Music Q&A:
John Smith

The singer and guitarist is currently touring his album Headlong. He makes a pit stop at Manchester Folk Festival,
19 Oct

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Honestly, if I’m awake, I try and take it all in. I think a person has to keep their eyes and ears open if they want to write.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
Playing gigs has informed my progression more than anything. I know myself much better through performing, what I’m capable of, what I can’t do.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’m on a three-month European tour.

What’s on your rider?
Salty snacks, coffee, decent wine. Performing is draining so I need a little kick when I come off. Glass of red and a twix.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.

I walked into a dressing room in New York and Jackson Browne was doing the ironing.

What song do you wish you’d written?
I don’t, honestly. If I’d written Beeswing by Richard Thompson I’d be ready to retire. Got to have something to strive for.

What’s your worst lyric?
You tell me!

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