Rising UK soul-pop singer-songwriter is one talented guy – not only does he write and sing his own mellow RnB-infused songs, he’s an in-demand studio producer and lifelong pianist/saxophonist to boot.
With his singles Am I In and Foundation making serious waves on Spotify this year and gaining BBC Introducing support, his funky new single Sugar Lips is his catchiest groove yet. Check it out below –
GigSoup caught up with him for an interview before a busy summer of live sets and studio work…
Tell us all about the new single…
I challenged myself to write and record a track in 2 days. ‘Sugar Lips’ was the result and I couldn’t be happier with how it sounds! I’ve heard some of the music industries most successful writers and producers, such as Timberland and Hans Zimmer, say that there’s a lot to be said for simplicity in music and this really took my interest. Tracks don’t have to be 100 channels deep. This song has drums, bass, finger clicks and vocals and that’s it! I wanted to write a catchy pop song that I could release in time for summer. The writing process couldn’t have been more simple and fun. ‘Sugar Lips’ is about a couple not being able to keep their hands off each other.
Where does your name/moniker come from? Is there a story behind it?
I’ll be honest, I wanted to come up with something that sounded cool, like most artists do. I think the word ‘Link’ struck me because I like combining styles and genres within my music. I don’t want to be categorised as an artist that can only do one genre. As well as being an artist, I like to write and produce for others too so I’m always gaining new inspiration.
I can hear a mix of sounds in your songs – who are you top 5 biggest influences, musically?
If I had to say which five artists inspire my music the most I’d have to say Khalid, James Morrison, Tom Misch, Lauryn Hill, and Michael Jackson. There are so many more I could mention though.
Give us an insider’s take on the Yorkshire scene – where should we be drinking, eating, seeing bands etc?
I feel like you can’t go wrong with Leeds. Most music venues are great drinking and eating spots too! I’m a big fan of The Wardrobe, Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House. They do great good and drink and i’ve supported some amazing artists there in the past including Aquilo and The Japanese House.
What’s next for you in 2019?
More music, more music and much more music! I’ve been doing loads of writing and production with other exciting artists and producers. Hey I’ve done some cool RnB/Dance collabs which I can’t wait for people to hear, then of course my own solo original material! I’m sat on so much good music right now I can’t wait to share it all with you!