Reading between the bars with Bearsted musician: Fred Clark

Music is all around us, for some it’s a pleasantry that floats in the background, but for others it’s an infatuation that happily takes up almost every waking minute.

 

You don’t need to be obsessed with music to be a musician, but it definitely helps, and in this edition we caught up with self-confessed music lover and professional musician Fred Clark, 30, who has been making a name for himself in the music scene; both locally and further afield.

 

In this behind the scenes with local musician Fred Clark, we speak about his early beginnings, the personal process of writing original music, his inspirations and any advice he would pass onto any upcoming artists.

 

Growing up on the other side of town in Allington, Fred moved to Langley with his wife just over five years ago and you might have spotted him performing locally at The Bell Inn or at the Bearsted & Thurnham Carnival & Fayre, for example.

 

Now, writing is always a personal piece of work, whether it’s a short story or a song, and Fred’s process is as personal as it can be, drawing from his own experiences and memory. “Generally every song starts the same way, I sit down and mess around on the guitar until something sticks and I like it. I then build it up from there and try out tunes that I feel from the chords and words that come from what I am feeling. I find inspiration in just how I feel about stuff, good, bad and everything in between as well,” explains Fred.

“’Complete’ is my favourite song I have written and recorded and embodies happiness, family and enjoying life.

“I am currently working on a new album which should be ready at the end of the year. Last year, I re-mastered all of my previous 6 albums and re-released them with loads of previously unreleased B-Sides.”

 

We all have inspirations and role models that have helped shape us into who we are today, and they play huge parts in what we like and what we don’t like. Speaking about his own inspirations, Fred told us: “Passenger is a massive role model for me in the music industry, Jack Johnson too. They seem really in control of their music and I just love everything they release.

“I think I would want to work with Sam Phillips, he founded Sun Records in America and discovered Elvis, Johnny Cash and loads of other amazing artists.”

 

What is the best advice you’ve been given and would pass on to any budding musicians?

“Best advice I have been given would be that there are no wrong answers in song writing, just let loose and allow the pen to flow on the page.

“I would tell budding musicians to put your own enjoyment above everything, because if you are having fun that comes across in your music”

 

Fred will be releasing a brand-new album later this year so make sure you follow him on Facebook @FredClarkMusicUK, and he will also be performing at The Bell Inn Bearsted on 17th July from 4-6pm.

by Callum Knowles

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