PRICK & DING #11:STICKBOY

Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!

This Week: STICKBOY

Stickboy is Macclesfield-based multi instrumentalist composer/songwriter Craig Edmondson. He has selfreleased three albums and a handful of EPs which have all sold out and are now highly sought-after.

I was knocking about on Soundcloud the other day (as you do – coffee in the morning, a little music to help it down) and discovered for myself a brilliantly talented composer/songwriter called Stickboy.

I say “discovered” but it was actually rediscovered – as I used to follow and swap war stories with Stickboy (more like him giving me artist tips and pearls of wisdom amongst some mutual swapping of pleasantries) back in the halcyon days of MySpace (remember them?). I thought he was great then, with wonderful left-of-centre songs and a great understated voice. What was not to like?

Well I tell you what: this guy has got even better and it was a true thrill to find him again. Since those glory days he has continued to grow as an artist – and in my book he is showing the confident, assured presence of one of finest singer/songwriters in these fair isles. Yes, he’s that good.

Currently writing & recording songs for the next album this is one prolific artist!

The birds (it’s not the end)

Stickboy feels like the secret that everyone is whispering about. So what is it that makes me want to interview him for Prick & Ding and recommend his music to you?

Its the beauty and heartfelt loveliness in his voice, in his words, in his choice of notes and in his songs. It’s the way he tells us his truth without having to always wrap it in a massive Gothic-church-style reverb. It feels honest, it feels real, it feels like home – and that’s why I like Stickboy.

You want some of that? Well go get it, lovely people – on  Soundcloud, iTunes, TwitterFacebook and MySpace.

1. What are you up to at the moment?
I am in the middle of writing a new album. I started writing a few quiet, very personal songs and was going to call the album “library songs” but as the writing process goes on I seem to have also written a few not so quiet songs so the album title may change. I’m just writing and recording them as I go and posting them up on my soundcloud page. Once I have written too many songs then I will whittle them down and get them out there. I am in two minds about a CD release, whilst I personally prefer to have something physical I am not sure if that many people are still bothered about it. My last collection of songs I put out was itunes only and did ok. Having said that my last CD release did sell out, so who knows?

2. Favourite childhood memory?
I try not to dwell too much on the past. Remembering times of childish innocence just makes me long for that time again, when things were simple and your mum made your tea. I am sure there are many good memories, playing computer games….and footy in the park until the ice cream man came.

3. Hero?
The people I look up to are the musicans with persistence, the ones that keep going because they still have something to say. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, the greats. Modern people also, the Ron Sexsmiths of this world who go by unnoticed with little recognition but still write great album after great album.

4.Villain?
Lars Ulrich, the dwarf drummer from Metallica. He is a good villain,

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Comedy, everyday life, people getting uptight about things that don’t even matter, people falling over. Laughter is a great gift and people who can’t laugh at themselves is a sorry waste. Without laughter I can not imagine how dull this world would be.

6. Describe what you do?
I write songs. Lots of songs. I try and write one a week at the very least. I write songs about people, feelings and sometimes just odd songs that appear to have no meaning on the surface but need to be worked out. I play lots of instruments simple to make them sound less simple. I spend my days convincing myself and others that I can write ok songs.

7. Whose hair would you like to have for just one day?
Rapunzel – If I am going to borrow someone’s hair I may as well go in the record books for having the longest hair. I would let monkeys climb up it.

8. Best musical experience to date
Cats at the opera house…. oh you don’t mean that (I haven’t seen Cats by the way). Playing my first gig in Manchester to a sold out Bierkeller. I had never been on stage in my life and it was very scary but I had some how drummed up some hype of sorts so many people showed up. I have never been so pleased and terrified at the same time before.

9. What artist inspires you?
This goes back to my “hero” question (unless you meant superhero? that would have been Batman). I am inspired by anyone that is writing great songs. I don’t care if they are big acts or not. Soundcloud is full of people like myself, just putting their stuff out there. I am always discovering amazing talent on there. When I hear other great songs it makes me want to write better.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
It’s one of the only platforms left for amazing exposure for upcoming artists. It’s a place to discover and a place to be discovered.

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom's legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music - having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...

1 Comments

  1. woodmanstone

    Great songs – been listening to library songs while getting lost on this site which I find impossible to navigate.
    Great to hear about your work ethic – there’s nothing like the moment something new comes into the world and you’re responsible!
    I understand the longing for simple times – I think a lot of your music evokes that feeling even if you’re trying to avoid it. Lovely stuff – just got to What a bunch of aerosols. Brilliant. Thanks. Seriously good songs, very accessible musically and lyrically perfectly judged…

    (not talking to Johnno as he only appears to like my introductions ;-)

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