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Darlington-based alt. songwriter Scott Wilson returns with a new single, Fly Away, which flits between hypnotic beats, shimmering piano and intricate guitars, all with Scott’s soothing vocal ever-present. Here, he tells us more about his musical journey.

Who are you and where are you from?

I am Scott Wilson; I am originally from Newton Aycliffe but currently reside in gorgeous Darlington.

What is it you do?

I am an acoustic singer/songwriter.

How long have you been doing it?

I have been a solo artist now for around two/three years but my passion for music began halfway through secondary school, around 14 years ago when me and my best friends decided to start a band. At that time, lead guitar was the dream role for me in my head, but I was stuck with playing bass guitar. Not to knock bass players, I quickly learned how fun playing bass was, but at the time I was looking up to and being amazed by guitarists like Steve Vai, Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler.

After playing in dozens of bands as a bass guitarist I decided to make the switch to performing as a solo acoustic artist and haven’t looked back!

What inspires you?

The video game Guitar Hero 3. It’s strange to think that one single video game inspired me and truly changed my life as a teenager but if I had not owned that game and played it religiously with my friends as a teen, I very much doubt I would have the same passion for music that I do now.

I am constantly being inspired by my best friends too, having such supportive, creative and ambitious friends is a real asset when I have these ‘crazy’ aspirations of succeeding as a musician. Being from quite a small town up in the North, the pressure from your peers can almost decide where you end up but thankfully, I am surrounded with like-minded dreamers who want the absolute best for each other.

Musically, my two main inspirations over the last 10 years are Steven Wilson (founder, guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Porcupine Tree) and David Gilmour (guitarist, singer and songwriter from Pink Floyd). I feel a connection to Steven Wilson’s music more than any artist I can think of. His work with Porcupine Tree as well as his solo ventures and everything in between has never failed to amaze me in one way or another. Both artists have such a vast body of work and the range of music. I’d hope to one day reach a level of musicianship.

Tell us about your work/music

I tend to use a lot of live looping with my music when I’m playing live, I try to be an artist that turns a couple heads. With live looping there are a lot of mistakes that can be made, and I think although it’s bound to happen here and there it also adds to the beauty of it being live and keeps me on my toes.

My songwriting is mostly coming from personal experience, I feel like as I grow as an artist what I write about will differ and I’ll look to more storytelling, conceptual pieces of music. But for now, I’m using my music to make sense of my experiences.

What have you got coming up in the future?

I’m going to continue writing and releasing singles throughout this year so please follow me wherever you choose to stream or listen to music, the singles will keep coming for as long as I have songs in me.

I would also very much like to release an EP when the time is right, but I want it to make sense and not just be a collection of singles that don’t relate to each other.

But you can listen to my latest release Fly Away right now! I’m absolutely in love with it.

Where can people find out more about you?

You can find me just about anywhere on social media searching ‘scottwilsonmate’. Instagram and Facebook are the best way to stay informed and up to date, but I do occasionally hop on Twitter to fail miserably at writing funny tweets.

You can also listen to my music on just about any streaming platforms under Scott Wilson too!


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