Sean Fisher hails from the industrial heartland of the UK – South Yorkshire, but has relocated to Portsmouth where he is a promising newcomer to the music scene. A singer/songwriter who draws inspiration from the natural world, Sean’s songs are also influenced by his background as an actor. Despite the fact he has only really started performing (as a singer at least) on Portsmouth stages in the last year, we’re mightily impressed with Sean’s work, so we thought we’d catch up for a chat!

Can you remember the first time you wanted to pick up a pen and write your own music, what gave you that urge?
I’ve always wanted to write – regardless of whether that was prose or lyrics. I wrote songs back in primary school but nothing I’d ever want to play to anyone else or have I even kept. I also co-wrote songs with friends that I was in bands with at school, but that was more for “shits and giggles” to quote Austin Powers. But ‘year dot’ for me as the writer I am now is 2001. I bought my first ‘proper’ guitar and it suddenly seemed that it all just poured out of me. What gave me that urge? When I was younger it was simply to be famous or to be rich. For me now it is more for the chance that this happens: “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.” (Hector, The History Boys by Alan Bennett). If I as a writer make this happen to someone who reads or hears my lyrics then I will be a happy man. Money and fame would be nice, too.

Who or what are the influences on your music?
My first influence would be The Beatles for making me want to be a performer in the first place. I’d say that my influences on what I write, what I say and what I do would be Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Josh Ritter.

Where do you see yourself by this time next year?
I’d love to have my current set recorded professionally, but I’d also like to record and play with other musicians and work on some arrangements for my songs. I’d also like to develop as a musician and work my way through some grades.

In the gigs you’ve played so far, which other musicians have you played alongside who have impressed you?
I recently played a set at the Cellars and a band called Porcelain Coins headlined. I thought they were just fantastic. A great live act underpinned by some good musicianship and well-crafted songs.

Lastly, if we were to dust off our trusty time machine, where would you go back to and why?
Probably back to the beginning of the seventies, in Sheffield, just to observe my immediate family history. To watch all the relatives I now know as old or the ones I just barely remember and who are no longer with us as young adults and children.

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