PRICK AND DING #74:GIBSON BULL

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:GIBSON BULL

Gibson Bull is a singer/songwriter from London.

I really enjoyed his song Skin & Bones the moment it dropped into our dropbox and you loved it up big time,voting it into our Fresh Faves in the summer (you do remember the summer don’t you?).FOTN’s Mar said “This song is as sweet as a little master piece.” I find that you get the most from Gibson’s music if you give the songs a little time to spike your attention,to breathe,to win you over until you find them lodged in your heart for many days to come.He is very kindly offering a FREE Download of Skin & Bones atm


He mixes less is more reflective & heartfelt lyrics & melody with atmospheric electronica & beats,all of which he liberally dusts with a golden voice that was made to melt a nations hearts.I bet people will find him mesmerising when he plays live & you get up close and personal.

Here’s a recent live performance with The Crypt Sessions of his song ‘I Won’t Wait’.

Now we all know that these days there are more male & female singer/songwriters roaming up & down the country than there are squirrels BUT when they do their job well they still have the ability to instantly connect to you in a way that very few others can(including Squirrels)-Gibson has that ability.
Because I listen to so much new music for me it firstly comes down to tone of voice in acoustic based music-something inside tells you instantly whether you let them in to your world & whether you connect with what they are doing.
Once they are in,there are numerous factors that define whether they are allowed to stay in your life such as melody,rhythm ,performance,song delivery,dynamic,lyrics,excitement/relaxation/mood shifting,uniqueness,emotional connection,difference – & for me it can often be difference that arrives from the leftfield-though sadly,I cannot draw you a map to the leftfield dear readers,only fully paid up members of the Leftfield Operators Society & Trust (L.O.S.T) receive the map on joining-and membership is extremely rare & very expensive (cheques of large monetary value should be made payable to Johnno Casson,Fresh On The net blah blah).

Anyway,I digress,give Gibson Bull your ears & just see what happens & let us know.

This is Prick and Ding 74 and this is Gibson Bull

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1.What are you up to at the moment?
I have been working hard on the release of my debut EP Skin and Bones which will be available on i-tunes very soon. I’ve been making a music video as part of the release, recorded some great live sessions with Amazing Radio, and have been filming with The Crypt Sessions too. It will all be going up on my Facebook page over the next few weeks.

2.Favourite childhood memory?
My Mum use to hang lots of hats on the wall. I would shoot them down with plastic bows and arrows. I remember thinking that was a huge amount of fun.

3.Hero?
I think the songwriter John Prine. For someone held in such high regard by songwriters everywhere he is remarkably understated. His songs are beautiful too.

4.Villain?
Gary Barlow winds me up a bit. I’m not sure he’s a villain though?

5.What/who makes you laugh?
I laugh pretty easily. I once woke myself up laughing which was an odd experience.

6.Describe what you do?
I work with the producer Adam Morley at The Work Shop Studios. We write songs on an acoustic guitar and then build strange soundscapes around them using rare samples and sounds. On the EP you can a welsh choir, some very old bells, analogue synth, and an orchestra amongst other things.

7.Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
It would be good to have an afro for a day.

8.Best musical experience to date?
I supported Ronnie Wood at The Hammersmith Apollo a while back. That was pretty great.

9.What artist inspires you?
I’m enjoying a lot of trip-hop influences at the moment which is feeding into my songs quite heavily. You know the big ones like Portishead and Massive Attack. I’m getting in to hip-hop a bit too for the sampling. My first love was early Americana – people like Cisco Huston and Leadbelly.

10.What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
Fresh On The Net is a very honest and open community that really enjoys talking about emerging music. It really is a great place for new artists to come and try out their stuff.

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

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