Sam Brookes: When Ray Davies dubs you, at only 24 years old, “absolutely amazing” you should know you’re onto a good thing. For Sam Brookes who first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 in the workshop where his father renovated old guitars; listening to the likes of Bert Jansch, John Martyn and Nick Drake it was evident a career in music was on the cards. In fact back when he was 18 years old his pop-rock outfit The Volt made appearances at Glastonbury and Brighton’s Great Escape, though Brookes soon traded this in for a return to the capital and a return to a rootsier calling.
Having recently been supporting Newton Faulkner on his UK tour, the artist is drawing favourable comparisons with the likes of Jeff Buckley and John Martyn for his songs, which are grounded in folk-pop elements and driven by acoustic guitar.
Daisy Allen: Well, I'm a 16 year old singer-songwriter from East Yorkshire, I've been performing at local gigs ever since I was little, and music has always been a real passion of mine. I released my first self-produced EP earlier this year as a fundraising project, which has led to being invited for an interview on BBC Radio Humberside where I'll be doing a live session in January. I'm currently working on new material to hopefully release my first album within the next couple of years. Musical influences include Amy Winehouse, KT Tunstall, Paolo Nutini, Lianne la Havas.