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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we learn more about the amazing bands and artists right here in the north east. This time it’s the turn of Matthew Bulmer, aka Lord Swans, to face our ten questions.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?

My name’s Lord Swans and I’m from Whitburn, which is kinda in between Sunderland, Newcastle and South Shields!

What inspired you to first start making music?

Different experiences made me start making music; my songs are very real and are always written about open and honest situations, so whenever I feel a certain amount of emotion about something, a song tends to be the sort of offspring of those feelings.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

I would say a mix of Darwin Deez, Biffy Clyro and, hmm, maybe someone kinda heavy like Pulled Apart By Horses. Sounds a little weird but I’ve started to enjoy making nice indie songs sound quite heavy and powerful.

“my songs are very real and are always written about open and honest situations”

How would you describe your sound?

Hmm, everyone gets really mad with me about my genre because I call it “magma indie” and everyone says that it’s just made up and silly. My reasoning behind that genre label is because it’s quite aggressive indie with intense, meaningful stories behind the songs themselves.

Where do you see yourself fitting into the local music scene?

That’s a really cool question. I mean, I think the north east local scene is really strong at the minute. I guess I fit in around rock and indie genre but hopefully I could get some heavier gigs too. I think there’s some mental bands out there who are making new sounds and being different which is great, so hopefully I could fit in there.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by Lord Swans?

Ooooh, if I’m honest people should hopefully notice the humourous aspect of our live shows. I’m a big believer in having fun with gigs and not being too serious; crowd interaction is great and some of my songs aren’t the happiest so I’ve gotta keep people living somehow! My hairstyle is pretty awful so there’ll be some really cool hair jokes. Energy too. I love going nuts live. I never plan any stage moves; it’s the heart of crowd that decides and pushes all that sort of thing.

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?

Yeah for sure, the confirmed shows I have at the minute are: Saturday 23rd May at Evolution Emerging (at the Little Building from 8:30pm-9:30pm) and Mouth Of The Tyne Festival on Wednesday 8th July with Lisbon, Gallery Circus and Immy Williams

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as a band/artist?

I’m gonna say a few: getting played on BBC Introducing has been nuts; Nick Roberts is a legend! Getting a slot at Evo Emerging was insane, and getting a slot supporting Lisbon at mouth of the Tyne was huge. I’ve been really overwhelmed with these opportunities, I’m very grateful.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?

100% man! It sounds daft but writing a happy song was really tricky but with summer coming I’m finding it a little easier so they’re on their way! I’m not sure if this classes as a challenge but sometimes when writing, in my head I’ll think two words rhyme together but when I’m in the studio they really, really don’t so I’m trying to overcome that issue! It keeps happening; producer Tom thinks I’m nuts!

What else have you got planned for the future?

For now I’m just planning on gigging more, trying make more contacts and carry on releasing a new song everyone couple weeks. An EP or an album is definitely on the horizon so I’m looking forward to that. I love the whole creative process so I’m very much looking forward to that.

Lord Swans plays at Evolution Emerging on Saturday 23rd May.

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