Singer Songwriter Rory Wynne, 14, On What Influences Him And Writing Songs At 11

Rory is a 14-year-old singer/songwriter from Manchester. He describes himself as an independent artist but says he has already released an EP which sold out and hopes to release a 10-12 track album in the near future.

As well as doing all this by himself he has had his songs played on XFM and BBCR6Music.

He's got 1,000 views on his YouTube videos (without any promoters) and has had more 1,500 plays on his SoundCloud account. Although, he adds, this isn't a lot for a 14 year old who has to go to school everyday.

How long have you been playing?

I've been playing for 4 years but I only started writing songs 3 years ago.

What genre of music do you play?

I would say it's a mix of what used to be Indie (Before Bastille etc said they're Indie) with a few Rock Influences. I call it "Guitar, Drums and Rhyming Words" My Dad calls it "Music for 12 year olds".

Why did you start playing?

I started making music halfway through my second year in secondary school after having guitar lessons. The simple chords were enough for me to write my first song at the age of 11 'I Know She Knows' and from here I developed my ideas into more complexed structures, but the lyrics weren't right.

I threw about ten songs in the bin until finally I came up with my next song 'Those Four Words' which took multiple efforts to record until the right kind of sound was achieved.

What’s your most memorable musical moment?

I don't really have a most memorable moment but the first live show I did. Also when I uploaded my first song on the internet and (out of sympathy) everbody was like Thats Amazing. That was good.

I sent 'Heart of Stone' to BBC Introducing and after a week Tom Robinson selected it to go on his BBC Introducing Mixtape. I also sent it to a local radio station called Pure Radio, they were impressed and played it. Inspired by his small scale success Rory was geared up to write more songs.

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What’s your dream?

My dream would be to do a worldwide arena tour and hear everyone singing my songs. I'll settle with making music for a living though.

Who’s your idol and who would you most compare yourself to? (Dead or alive...)

I don't really have one Idol. But: Liam Gallagher, John Lennon, Ian Curtis and Brown, Alex Turner, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Jake Bugg are all Splendid.

I wouldn't compare myself to anyone because then I'd have to live up to it but people compare me to Jake Bugg (because I'm young) and I had in the 2nd song I did that I sounded like Ian Curtis.

If you could play with anyone, who would it be?

If I could play with anyone it would be The Stone Roses because well they're The Stone Roses.

If you could play at any festival, which would it be?

If I could play at any festival I'd love to play at Glastonbury or Reading.

Who are your fans?

I don't have a following as such but the Lads at school are quite supportive and family of course. I get a few tweets now and then saying they like my stuff.

What’s your all time favourite song?

I don't have an all time favourite but I do love: Sally Cinamon by The Stone Roses, I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys, Lightning Bolt by Jake Bugg and Mr Brightside by The Killers. They're my favourite at the moment but they change every week.

Rory is now finishing an album which will be entitled 'The One Before The Next One'.

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