So far the new year has been really exciting. After a really busy year stepping into the music industry as an artist, playing a load of shows on the south coast and releasing my debut EP, Raising Questions, it was time for the next adventure.
I was playing a gig in Cheltenham when I got talking to someone on the bar. They suggested that if I wanted to progress my music, I needed to move to a centre of music. They said “what about Bristol?” So we did it. We made the move to Bristol in search of new opportunities and adventures.
You can imagine that for a Country-Bumpkin based in Sunny Swanage in Dorset…City life has been a bit of a shock. You get the amazing things. There’s music on literally every night of the week at some awesome venues. I’m living near ‘The Gloucester Road’ Which is renowned for it’s ‘open mic nights.’ I can literally hop on a bus and be in a venue within ten minutes, this is very different from the one hour thirty minute round trip I experienced before.
The Community in Bristol is amazing. People say that the city has the highest ‘musician per head’ figures in the country. I’m not sure that this is a true statement but what I can say is that there are a lot of great people involved in the music industry.
As I said before the music is great. One minute you can be listening to a Jazz band on a Sunday night at ‘The Stable,’ the next minute you could be shouting along to an indie funk band at the ‘Blue Lagoon.’ Open mic nights at the ‘Left Bank’ are fun as well. You meet so many people passionate about music at these kind of nights.
I’ve had some awesome experiences from my time in Dorset. I will certainly miss playing to the home crowds there and hanging out with some talented musicians.
What I’ve learnt so far is that being a musician in the big city is exhilarating, fast paced, a real roller-coaster ride. There have been ups and downs in the past few weeks but one things certain. I think I’m Gonna Be just fine!!! 😀