Indie talent Sharam Gill has a sound that you are sure to love reminiscent of the golden days of pop-rock classics. Based out of the UK and originally signed to Red Kite Records, Gil now puts out music via his own label. He has performed all throughout the UK and Europe, USA, and India! Sharam has released a new album titled 'The Cautionary Tale of Cox McQueen.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
As a kid we used to still have jukeboxes in cafes. I can vividly remember walking over to one clutching a coin. It was only a short distance but somehow it lasted an age and in that magical standing-still time I saw I was going to spend my life making music.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest was my first open-mike experience. It was in Boulder, USA. I did a couple of songs and then somebody told me someone had left me a 5 dollar tip. It seemed CRAZY to me that someone had enjoyed my stuff. And left money! I would've loved to see who it was. But I had been lost in the magic of my first time singing in public.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I was signed to do a CD by Red Kite Records, based in Wales, UK. An American reviewer predicted international stardom. That hasn't quite come yet, but my new CD, The Cautionary Tale of Cox McQueen is getting a lot of interest. So fingers crossed for new highpoint.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It varies. But often I've had my mind on some incident or person and then noodling on my guitar with chord progressions brings out a song. Sometimes it can take quite a while. But I've had songs that have just materialised. Beamed up to me by some 'Scotty' kind of character.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I would ask industry types to let artists develop. The way it used to work before. Give up on the overnight one-hit-wonders and allow real music to grow.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
David Bowie - he was a glittering god.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Work hard. Play the songs over and over again.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
On my new CD, I had to come up with 13 songs. After writing the first 8 it got frightening. Would I be able to write the rest? So far the songs were really good. Could I keep it up? I did panic a bit. But I hung in there and came up with rest. The last was, Something Queer, which is also the last song on the CD. It wasn't hard writing it, but keeping going to that point was hard.
What's coming up in the future?
Touring the album. It features lots of musicians and I need to rehearse a band to do it live.
Tell us where fans can access your music?