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WHAT’S UP | BRUNO MAJOR

While you may not have heard Bruno Major on our airwaves yet, he’s racked up well over a million listeners on Spotify earning deserved acclaim for the speakeasy minimalism and sunkissed folk melodies in his brilliant debut, A Song For Every Moon.

You wouldn’t mistake his songs for anyone else’s – it’s soulful late night and lazy afternoons in equal parts – but there’s more than a twinge of nostalgia in his excellent songwriting. Having put together a debut album over 12 months, exactly 1 song per month, and now working on more, Major’s only really getting started. 

Describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before.

Randy Newman’s songwriting, Chet Baker’s melodies, D’Angelos chords and JDilla’s beats.

What was it like writing a song every month? Was it difficult since creativity can come in stops and starts?

I write a song every month anyway. Often times more than one. They aren’t always good though. Some of the songs on the album I had already written, but all of them were recorded and released in the same month. The pressure I felt was very inspiring to me, it forced me not to be a perfectionist and create more freely, in the moment. I literally didn’t have the time to worry about detail.

What artists do you have on repeat at the moment?

At the moment I’m listening to Nina Simone a lot. Her first album Little Girl Blue. She’s one of my favourite piano players ever. I really connect with her, I also started out wanting to be a instrumental musician, and found singing later on.

You’re from London via Northampton – tell us a bit about Northampton and North London.

Northampton is the place that I was born. It was a safe place to grow up, and my wonderful family are there but I have no great love for it as a place. It’s a cultural vacuum so that I left as soon as possible. It’s no coincidence that I started writing songs when I got to London, the city was so inspiring to me. North London is my home, and I think London is the greatest city in the world.

You’ve had a huge year, what are some highlights of 2017?

It has been an amazing year. We went from nothing to 50 million streams, which has changed my life. There have been so many special moments, but I think playing my first sold out shows in the US, Europe and London were my favourite. That’s when it became real, not just numbers on a screen.

What’s in store for 2018?

2018 is going to be a year of travelling. I’m touring all over the world and I’m going to record another album. 

Seasonal question – what’s on for Christmas, and favourite Christmas song?
I actually made my own Christmas song ‘I Think It Must Be Christmas’ in October, so I’ve been feeling really Christmassy for months. I’m so glad everybody has caught up. My favourite is ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,’ and Mariah’s. I’ve actually been singing her one all day.

Dogs or cats?

Oh man. They say (who is they?) Cats are for people who want to love and dogs are for people who want to be loved. I love them both. Cats are hilarious and dogs are just wonderful.

Listen to his debut album, A Song For Every Moon, on Spotify and Apple Music.

Michelle He

Live music enthusiast. Always at gigs with my camera.