If you've ever visited The Edwards Shop there is a high chance you've spoken with Spencer Scott. Softly spoken and very polite, Spencer knows how to write a great song and how to sing it.
In celebration of our local song competition, Tip Jar, this month our collaboration event with Love+Rent is happening Sunday September 24th and it was only fitting to have Mr Scott on the bill.
Spencer, tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hey! My name is Spencer Scott, I am a singer/songwriter from Newy – and I’ve been playing live for around 6 years now. I also play bass in a band called Paper Thin that formed last year. Recently I have been learning how to play Dungeons & Dragons.
How do you approach songwriting?
Admittedly I am not a fantastic guitarist, so I tend to focus on the lyrics a lot in my songs. I just start with a basic chord progression and find a melody that works. Lyrically, I try to be succinct – I think the songs I like the most say a lot with a little.
Can you describe your musical style?
I’m not too sure, but I usually just say “Folk Punk”. I grew up listening to and playing in punk bands, which informed a lot of my music and ethos. I think it sounds less and less punk as I go on though.
Who are your biggest influences?
Frank Turner and Wil Wagner were massive influences on me when I was first starting out – both of them really laid out a path that I could walk between Punk and Folk music that felt natural to me. More recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of Evan Weiss, Sean Bonnette, and Jason Isbell. Also, Bruce Springsteen forever.
Where do you find your musical inspiration comes from?
The 100 bus provides ample opportunities to sit and think, although I should get better at actually writing down the lyrics I come up with. Also, watching friend's step up to the plate and deliver amazing performances and songs makes me want to do the same.
Which song do you most wish you wrote?
“Plea From A Cat Named Virtute” by The Weakerthans. This song is near perfect both in it’s construction and delivery. For my money, John K Samson is one of the all-time great songwriters. His ability to zoom in to situations on the most micro level, while giving them grand importance is always enviable. His three songs about Virtute The Cat are all phenomenal in their own way.
There is a show coming up?
I’m playing the Tip Jar Songwriting Showcase at The Cambridge Hotel on Sunday September 24th. I haven’t had a chance to play the new sidebar as a solo artist, and I can’t wait.
What should people expect?
I think it should be a pretty special night – I always have a soft spot for shows that focus on songwriting. I think the audience gives the songs a little more space to breathe in the room, and it allows for really special performances to happen.
What is next?
For the rest of the year, I’m pretty focused on Paper Thin. We are releasing our 2nd EP ‘Living With. Being Without.’, and playing a massive launch show at The Cambo on October 15th with Self Talk and Safe Hands. There will be some more solo stuff early next year, but for now, it’s all bass playing!