Creative, Inactive and inspirational . I had the pleasure to see Angus Munro perform at the Wide Days event at Pleasence theatre left the scene of the crowd ending on a buzz.
The Glasgow piano, song writer who was born in London and raised in Crieff, Scotland, combines his love of music and wording which he takes you on a journey of a musical feel adventure.
His touching lyrics which feel so connecting and the embracing outfit, which demonstrates a unique and quirky cartoon feel with the use of colours and accessories bow tie. This awesome photo of him modelling the outfit was taken by the talented Jannica Honey Photography .
Each of his (folk, instrumental, alternative, indie) songs with influences that include Scott Walker, Ron Sexsmith and Ben Folds, you can hear his happiness, strength and pain which follows you to the next chapter. Having had many years working his words and creativity to a forward facing and jaw-dropping beat, makes you feel his story and connect with every note.
Having had a whirlwind of an adventure around the country he has been asked to support a number of acts including The Hoosiers, The Milk, The Rumble Strips on their Scottish dates and will be sharing the stage by supporting Scouting For Girls when they come up to Edinburgh in September! Exciting!!!!
Angus Munro's current tracks include the EP of "Shooting First" and "H.M" which have an upbeat and catchy tune that wont leave your head. With the use of instruments from drums to vocal carrying tunes, his music brings such a lively and positive atmosphere.
The note gripping vocals and jumping beats makes this song an extremely memorable and lively tunes.
Having heard jumpy and upper beat songs Angus Munro also demonstrates a huge range of more heart holding and heavy hearted tunes including "Marlene" and "Eureka".
Meeting Angus was awesome. That unique accent, sly smile and awesome bow tie fitting well with his nicely trimmed outfit. Even though Angus was extremely busy, I was able to get in contact with him for a (As they say here in Scotland Weeee) Interview! So I shall let you read it yourself from the next big things words!
Angus, you have been so busy and your sense of style is unique and driven. Who was your inspiration to your music?
Quite a few but as a kid I had four artists I looked up to: Frank Sinatra, Sting, Ben Folds and Harry Connick Jr.
You have had so many views and hits with your piano playing. What instruments do you play?
Piano, Alto Saxophone, Voice, Ukelele (but it’s really bad, seriously - stay away.)
Did you have many singing lessons/Training at all?
I had singing lessons from school through to university, mainly focusing on breathing and tone. My vocal range was “trained” by accident though - I used to perform hand puppets for my little sister for hours and they would all sound like they were jacked up on helium.
What was the most difficult thing to do when coming to writing your music?
Definitely overcoming plagiarism; I used to call out songs on the radio that sounded like others and applied it to my own work. Took a while to get over that one.
What about moments, what's the funniest thing that has ever happened on stage?
I remember enthusiastically blowing up balloons to cover a whole venue for my last pop band’s gig. They kept randomly exploding throughout the show scaring the whole crowd into tears - a career highlight, definitely.
You must have some favourite singer/song?
There are so many! Scott Walker is definitely one to talk about though; his control, vibrato, everything about his style is flawless. I’ll listen to him and think “ Well, I tried…”.
Might sound like such an interview question, but where would you like to be in 5 years time?
I work full time as a session musician and earn a living through it, but to keep afloat with just my own material - that would be amazing.
For the fashion followers loving your bow tie. That seems to be a little trademark! How would you describe your fashion/style?
I try not to think too hard about what I wear but I like a lot of colours. Definitely quirky though, I looked at some of my old teddy bears from when I was a kid when I went home last month - I envy their style.
Do you have something you do/wear? Something that is your unique symbol?
Corduroy trousers and a good bow tie although it’s hard to find a good tie-able knitted bow tie out there (let me know if you find one btw.)
Having slightly touched up on this earlier but, What/who is your biggest motivational musical inspiration?
Randy Newman; in my opinion he’s the greatest songwriter to have ever lived.
If you could play in any band, what band would it be and why?
I play alto sax in a funk outfit called GLAMOUR AND THE BAYBES made up of some of the best session musicians in the country; the songs are a real challenge but once you’ve got them under your fingers, they’re phenomenal fun to play.
What project are you working on now?
I’m still promoting “Shooting First - EP” around the country and I’m about to start work on it’s follow up…
Know any good jokes?
A baby seal walks into a club.
What was the last show you saw? (Musical/Concert?)
I saw Tuff Love at The Electric Circus and got hit with a huge wave of 90’s shoegaze nostalgia - great band!
Have you anything exciting coming up that you are excited to share with your fans?
I’ll be recording an album at the end of the year and will hopefully release it Spring 2015 - strings, horns and an all girl backing group: it’s going to be something special.
That is most definitely something to look out for! When was the first time you performed on stage? (Where and what was it?)
I was in 3rd year at school, I think, and I wanted to sing “You Make Me Feel So Young” with the school’s big band; everybody thought I was going to mess it up (including me)!
Another little random question but favourite place to eat? Why?
The Hanoi Bike Shop - an amazing Vietnamese restaurant off Byre’s Rd, Glasgow - my friend recently described eating there akin to “having a circus inside your mouth”.
Any words of wisdom for people wanting to follow the same footsteps as you?
Failure is the most important tool you’ll be given so be sure to make good use of it.
Be sure to check out the next concert at The Phoenix in Inverness on Thursday 5th June at 11pm as part of the go North festival! Super worth seeing!
With Loving the tracks you can download them as well as seeing more of Angus check out his site for more info and updates, You can also check him out on Twitter @angusmunwhoa, See the moves of his creative travels and vocals
and you can buy "Shooting First - EP" at Bandcamp, on itunes and Spotify. ><