John McCullagh, Doncaster’s highly acclaimed teenage troubadour, has spent the past year making a name for himself as one of the UK’s brightest songwriting talents.
We met the sixteen year-old in Munich for a little Interview.
How’s the tour going so far?
It’s going well, pretty good. This is the last part of it now, so…I’m really looking forward to tonight.
What inspires you most when you’re writing new music?
That depends on how I feel at the time, I guess.
Are there any artists that inspire you?
Yes, quite a few. Bob Dylan’s one, Leonard Cohen, that sort of acoustic artists.
What are your plans for the near future? Are you gonna focus on music or do you plan to study?
Just… do my music, see what it takes. Hopefully I’ll keep doing it for a while.
Since you’re a new artist yourself, have you maybe heard of any other new bands coming through at the moment which you could recommend listening to?
I’m sure there’s many…The Strypes are good, I played with them a few times. They’re a really good band, they seem to be doing well.
Are there any artists you would like to work with?
I don’t know, really. Apart from the obvious like Bob Dylan and stuff, probably Alex Turner, that would be pretty cool.
Have you got a dream venue that you would like to play?
The Royal Albert Hall, would be amazing.
What are your favourite lyrics that have ever been written?
That’s a really tough one. I love this Van Morrison song called ‘Astral Weeks’, it starts with ‘if I ventured in the slipstream between the viaducts of your dream’, that’s definitely one of them. A few Leonard Cohen songs like ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ for example, that’s up there aswell.
Which advice would you give to other young musicians?
Stay in school. (laughs)