His connection to guitar sparked a fiery passion, and desire to make music of his own! We are happy to introduce you to the rising pop singer/songwriter – Liam Poole !
[Blaster] Thank you for your time Liam! What music did you grow up listening to?
Liam Poole: I think growing up, we are all heavily influenced by the music that our parents listen to. I can remember listening to artists such as Chris Isaak, David Gray, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Simply Red, Crowded House, Dave Dobbyn, INXS, old school Coldplay. It was definitely a wide range of music that I was exposed to at a young age, but it wasn’t until later on in my early teens that I grew a strong passion for creating music of my own.
[Blaster] How did you become involved in music production?
Liam Poole: Well it all started in high school, I became curious about songwriting and on the computers at my school they were running the programme Studio One. I had recently bought my first laptop, and my teacher at the time kindly gave me a school copy of Studio One and installed it on my laptop for home use. I then purchased the Presonus bundle off of Amazon that came with the audiobox USB interface, a condenser microphone and a set of headphones. I spent hours in my bedroom writing, recording – on very average equipment, but I loved it. I learned lots about how important arrangement is for songwriting, and the little elements of taking things in and out of the mix to keep it from getting too busy. Fast forward maybe 3 years, I had my first experience recording in a legit studio with high quality gear, and a sound engineer. A session lasting a weekend in 2016 would soon become my first EP titled ‘Fly High’. One year later the studio unfortunately went under, but the owner kept all of the gear and moved it into his basement, where I then recorded my second EP titled ‘Wake Up’. I learnt a lot this time round as I sat in the co producers seat, and together the producer and I formed songs on the spot which was a great experience. I have had a bit of a hiatus over the past 2 years, due to life getting busy, moving away from home, getting into my first relationship, getting out of my first relationship, which then resulted in a decline to my mental health and well being. December 2019 I moved back home to my family, and got a job working as a guitar tutor – an absolute dream to say the least. On top of that, I invested heavily in my own recording gear buying a Sennheiser MK-4 Microphone, a Sennheiser e – 609 microphone, Yamaha HS-7 monitors, and the Aston Halo for sound protection. Whilst in lockdown over here in New Zealand, I was able to record nearly every day which has resulted in a bundle of new songs that are yet to be released, ‘I Feel Alive’ being the first one that released September 18 2020.
[Blaster] How would you describe your musical style?
Liam Poole: My musical style has changed drastically over the years, I think this is due to my musical taste always changing and now that I am able to record from the comfort of my bedroom, I now have full creative control over my sound. In the beginning, it was leaning towards INDIE/Singer songwriter, to Pop/Rock, but now my current project/s feel, and sound more defined as to who I am, and the music I want to create which is Pop/Dance music, laced with Singer/songwriter elements, because I am still a keen story teller when it comes to songwriting. At the end of the day, I want my listeners to feel good when they put my songs on. Whether it be sitting back and tapping their feet, or cranking the stereo and dancing like nobody’s watching after a long week at work.
[Blaster] Who writes your songs?
Liam Poole: I can honestly and proudly say that I am the owner to all of the songs I write, as mentioned earlier my songs are based off of experiences that I have had personally, in the hope that the topics I cover, others can relate to them too.
[Blaster] Is there an hidden meaning in your music?
Liam Poole: I do like to be metaphorical, and on occasion very literal in my songwriting. My songs are usually formed from first hand experience I like to be ‘Real’ and while there are some very clever artists that can write about a dream they have had, I feel if I’m writing about something fictitious then the song doesn’t have as much meaning to me, which may translate over to the listener. I try to cover the most relatable topics such as: Love, heartbreak, and mental health (Which is a big issue over here in New Zealand). I use songwriting as a tool to heal myself, and with the hope that others can relate and can heal too. I believe life is too short to be feeling sad, and negative – whilst we shouldn’t deny these feelings, it is my goal as a musician to make people feel happy, and give them a place to escape, even if it is for a few short minutes.
[Blaster] Do you collaborate with other musicians? What is that process?
Liam Poole: I have collaborated with others in the past, on my first and second EP I had a very good friend whose name is Khailana. She has one of the best voices that I have heard, I was lucky enough for her to pop into the studio sessions and lay down some backing vocals. I have a new track coming soon called ‘New Sparks’ and I got one of my students, Kaitlyn to record her vocals on it. In future I would definitely like to try co-writing a song with someone, whether they be in the same city, or now with Covid 19 changing things up, the idea of a collaboration over Zoom certainly isn’t out of the question either.
[Blaster] Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
Liam Poole: This may sound cliche, but it’s the truth. My inspiration stems from my experiences with women, the good, the bad, and everything in between. Having my heart broken for the first time helped me write a lot of new songs, because I was feeling certain emotions for the very first time. Since moving back to my hometown, I have found it easier to write these songs as it has given me the chance to reflect on where I have come in two short years. It’s the common joke of “Never break a musician’s heart, because they WILL write a song about you”, I guess it’s funny because it’s true. I wear my heart on my sleeve, which means I hurt more but it usually pays off with a good song or 3.
