“I found a guitar in my room and it just made sense really” – Patrick Channon
Before he opened for the third Beautiful Town Music Presents, we caught up with Patrick Channon to discuss his craft as a singer-songwriter.
Q: Who are your musical influences?
Patrick: Anyone who can write a good song really, people like John Mayer. Actually people like Arcelia are an influence are on me. It’s easier seeing people from a grass-roots level.
Q: Did you have a musical upbringing?
Patrick: No, not at all. I found a guitar in the corner of my room and it just made sense really.
Q: How would you describe your musical style?
Patrick: Just a singer-songwriter. I think to be one, you just have to open your diary and just throw it at people and I try to do that in the pop-iest way possible.
Q: What is your writing style?
Patrick: It normally comes from a spark that makes me want to write it but sometimes they can be slow-burners and lead to something. Some of the songs I’m playing tonight took months to write so it really depends.
Q: What do you think of the Canterbury music scene?
Patrick: I think we have one of the best in terms of busking and people coming up through grassroots. It’s nice to see people come through.
Q: What was the inspiration for the song Rolling Pennies?
Patrick: I wrote that song when I went back to Reading where I was born and had an amazing image of the place. When I moved back it was incredibly different to how I remembered it so the song was born out of that.
Q: Do you have any plans for the future?
Patrick: I’m just going to continue gigging and I’m going under a name change to Fitzpatrick so it’s really onwards and upwards as it sort of feels like a fresh start.
Blur or Oasis? Oasis
Stones or Beatles? Beatles
Prince or James Brown? Prince
Dylan or Bruce Springsteen? Springsteen
Johnny Cash or Elvis? Elvis.
Interviewed by Matt Byron