Why do you live in London?
For me it feels like the best place to be in terms of opportunities to make and engage with music and culture. There is always somewhere new to go and something to do in London. Plus all my stuff is here.

Where do you like to eat and drink?
My favourite London restaurant was Dotori in Finsbury Park, a tiny family run Korean place which has very sadly recently shut. The best contender for favourite restaurant now is Xi’an Impression in Holloway. Drinks wise: Wetherspoons. Or my bedroom with a bottle of wine.

It feels like we’re slowly coming to the end of winter and into Spring, does it feel like these things change the town much? Do you like London in the springtime?
Definitely – the winter weather can make London feel either romantically or oppressively bleak, depending on your (my) mood. Spring is always gorgeous and seeing new natural life blossoming in a heavily built up environment is a glorious thing.

What’s your perfect way to spend a day in London?
Sleeping until late, getting some kind of oversized vegetarian lunch, going round some record shops and then sitting in a park listening to music and basking in the sun until it sets.

Your favourite outdoor space?
Finsbury Park.

If you could live anywhere in London where would it be?
I currently live in Stamford Hill which I do like very much, but I miss the Holloway/Finsbury Park area which was my home for around ten years. It’s the perfect mix of feeling like a distinct, warm community and incorporating a wide variety of different people and it will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first real home in London.

Do you have any favourite venues?
The Lexington is great, also The Scala, where we are headlining on 6th April!

What’s the worst thing about London?
Being in everyone’s way all the time, the cost of rent/living.

Does living here ever influence the music you write?
In terms of the people I’ve met and/or seen here who have influenced me lyrically, yes. In terms of the environment itself, I’m not certain.

How would you advise someone to get the most out of London?
Go on random wanders. Buy a travelcard. Take chances. Get lost in the Barbican. Spend time in green spaces. Remember to drink enough water.

Desperate Journalist – Grow Up
March 24, 2017 – Fierce Panda
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