Soulful Gritty Pop: Meet independent UK singer-songwriter, Passmore

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

It was the only platform were I felt that I could truly become myself and express exactly how I feel. Growing up and seeing so many amazing artists, making massive changes and differences inspired me a lot. It called to me and made me who I am today – Music is my escape!

Who are your biggest musical influences?

This list could be endless but my ultimate musical influence has to be Freddie Mercury – he was not afraid to break boundaries and innovate musically, he in my opinion is the ultimate god of music!

As a teenager I was also massively influenced by Amy Winehouse and James Morrison, both soulful singers with lyrics that connected deeply with me and showed me exactly what type of artist I want to be.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

When I have bad days or when times are hard I get in my car and drive to an isolated place and write, listen and even sing as much as I can. I remind myself that in times like this, on my worst day ever that there is someone out there having their best day. I look at how music has changed and helped my life so far, and it keeps me moving and focused on what I want to do.

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

I have had a couple of moments;

The first was when I appeared on ‘Let It Shine’ on the BBC with Gary Barlow. My audition aired to millions of people and the reaction I got from the judges and the public was absolutely phenomenal. Whilst on the show I got to sing with Mel C which was an amazing opportunity.

The second was in December 2018. I earned myself a place at the TOURMUSICFEST ‘The European Music Contest’ in Rome.

I won my category, being one of the only artists from the UK to take home that title.

It was such a big event and night and was super proud and buzzing my own song and performance earned me that title.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

I would have to say my most meaningful song to date has to be ‘Four Walls’. I wrote this song about a breakup but from a different point of view. In my opinion most breakup songs are one sided and are usually about how the writers heart was broken. I wrote it from the perspective of me being the one who called it off.

‘Four Walls’ represented my relationship ending and how I had to break the heart of someone I really loved and cared about. I had to do it because the relationship in my opinion had become toxic and volatile. The basic theme throughout the song is “I know I should be sorry, but I did it to help us not ruin each other to the point of no return.”

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

The best advice I could give someone who wanted to pursue this career is,

  1. Listen to advice
  2. Find your sound and voice
  3. Don’t be afraid to mess up
  4. Don’t stop when it feels like nothing is happening, keep it moving and focus
  5. Be better not bitter, I wasted a few years of my life focusing on other people’s careers I held myself back from so many opportunities
  6. Love what you do!

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

BBC Introducing are currently playing a few of my tracks and I have some big gigs and events happening this year. I am also aiming to have my first full album / record finished and ready for release by Autumn 2019, which I’m excited about.

Anything else you would like to add?

All 3 songs featured in this interview are out now and available from all major digital platforms – Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music to name just a few.

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