[Blaster] What skills have you learned that will help you in your music career?
Liam Poole: Planning!! If you are releasing without a plan/timeline then you are setting yourself up for failure, it can be a daunting task as there are so many processes involved well after the song has been recorded, such as sending it to blogs for review, updating bios, creating ads, etc. I feel with each release I do, I always take something useful away from it, and think of something I could do better. Along with that, my skills as a producer, I am always learning and discovering new tricks on Logic Pro X to help speed up my work flow.
[Blaster] Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organization?
Liam Poole: Currently I am an independent artist, self managed, self recorded, and self – just about everything, it’s a lot of work but I am enjoying the process. However, it would be great to gain some traction and grab the attention of the big labels.
[Blaster] Who are you inspired by?
Liam Poole: My music taste has evolved lots over the past couple of years, I still listen to the classics that I mentioned earlier whilst growing up, more for nostalgia’s sake. Currently I am listening to a variety of artists which inspire me such as: Tame Impala, Tom Misch, Anderson .Paak, Mac Miller, Thundercat, Dan Croll, Billie Eilish & FINNEAS, Harry Styles, John Mayer, Dope Lemon, Jorja Smith, Maggie Rogers, Winston Surfshirt, and some great local New Zealand talent: Benee, Thomas Oliver, LEISURE, Broods, and Alae.
[Blaster] What are the main topics for most of your songs? Do you think topics will change overtime?
Liam Poole: As I have said earlier my main topics consist of: Love, heartbreak, self discovery, and mental health. I believe these will change over time, us human beings are complex creatures and given that I am only 22, I still have a lot of living to do that will in time, inspire new songs.
[Blaster] What are you working on right now? Did you release something in the past? What do you feel is the best song you ever released and why?
Liam Poole: I have released two 4 track EP’s in the past ‘Fly High’ (2016) and ‘Wake Up’ (2018). I feel these two projects were stepping stones to where I am now currently. I have just released my first single off of my upcoming album, called ‘I Feel Alive’, I have the luxury now that I can write and record from my bedroom which means I get lots done in a short amount of time. The current plan is to release singles back to back, because that seems to be how the industry is working now. The album will be set to release in 2021.
I always feel the latest song you release is your best, I think that comes down to that fresh new feeling you get, and the built up excitement waiting for it to drop on all the streaming platforms. But I do believe ‘I Feel Alive’ is my best song, because it feels like ‘Me’, there’s no middle man calling the shots, all of the creative choices were mine, along with the huge help from Jonny Avery who mixed and Co Produced the track. I am however getting excited about my upcoming track titled ‘New Sparks’ this one feels like I am finally mastering my craft, so watch the space.
[Blaster] At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Liam Poole: In its simplest form, I hope that people enjoy the vibe of my music. The songs I am creating now are written and produced in a way to make the listener feel good, and escape from reality for a few short moments. I also hope there are people out there who listen a little deeper to the lyrics, and take away the message from the song and use it to help heal, or find their passion. I also hope there are a few producer nerds amongst the crowd who listen closely to the arrangement, and the instrumentation. In short, I think there’s something for everyone with my music.
[Blaster] What would be your dream collaboration, with any musician or producer?
Liam Poole: My dream collaboration would be with FINNEAS, he is so humble, and talented. I have been listening to his podcast ‘We Bought a House’ and he seems like the kind of guy you could easily sit down with over a beer and just talk for hours, plus he has displayed his love for New Zealand on his podcast more than once, so it’s a no brainer really, someone get him over here!
[Blaster] How do you balance your music with other obligations – school, hobby, job?
Liam Poole: I am incredibly lucky to be a guitar teacher now, I am constantly surrounded by music. I spend my week teaching, and inspiring the next generation of budding musicians/songwriters/
guitarists. In my free time I am able to record, and perform at local bars. It wasn’t always that way though, for a long time I was working in hospitality as a barista, I was constantly working weekends, and evenings and barely had any time to myself, and I was always so tired that when I got home I didn’t even want to think about songwriting. It feels incredible to finally put my music first, whilst being able to help others discover their passion for music.
[Blaster] Would you like to give any message to your fans?
Liam Poole: The most important thing I can say is, “Stay safe out there, be kind, and look after one another. I am lucky to still be able to provide an escape, and entertainment even during a global pandemic. I hope you all enjoy my music as much as I enjoy creating it. Much love, Liam”
[Blaster] Can you share you contact information, social networks links for your fans but also for cooperation with other musicians?
Website: https://liampoolemusic.squarespace.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/liampoole_music/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liam.poole155 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtfzy-7AdD2M8852VaDapig?view_as=subscriber Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0kqpGwWAA4ht6fBecciD6D?si=TVykaBq-SPekJkFzVXrn8Q Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/liam-poole-2