This week we interviewed music artist Boots McMahon after he filmed a promotional video for his next single ‘Flowergirl’ in our Hayloft Studio. We got some behind the scenes information about the indy artist who has many exciting upcoming projects.
Originally from Crawley but now living in Hove with his wife and cat, Boots McMahon has been playing for about 10 years. He bought his first guitar back in the 80s. After “mucking about” for a few years he then gave up and sold all of his guitars. However he started playing again in 2010 and writing songs in 2017. This singer/songwriter creates music with an old school/retro feel with influences from the 60s, 70s and 90s.
What is your favourite thing about performing?
What I like about performing is the instant gratification of a good performance and how easy it can be to do. You can do it with just your voice and an instrument, in my case a guitar. As a songwriter it is also a very good way to craft your style and sound, and learning on the job certainly speeds up the learning process.
Who are your greatest musical influences?
When it comes to musical influences I’m influenced by both mainstream and artists off the beaten track so to speak. Artists that have influenced me the most are the likes of Noel Gallagher, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and many more. I love songs which have great hooks and melodies. I am definitely a magpie and, like a lot of other songwriters, I’m always looking for a great middle eight.
How did you use our Hayloft Studio for your project?
I used Copperdollar for filming a promo video for my next single Flowergirl. The room was perfect for the project because of the way the light could be used. It also had lots of cool features to the room i.e.old bare walls, wooden floors etc that could be used to make the sound and vision more vibey.
What is your favourite project you’ve done up until now?
My favourite project was the home made video that I made for my third single release People like us. I made it back in January 2021 whilst we were in lockdown, so I was forced to film it all in my flat using things around me to tell the story. I also had to learn how to use iMovie which was a challenge.
What have you learnt this year that you’re bringing into your work?
Like a lot of indy artists I have had to really learn the art of self promotion; Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok etc. I learned about reach, the importance of good content and trying to find the posts that tickle peoples’ curiosity.
What are you most excited for in the future?
I am very excited about going into the studio in the next few days to record a song called The Day After, which is a song about those difficult, dark days we go through after a break up. I also have two songs that I’m very excited about which will be released in the coming months. One of them is Flowergirl, of course, which i used Copperdollar Studios to film the promotional material. It is about one guy’s infatuation for a girl he can’t even speak to, and Stardust, which is a song I had an animated video made for. It is about the darker sides of fame and celebrity.