Music and art are huge parts of my life, both personally and professionally, I’ve been both an artist and musician since I left Glasgow School of Art in 1984.

As a painter or musician, you work in isolation a lot of the time, so I’m looking forward to exhibiting my paintings in London, Singapore, and New York and on the music front playing some shows to promote the new Interlopers album.

Lockdown meant that I didn’t have deadlines to meet because most exhibitions were cancelled so that fear of timelines was lifted, it was quite freeing and meant I could flit between music and art. I started going over tracks that I’d been recording, and I decided to pick between about 50 songs I had in development.

The new record started life as my third solo album, but I decided it would be more interesting to treat it as a project rather than the time old singer/songwriter tag.

The name Interlopers comes from a painting which I had created for a collector in New York. I also felt it described the way I felt about myself as something of an outsider both in the art and music world.

I think it’s certainly one of the best records I’ve made, I feel my singing has evolved and sounds better that ever which is maybe also an age thing.

The musicians on Interlopers, Stuart McCredie, Ross McFarlane, and Adrian Barry, have also created an incredible sound. It was nice to have a label like Chrysalis put the record out, I felt vindicated in recording it after not releasing a record for 14 years.

The recent gigs with Deacon Blue were the first time I’ve played live since 2013, when The Big Dish reformed for a select few shows. In time, we hope to take this new album out on the road because we’re all enjoying playing together and it’s sounding great.

Writing a good song is a great feeling, like completing a painting that you’re happy with. It’s kind of similar in the sense that you have to create a concept, a title and then arrange the composition of the piece.

I guess creating music is more fun than painting because of the very nature of it, art can certainly move you but not in the way that a song can make you dance as well as trigger an emotional reaction in you.

The Interlopers new single, Rainbow’s End is currently out, with the new album being released, 27 May on CD, Vinyl LP and available to download/stream. For more information, head to:

Interlopersmusic.com or #interlopersmusic on Instagram

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