Graham Reid | | 3 min read
The judging panel includes Vicky Blood (artist Manager for Gin Wigmore, ex-BMG UK), Don McGlashan (artist, The Mutton Birds) and Jason Huss (Roundhead Studios engineer).
We introduce to you Brayden Jeffrey who is working in the genre of lyrical blues-rock. Playing with bizarre caricatures and larger-than-life metaphor, he writes songs about young love and simple moments with a mix of schoolboy naivety and utter sarcasm. Having been writing songs and performing onstage since he was a young boy, Brayden is a passionate performer who believes it’s the stage where his music really comes to life. “When I write, I write with how the song will look and feel onstage in my mind. That’s my ultimate goal as a writer and performer”.
The first song which really affected you was . . .
‘The Chain’ by Fleetwood Mac. I remember watching a live DVD of them when I was younger and just being hooked as soon as that song started. I just wanted to be Mick Fleetwood on the drums
Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Last year I said My Chemical Romance but looking even further back I had a big think for Shania Twaine. I saw a clip of one of her concerts where she entered the venue on a jet ski.
The one songwriter you will always listen to, even if they disappointed you previously, is?
Jack White. And he has disappointed me. I still get excited.
As songwriters: Lennon-McCartney or Jagger-Richards; kd lang or Katy Perry; Madonna or Michael Jackson; Johnny Cash or Kris Kristofferson?
Lennon-McCartney, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear because they are well crafted are . . .
Arabella - Arctic Monkeys, Elephant - Damien Rice, Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide - David Bowie
Melody first? Words or phrase first? Simultaneous?
It’s generally whatever comes first comes first. I tend to write chronologically though, section by section, so I like to have all the lyrics and music for a section first before I move onto the next one.
The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
Scar Tissue - Anthony Kiedis
If you could co-write with anyone it would be . . .
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
The Golden Echo - Kimbra
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you would be . . .
Seven Nation Army
One line (or couplet) from a song -- yours or someone else's -- which you think is just a stone cold winner is . . .
‘What came first, the chicken or the dickhead?’ - Arctic Monkeys, Pretty Visitors
Songwriting: what's the ratio of inspiration/perspiration?
For me, inspiration gets a song started but perspiration is generally the only think that will finish it. I have to make myself do it all in one go otherwise it just won’t happen. So, probably 30% inspiration, 70% perspiration.
Ever had a song come to you fully-formed like it dropped into your lap?
Those are always the best songs. It almost feels like someone else wrote it, which is always a good thing.
And finally, finish this couplet in any way you like: “Standing at the airport with an empty suitcase at my feet . . .” (You are NOT allowed to rhyme that with “meet” however)
‘Where the hell is my one, with the body wrapped in sheets?”
To see other young musicians in the competition answering this questionnaire go here.