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Middlesbrough musician Scott Lloyd is gearing up to release his new EP this month

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

My name’s Scott and I’m from Middlesbrough. I’m a singer/songwriter and I play folk/country-esque sort of music. I’ve been doing for about two or three years since I moved to Manchester to pursue a career as a musician. I released three EPs on my own and am now just about to release my fourth in November. It’s called Ironopolis.

What inspired you to first start making music?

I reckon it came from a love for music mixed with hearing indie music like The Libertines. When I heard them I realised it can be a doable thing, seeing young lads like myself play and write music they enjoyed. So, I bought an acoustic guitar when I was about fourteen and started teaching myself chords to my favourite songs. All self-taught. To this day I’ve never had a guitar lesson, and it shows. Joking there!

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

I’m an absolutely massive Beatles fan. They are top of the pile for me. Then there are a few solo artists I like such as Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen etc. I am a big fan of 60s/70s, American singer/songwriters. That’s the avenue I like to go down with my music. Very personal sort of song writing style is the stuff I find myself writing a lot. One man, one guitar stuff people seem to connect with.

How would you describe your sound?

Very similar to the artists I’ve mentioned. But, it’s a bit of a hybrid of all the music I like. I’d say it’s an indie, Americana, folk, country mix. Somewhere in between those.

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

Well, I used to gig a lot in Middlesbrough and Stockton growing up in bands. When I moved to Manchester after university I started playing open mic nights on my own, just playing as many as I could. I loved it. I had the ability to write songs in the day and then go out at night and play them to people. I’ve recently had a few gigs playing with a band behind me, which has worked out really well. So, that could be something I pursue. But, for the time being it’s going good as a solo artist getting to know audiences like that.

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

Well they are pretty good. I’ve got a wide mix of songs, some slow and heartfelt, and some upbeat and catchy. People seem to love them equally and I enjoy playing them all.

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

I’ve got a little UK tour coming up for my new EP that’s coming out. I’m playing a big full band, home town show at Ku Bar, Stockton on Friday 20th November and I’m supporting a Liverpool band called The Hummingbirds. It is going to be a mint night. Tickets are going like mad.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far?

The hardest part of this business is keeping going. It can be relentless sometimes as it feels like work never stops. You are always writing, practicing, booking gigs, playing gigs, updating social media, planning your next move etc. And especially being a DIY solo artist like me, it’s almost impossible. So, I’m proud that I’m still going. I’ve self-released four EPs so far and each one has been bolder and made a bigger splash than the last, so I’m happy about that. I played at Glastonbury 2015 as well, but that’s nothing to shout about.

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

It’s like spinning plates in this game and sometimes some of them fall. But, with practice you can maintain them all and have a happy and fulfilling musical life, if you try hard enough.

What else have you got planned for the future?

More music and more gigs. I am addicted to music so I don’t think I’m going to stop any time soon. I relish songwriting and I’m always competing with myself to do better. In the short term I’ve got a new EP out in November and I’ll be focussing on getting that out there.

Scott Lloyd releases Ironopolis in November.


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