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Ex-Far Pacific frontman, Patrick Gosling returns to the North-East music scene in his new singer-songwriter form. He makes music that is upbeat and catchy and juxtaposes it with sincere and heartfelt lyrics to create an engaging brand of indie rock. He has just released his debut single, Always Ready across all digital platforms and so we caught up with him to find out more.

You were the frontman of local Indie Band Far Pacific. Why did you decide to do a solo project as opposed to starting another band?
With far pacific there were four heads working on the product, but with my solo stuff, I have more creative freedom to be as weird or as safe as I can. As much I love playing with Far Pacific my solo stuff is more true to who I am as an artist. 

Tell us more about your upcoming release, Always Ready.
I’m from South Shields and that’s the town’s motto so I wanted to pay homage to not only the place but to the people. The songs about myself, my friends and my family all just getting by in a left-behind coastal town. I’d love to put South Shields on the map! And I lived in Manchester for 3 years and realised that my heart belongs in shields.

Why did you choose to release this song as your debut single?
I felt it was necessary for this to be my first single – it says a lot about me as an artist, I like to write about the every day, the mundane. It’s also a bit of banger if I say myself. I worked with Jonny Rob from Boy Jumps Ship on this track and he really helped me understand what I wanted to do and helped me zone in on the strong points of my songwriting.

Describe the songwriting process.
I start on the acoustic guitar and then demo the track in my home studio (aka my bedroom). Then, once the songs are done, I’ll send it about my friends to get their thoughts on it. I’ll then send it to Jonny and then go in the studio and work on it. 

What are your plans for 2020?
Always Ready is out 10th January on all the usual sites and after that just keep releasing more songs every couple of months. I’ll also be gigging as much as I can plus I’ll be announcing my debut headline show very soon!

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