Q&A: ReverbNation Competition Winner Arran Page – “without music, life would be a mistake”


For those people that haven’t heard of you before could you tell us a bit about yourself, your story?

I grew up in the West Midlands and became obsessed with music at around 12 years old (I’m 28 now!). I was playing guitar, singing and writing down lyrics almost constantly, it became a new fascination for me and a way to express myself emotionally. It still is, to this day. I go out busking almost every day and believe that as Nietzsche said, “without music, life would be a mistake”.

Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?

I would say that watching footage of Queen performing sticks out in my mind, for sure. I remember seeing the way Freddie Mercury created magic with the audience, it really captivated me and I’m pretty sure the teenager in me still wants to be Freddie Mercury!

Which bands have influenced your style and stuck with you over the years?

Nirvana, The Who, The Beatles, Queen, The Smiths, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and the Wailers. As far as individuals go, Jeff Buckley and his album ‘Grace’ made the biggest impact on me. That album was truly transcendent when I first heard it.

Could you tell us a bit about the writing/recording of the Reverbnation Competition winning track Dead Wood?

I actually wrote the lyrics almost 10 years ago when I was at University in Scarborough. The song is essentially about mortality and the cycle of life. It perhaps isn’t the most cheerful song ever but it is a reflection of the reality in life. I worked on the track with my friend and Producer Ollie Cash, and we  really wanted a dark but atmospheric feel to the track.

What is the most interesting venue you have performed at?  

I’m very lucky in on many occasions I’ve been booked for weddings as a result of being seen busking, so I’ve performed at lots of beautiful and quaint venues across the Country. A while ago I also performed on Brighton Pier for Miss Transgender UK. It was a unique gig to say the least! I’ve also performed in a boxing ring prior to a fight, so I’m pretty much game to perform in any situation!

What do you think is missing from today’s music industry?

I think too many artists forget or don’t realise the platform they have, and my hope is that the music industry becomes a little  less fickle and a little more hope-inducing. It can be transformative in so many ways, and I think there’s a power behind music than can cause huge societal change. I don’t think anything is necessarily missing, but I think a shift needs to happen towards truth, peace and happiness, not money, fame and celebrity.

Here at Artistic Echoes we are always on the lookout for new artists do you have anyone to recommend?

There are a heap of hugely talented Singer-Songwriters coming out of the West Midlands. Esther Turner is one that comes to mind that is definitely moving onwards and upwards.

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

My plans are to begin work on an album before the year is out. Other than that, I’m going to be busking around the UK, connecting with people, continuing to write and performing as much as possible. What more could a guy ask for?

Instagram: @arranpage

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