Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Nick Stephenson Interview on Drivetime

   Radio Verulam is lucky enough to be situated in St Albans which is a vast melting pot of culture and creativity. Our bohemian exports include a vast number of talented and varied musicians and if you are a patron of the local music scene in St Albans, you would no doubt have heard of local musical guru Nick Stephenson (The front man of the band Nick and The Sun Machine). Lyrically the best way to describe him is cross between David Bowie and a much more upbeat Nick Drake. Vocally he conjures up Richard Thompson, (early) Elton John whilst channeling the late Richie Havens.

Starting from small beginnings, he started writing at the age of 15 and performing at 16 at The Horn's open mic night and since then has come a long way. He went on to release his debut solo album in 2010 "Dream Logic". Nick and the Sun machine are now the four piece band which has been recording and playing together for a year (Although drummer Simon Hadwin has played along side Nick for several years).

  Nick has been surviving as professional musician for 3 years and when he's not carving out his finely tuned alternative folk rock, he's paving the way for other creative individuals at his open mic nights - one being at the Farmers Boy on London Road (on Wednesday evenings at 9.00pm) the other is at The Amble Inn in Harpenden which is on every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

   During the show he gave us acoustic versions of his tracks White Chalk and Acid Rain Clouds from his band's forthcoming album called "Wide Lying Smiles." He went on to cover The Jean Genie by his longtime hero David Bowie.

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