Q1: If you had the opportunity to get a inspiring message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be?
A1: If I had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a large amount of people it would definitely be self-belief, it’s no good having support if you don’t believe in yourself and if no one believes in you then you have to have self belief otherwise it’s a non-starter.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?
A2: I started music when I was young playing trumpet, I didn’t actually pick up a guitar till I was about sixteen and that was when writing my own music started. I think if I weren’t a musician I’d be doing something else creative, maybe writing.
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
A3: The idea that there’s always someone better than you or working harder than you keeps me motivated. I try not to compare myself to other people directly cos I feel it’s not that healthy and can distract you from what you’re doing but I always aim to be the hardest worker in the room and the idea that someone else is working harder motivates me for sure.
Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it?
A4: Probably some of the experiences playing live over the last couple years with various projects are the most memorable, I don’t think anything can really top playing live for me and connecting with an audience.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
A5: I wouldn’t change the past cos I genuinely believe everything happens for a reason and my journeys still in the early stages so I don’t have huge regrets that I think have ruined my career, my careers only just started.
Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
A6: In the next two years I aspire to release an album, tour the UK and abroad, get on some bigger festivals, and collaborate with some bigger artists.
Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
A7: I think so many aspects of my life have influenced me to become a musician. My dad’s a music teacher and me and my mum always sang in the car driving everywhere when I was young, in school I was always in bands. I’ve been surrounded by music growing up, listening and playing. I think it was only a matter of time.
Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write)
A8: There’s so many lyrics that mean so much to me, currently a lyric I can’t shake is the opening lines of Jordan Rakei’s track ‘Eye to eye’ –
“It’s the birth of a star, earlier than sunset
It’s the galaxy’s water, flowing like a river bed”
I just think these two lines and the verse they are a part of are so beautiful and paint such a vivid image. They are the first two lines you hear on his album and it really draws you in.
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
A9: I would love to collaborate with Loyle Carner because his lyrics tell stories and I love that, he has so much depth in his writing. I remember hearing his Yesterday’s Gone Album and was like this guys got it!
Q10: What is most inspiring message you have internalised in life so far?
A10: The most inspiring message I’ve internalized is a hard question cos I think there’s so many things I tell myself in different situations. If I had to pick one, although cliché would be ‘Everything Happens for a reason.’ I think it helps in so many situations, in times of self doubt or when things really go tits up you have to tell yourself, this is meant to happen, some how this is happening to help me in the future even if I can’t see it now.
Q11: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
A11: I would say I strive to just be myself and be real, just in the sense that it’s easy to put up a front to impress someone or have someone perceive you a certain way or like you but if someone doesn’t like you or your music they just don’t so fuck it, it doesn’t matter, you’ll find someone who will. With social media being centred around portraying yourself to always be having a great time, it can get hard sometimes to separate the bullshit from real life. So yeah, I’d say just do you and what makes you happy cos there’s no point wasting your life trying to please someone else.
Q12: What is currently on your playlist?
A12: On my playlist at the moment is a bit of a mix, recently come across some cool but contrasting stuff. So my friend Julian always send me new music and it’s always mad stuff, recently got introduced to Saba, his tracks Calligraphy and Fighting are on there. Some Jordan Rakei and Jorja Smith of course, her track Lifeboats is sick, hear something new everytime. Some Mos def and Outkast and just came across Elli Ingram who’s got a cool vibe and groove. Also so Miles Davis, Kamasi Washington and Thelonius monk cos I love them.
Q13: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
A13: If I had to pick one song for the soundtrack of my life I would struggle, one song couldn’t fit everything, maybe Jazz, not sure I could deal with the same lyrics for every situation. Possibly So what – Miles Davis cos it’s chilled and animated.
Q14: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears
A14: Biggest dreams would be that my music resonates with a huge number of people to the extent where I had a voice and could affect change with my platform. Money isn’t a huge one, I think if you focus on money you’ll never have enough. Biggest fear would probably be going deaf of losing my voice, I can’t imagine not being able to hear music or sing.
Q15: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?
A15: Over the next year I’ve got a few releases, so my single ‘Overreacting’ is being released on 6th of July which I’m excited for, put so much into that recording, and then after that I’m planning to focus more on the live side of things and record my EP. Planning to collaborate with some other artists, which I’m looking forward to.
Q16: What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out there dreams?
A16: My advice for people wanting to live out there dream would be the only person that can stop you is yourself. Take constructive advice but don’t let anyone tell you ‘you can’t do something.’ Even you don’t know what you’re capable of, people surprise themselves all the time so how can anyone else tell you what you’re incapable of. Just believe it’s possible, if you can’t do something now work towards it, there’s always room for improvement but you’ll never get anywhere if you tell yourself you can’t.
Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?
A17: You can find my music on all major streaming platforms, my single ‘Overreacting’ is my most pressing release at the moment so be sure to keep an eye on that for 6th July. You can follow me on Facebook @murpheymusic where I post upcoming stuff or Instagram @murpheyofficial for some behind the scenes kinda stuff. Or if you want to direct stuff from me and some exclusive content here and there sign up to my mailing list via Facebook or my website – www.murpheymusic.com