Rachel caught up with Andy Davidson from solo project Feed your Wolves…
Please introduce yourselves to our readers, who you are and how you formed?
My name is Andy Davidson and Feed Your Wolves is the name of my independent solo project. Created in April 2019, I wanted to create something from scratch that was just me. To design the artwork, website, write the songs, record the songs, etc… Music has always been my passion and I got to the point after being in several bands that I wanted to be in control of every aspect of it.
What style of music would you describe yourself as and what influences do you draw upon?
I’d say Rock/Pop/Alternative. With a mixture of influences from Bon Iver to Coldplay, Kings of Leon to Taking Back Sunday. I love music that makes you feel different, that is part of memories, music that takes you away from this work for a few minutes. Artists such as Phil Collins, Bryan Adams also have this as I grew up listening to them. Incorporate this with personal lyrics expressing feelings of loss and sorrow and you get to where I am now. Despite the lyrics being quite deep, I didn’t want the music to reflect this. I wanted the music to be upbeat and catchy. The solid exterior with the heart buried underneath it all.
How have things been for you over the lockdown/tier fiasco? What has been the most challenging?
As a full time musician, lockdown caused everything to change. No job, no income, and a sudden feeling of no purpose. It hit me quite hard at first and it’s still with me now. However with this time I wrote my latest EP titled ‘Hurricane’ which was released in December 2020.
What are your feelings about the current situation and its impact on live music and venues?
I find it quite amazing that in this day and age, something so simple can literally turn the world upside down. The wedding and hospitality sectors have been demolished and all of a sudden hugging your friends and family has become a weapon. A very odd time, but if that’s what it takes to be safe then so be it. I am feeling very optimistic about things now, staying positive and working towards moving forward.
Do you think there has been enough help for the industry throughout the crisis?
For me personally, not so much but I can’t complain. I’ve had plenty of support from friends and family. It’s a pandemic, there will always be casualties. People who have been greatly affected, and people who haven’t really been impacted. It can’t be helped, we are all living in the same world but now more than ever do I realise the importance of support each other.
2020 has been understandably riddled with a lot of negativity, what was some positives for you in 2020?
The biggest positive for me, I got to spend a lot of time with my son who usually lives with his mother. As she is a key worker I have had him living with me throughout the pandemic and I couldn’t be happier. It’s funny how your child can just change everything. I am very grateful I have my boy and grateful of the great relationship I have maintained with his mother.
Tell me about your most recent release or upcoming single/album…
*SPOILER ALERT* I am currently working on a brand new track titled ‘Yours’. Following the theme of loss, this song is again from the soul reiterating the lyrics… I want to be yours. This may release as only my second released single since I started. It may go down as part of an EP. A little undecided at the moment but the important thing is I am making more music and moving forward.
What’s the best venue you’ve played so far and what’s would be your dream venue to play after Covid-19?
I have played some amazing stages including the Royal Albert Hall, Paris open air and the O2 academy’s but never played a single gig with the Feed Your Wolves Project. However I am hoping this will all change as soon as lockdown eases and restrictions lift so stay tuned…
Favourite festival you’ve played or want to play and why?
I would love to play Glastonbury just because of what it represents. It’s such an iconic festival with a stage home to so many amazing artists. Watching the festival on TV just relights that fire and determination to eventually have that opportunity.
What tune should readers listen to right now of yours that sums you up the best?
That’s a tough one, from my latest EP I have lots of great feedback from the track ‘Stars’, but also a few from the album to mention, ‘Let’s Start Over, I’m not The Same, i wanna be more.’ …but hey, try them all on for size and see if any fit you.
What can we look forward to from you in 2021?
2021 will see more new music, more interviews and reviews, new merch, and hopefully, the first of my live shows. I keep my website updated so be sure to check in on the news section from time to time not to mention my socials.