Ever wondered what music your favourite band listens to? What songs inspire the best songwriters?
In this feature, we’ll speak to some of HOT VOX’s favourite new artists on the gigging scene and find out what songs shaped them to be the musicians and artists they are today and what’s on their Spotify Playlist.
Today’s playlist is curated by Lochlan Shaw
Lochlan Shaw is a singer-songwriter and composer from North Yorkshire. He recently graduated from BIMM London. Lochlan is recording his debut songwriting release at The Cargo Rooms with Hot Vox. He is also planning to officially release his debut contemporary piano album on stores shortly after. Lochlan has had airtime on BBC Introducing in North Yorkshire.
He has also achieved commended entries in The UK Songwriting Competition, and one highly commended entry. Lochlan has performed around the UK, including at BBC Introducing Live, London, at the end of 2019. Lochlan is looking forward to his debut release in partnership with Hot Vox, and is looking forward to seeing what the future holds.
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Who is Lochlan Shaw?
My name is Lochlan Shaw, and I am a singer-songwriter and composer originally from North Yorkshire. I graduated from BIMM London last summer, and I have been planning my first official EP release since. I am looking forward to working with Hot Vox and the Cargo Rooms to record my official debut release.
Describe your act in a few sentences
As a songwriter, my style could best be described as acoustic/indie with a touch of folk. As a composer, I am heavily influenced by Ludovico Einaudi. I will be performing an acoustic singer-songwriter set with Hot Vox.
Song from the first album you ever bought/listened to:
Dream Catch Me- Newton Faulkner (Hand Built by Robots- 2007)
The first album I ever bought was Hand Built By Robots by Newton Faulkner in 2007. I was about 10 years old. I remember playing Dream Catch Me over and over, and I was so obsessed with it that I played it on my CD player, got an air guitar, and brought members of my family up to my room for an air guitar performance of the song, as I wished that I had written it, even though I didn’t actually play guitar at that point!
A song you wish you had written:
If you had asked the 10-year-old me that question, then you would have been told Dream Catch Me by Newton Faulkner as I just talked about previously. However, my music taste has changed a bit since then, so now I would give a different answer.
There are plenty of songs that I wish I had written. In fact, every time I listen to a song and really love it, I wish that I had written it.
To give a definitive answer though, I’d probably say Me by The 1975. This is one of my favourite songs. I love the lyrics, the synths, and how the song progresses. It’s very dreamy, emotive, and always gets me in the zone.
A song that inspires you?
A song that inspires me is Midnight by Coldplay. I find it very energising and thought provoking. It always takes my imagination some place else, and makes me forget about the real world for a while.
Last song you purchased?
I honestly don’t really remember the last song I purchased! I have been listening to Spotify for so many years now, that this is how I tend to consume music these days. If I had to take a guess, it was probably a Queen album, as I was a big fan of them growing up.
A song that makes you feel nostalgic?
There are a few of these, but Champagne Supernova by Oasis stands out. I remember going to a festival a few years back with all my friends, and this song was being played all weekend. I had a really good time, so this song reminds me of that, and always makes me smile.
Your favourite sing along song in the shower?
Again, I have a few of these! A song that I quite like singing is a song called Light Home by Matt Corby. It’s quite fun vocally, so I’d have to nominate that for my shower-singing song.
A song that confirmed your love for music?
The first song that I ever learnt on guitar was Free Falling by Tom Petty. I learnt it in my first guitar lesson when I was about 15, and I rushed home and played it until my fingers bled. I learnt the version performed by John Mayer, and Mayer is someone that has greatly influenced my songwriting style, so this is the song that really confirmed my love for music.
A song you put on when getting ready for a big night out?
Robbers by The 1975. I find a lot of The 1975’s earlier stuff to be quite youthful and energising. Robbers is a great song with a great riff, so this is one of the songs I put on when getting ready to go out.
A song you put on repeat when you’ve had your heart broken:
Again, there are a few of these. I’d go for something sad in the first instance, like Jealous by Labrinth. This is such a great song both lyrically and musically, and I think a lot of people listen to it for heartbreak reasons!
Your worst guilty pleasure song:
I don’t know, I’m quite open about all the music that I listen to. If I had to think of one, maybe it would be New York by Taylor Swift. Taylor has some cool stuff, though I may be somewhat reluctant to admit it to people!