With his first ever headline tour coming up, Adam French is one to keep your eye on. BBC Introducing have already noticed his talent. So, we caught up to talk favourite performances, his hometown and biggest influences.
By Jane Howkins
You’re performing in York on tour, what are your thoughts on the city?
I have friends in York, so I’ve spent a bit of time there over the years. It’s a beautiful place.
What would you say your favourite places to perform are, and is there anywhere you especially love playing?
I love festivals, everyone’s there for the same reason. But any show is enjoyable…
What would you say your most memorable gig has been?
I think Reading and Leeds festival were quite a moment for me. I used to go to Leeds as a teenager, so it was nice so be playing a festival that already holds so many memories.
This will also be your first headline tour, whilst we imagine you must be nervous, that must also be very exciting. How are you feeling about it?
Excited, very much looking forward to the shows!
You’re originally from Congleton in Cheshire, what is the music scene like down there? You’re not that far from Manchester and Sheffield (two places that are known for the music they have produced), has that affected you or your music at all?
Congleton for a small town has a great little music scene. I played a lot of shows there towards the start of my musical existence, both in bands and as a solo artist. I also played quite a lot in Stoke and Manchester. So both of those cities kind of feel like home too. Although I’m living in London, I’m a northerner through and through…
You’ve performed at quite a few festivals, including Reading and Leeds and Latitude. How different do you find performing at festivals to more intimate gigs, and which do you prefer?
I think both have their perks. Big shows are a pleasure to play for the crowd reaction and energetic atmosphere, but intimate shows are equally special for different reasons. I enjoy connecting with people, whether few or many.
Are there any plans to do any festivals in 2016?
Definitely, I find out which in the next couple of weeks. I’ll keep you posted!
Who or what would you say you are most influenced by when making and performing music?
I’m influenced by all sorts of music; I’m not really bothered which genre it stems from, as long as it’s enjoyable to listen to, I think maybe that’s why my music sits across quite a broad spectrum. If I write a song and it excites me, I’ll record and release it. Then hopefully it’ll excite anyone else listening to it. If a piece of music makes people feel something, then what else is there to worry about? Genre’s irrelevant.
Are there any bands or artists that you would recommend our readers check out?
Strange Bones, Stevie Parker and Hidden Charms – All excellent for different reasons. But if you’re into new music discovery, check them all out.
You were featured on BBC Introducing a couple of years ago, how did that come about?
I’ve been sending music into BBC introducing via the uploader since I was 16… In old bands, previous projects etc. When I started out as a solo artist they started really moving things along and opening doors with opportunities like the Radio 1 playlist and the Reading/Leeds Festival slots. They’re great people to be involved with, and they’re still doing brilliant things for new music.
What can someone expect from one of your shows?
My full band show is 5 piece, guitar led energy with moments of tranquillity, and my solo set is as intimate as intimate can be. Come and see both!
Any last words for the fans?
Thanks for getting to question 12. Nicely done everyone… And thanks for having me.
Adam French is playing at The Basement on Tuesday 26 January , 7.30pm