Interview: Cody Feechan

Scottish singer-songwriter Cody Feechan took some time to answer our questions regarding the release of her latest song, her career highlights and what her dream gig would be.

Your new song, “Kingdom Caller”, has just been released. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it?
I wrote ