For those that don’t know you can you tell us a little about yourself, your story?
Well, I’m 20 years old and I’m currently working towards getting my degree in Zoology. The natural world is one of the most fascinating things on the planet to me, and I love to be creative too (singing, painting etc.). So for this particular project I decided to tie my career with my hobby, that’s how I came across ‘One’.
The song on reverbnation is quite beautiful it is written for the one project can you tell us a little about it?
The ‘One’ project is something that formed between myself and Rocket Surgeon. I originally wrote the song on my own, just guitar and vocals and after chatting with George (bass, vocalist and key player) at college he asked if I would be interested in meeting his other band members and seeing what they could do with it. Six months later and we have this beautiful song, with all proceeds going to the WWF’s fund to help the endangered Amur Leopards. There are only 37 left in the wild and to us, they are beautiful and deserve to live on the earth without fears of poaching. We like to think the song presents a stand against the oppression of the world’s wildlife, everything from deforestation to illegal hunting and animal cruelty. We’d like to encourage everyone to think about the mark they make on the natural world and its inhabitants.
The song is performed with rocket surgeon, could you tell us a little bit about them?
Rocket Surgeon is a Peterborough based indie rock band formed in 2013. The band members include Phil Nessfield (vocals and guitar), Lewis Edwards (drums), and George Davey (bass, vocals, and keyboards). The band members met at secondary school, and through a shared love of bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, and The Smiths, began to make music together. As of today Rocket Surgeon has released a single and music video for the song ‘American Horror Film’*, with several other original tracks available on Reverberation, Facebook, and Soundcloud among others.
Have you performed at any festivals? What is your favourite festival you have been to?
I’ve performed at a local festival, a couple of weddings and loads of open mics. I’d love to perform at a festival, the only festival I’ve ever been to is Leeds Fest twice (2012 & 2014). It was awesome both times but gutted I couldn’t get tickets for Radio 1’s Big Weekend! Rocket Surgeon have performed at the Botolph Green Festival and other musical events around Cambridgeshire. We love going to the Willow Festival every year, it’s a great event, and try to go to festivals like Latitude and Reading & Leeds as often as possible.
Oh god my favourite animal changes every week! At the moment it’s the Orca, big, beautiful, peaceful things; my love for them came from watching the film documentary ‘Blackfish’ on the Orca’s in captivity at SeaWorld (a real eye opener, if you haven’t already seen it). But I honestly can’t have a personal favourite, they’re all wonderful. I hope one day to specialise in marine mammals so it does seem rather fitting. Rocket Surgeon’s favourite animal is the manatee. They’re very smart animals with great long-term memories, but they’re loners and spend most of the day sleeping!
Lots of people write songs and do charity records do you think that music makes a difference, is it a good way of changing peoples opinions?
Of course! Look at band aid, the most profitable song in history and the money went straight to charity. If you’re talking about the right things at the right time. It alerted people to a dire issue that some might not have been aware of, that’s what ‘One’ aims to do too. It’s not just poaching that’s causing species to become endangered- it’s deforestation, mistreatment and lack of modernisation in third world countries to help humans live peacefully alongside all animals.
Who inspired you to get up on stage, to pick up a guitar?
It started off seeing my older brothers playing a guitar, so naturally I wanted to do it too! And I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. My parents always encouraged me to get on stage and be confident about my voice, it’s become something I really enjoy. The main influence I had for writing my own music was Gabrielle Aplin- she’s an incredible artist that started off on Youtube. Definitely a key inspiration.
Are there any other musicians or other creative people you would recommend that we check out?
Well Gabrielle Aplin first if you haven’t already heard of her, Rocket Surgeon write their own music and are an incredible band too. Mostly, if you’re ever in the Peterborough area I recommend going to Solstice on a Wednesday night. An open mic night is held there every week and some of the most talented people I know play there all the time.
What are your plans for the summer anything interesting?
This summer it’s going to be travelling, painting and writing music. I’ve already visited a few places with my friends and partner, but I have an uncontrollable wanderlust! Seeing the world brings love, inspiration and positive vibes- the most important things to focus on in life. Rocket Surgeon plans to record and release a tribute to girl bands of the 60s. The single will have covers of The Crystals ‘Then he Kissed me’ and Linda Scott’s ‘I’ve Told Every Little Star’. We plan to start playing gigs again around Peterborough after several months of recording songs in our home studio.
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