This year at Underground Festival we have a bunch of great, local talent ready to take to the stage across the weekend.
We wanted to give you a little insight before the festival begins so you know who to look out for and what they’re about.
First up, we chatted to Sean Walker, 22, based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. He’s been on the music scene for a while and recently released his single ‘Let Down’.
How did you get into music?
I got into music at an early age; my dad was listening to a lot of Marvin Gaye, The Eagles & Fleetwood Mac growing up, so they were always playing in the house, which helped to influence the way I write. Whereas my mum was listening to a lot of The Specials and The Clash, which helped to inform the type of attitude I wanted to get across in my music as well.
Can you give us a bit of background to your music and how you got to where you are now?
I was in quite a few bands when I was younger, and actually had played Underground previously in 2 separate bands but then as time went on and I got more interested in music production I started to write more for myself; writing and arranging it all myself, putting it together online and I haven’t really stopped since to be honest.
Who would you compare yourself to musically wise?
I try not to compare myself so much, but if I had to I’d hope I would be compared to someone like Anderson Paak. I love the way he blends a load of genres together to make his own identity with them.
Who are your biggest influences when it comes to music?
My biggest influences has to be Marvin Gaye, Prince, Michael Jackson, Frank Ocean & The Weeknd
Where do you hope to be in ten years’ time?
In ten years time I hope to be in a Versace robe living my best life in my Gucci mansion xo
What’s your favourite song?
One of my favourite songs of all time is Mercy Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye. I love how it’s all about the groove with that tune and also has a strong message behind it, that’s the epitome of what I want to do with my music.
Do you have any pre-gig rituals that you have to follow?
I don’t really have any specific pre-gig rituals; I think I would probably turn into a diva if I had one.
Prince, I don’t know what it is about him but I just love the fact he didn’t care what people thought of him and wore what he want, when he wanted.
Which three artists do you love at the moment?
Currently I’ve been listening to Travis Scott’s new album a lot. Also been listening too The 1975’s new single Love it If We Made It & The Strokes.
Who are you looking forward to most at Underground festival this year?
I’m really looking forward to seeing Our Girl, I’m quite a big fan of theirs and love their vibe. Also looking forward to seeing my mate Jamie’s band Hot Beige and also Fangclub are pretty good, so I’m looking forward to all of that.
You can watch Sean perform at Underground Festival on the Cinema Stage on Saturday 29th Sept 6:30pm.
Fri 28th Sept - Sun 30th Sept
Day tickets: £12
Weekend tickets: £25
Photo by George Mayhew