk and Rock. He just released his latest single ”Trouble” and I’m listening on repeat. I think all of you will love his song as it based on a true story, about toxic relationships and how people can make you feel down.
Let’s see what George had to say:
Andreea: When and why did you start playing?
George: I started playing guitar at around 10 years old when my Dad introduced me to all the great artists in his record collection such as Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Verve and many more. I remember the first time I heard “Stairway to Heaven” it was a big turning point for me because I was just amazed at how someone could make a song like this? I was completely taken in and hooked on it.
Andreea: Which instruments do you play?
George: I play guitar and a little bit of piano.
Andreea: What was the first tune(s) you learned?
George: On the guitar, the first couple of songs I learned was “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple, “Walk this way” By Aerosmith and the intro to “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.
Andreea: What are the five things you can’t live without?
George: I can’t live without my Dogs Bella, Bubba, and Paddy, my guitar, my computer, my family and Spotify 🙂
Andreea: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
George: It’s changed as I’ve gotten older, I’m always learning things about myself and learning new principles that I’ve come to live by, but I think ultimately its to do whatever makes you happy and learn how to take constructive criticism from the right people that care about you and ignore comments from people who know nothing about you or
Andreea: Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
George: I admire musicians who have the right intentions with their music and deliver with integrity rather than someone getting into the industry to become rich and famous. For those reason’s Bob Marley is a big inspiration to me as he wanted to use his music to empower his people that were held to extreme poverty in Jamaica. Another would be Bob Dylan for his commitment to music and self-belief that his music would provoke change within a generation.
Andreea: Ten years from now you will be….
George: Id like my records to be known for the right reasons and to be playing as much as I do now.
Andreea: Can you remember the first time you wrote a song?
George: Yeah It was a song called “Leaving from the City”. And at the time a lot of my friends were going away traveling so I wrote a song about everyone leaving London to go away, I look back now and slightly cringe but I guess for a first song its got a lot of heart.
Andreea: Do you ever get nervous?
George: Yeah, always before shows but they are exciting nerves more than anything else.
Andreea: What kind of things inspires you to write?
George: I take a lot of inspiration from trips away to other countries and embracing new things. I think experience is key in songwriting as you can only take so much from a routine lifestyle, so I take note of the things that I experience in my life growing up around London and Essex, what my friends and family have experienced and what everyone in
the world experiencing at the moment. I recently wrote a song about the Gang-related youth fatalities that are going on around London at the moment as I think it’s a problem that needs to be addressed its called “Paved in Blood” and I hope to release it at maybe a later point in 2020.
Andreea: What’s your favorite place to eat?
George: Its got to be a cheeky Wagas! I love Wagamamas, the steamed buns are on point.
Andreea: Do you have any pets?
George: Yeah I’ve got loads! Bella who’s a Victorian Bulldog, Bubba who’s a Pug, Paddy who’s an American Bulldog, Meow Meow the Cat, Betty who is a Vietnamese potbelly pig and some Fish.
Andreea: What’s your bad quality?
George: I overthink way too much about everything, do they like me? Is the song good enough? Was that a good enough performance? Do these trousers suit this top? And on we go until my heads gone. Sometimes it’s nice to just be, but I guess it helps me in some respect because I work until I get something perfect.
Andreea: How much do you practice singing/playing
instruments a week?
George: It differs week on week depending on how much I’ve got going on, whether I’m at college or not, though moment it’s about 5 hrs a week, it should be more, to be honest, I’m just trying to get a release plan in place for next year.
Andreea: What’s next?
George: The plan is to get a few songs picked to be released next year and maybe an EP put together. And to hopefully get placed on a few festivals for next summer.
Thank you, George, for the interview and I hope I will see you soon at the summer festivals. I’ll be in the first row screaming your name 🙂
I’ll leave you the links for his music just below!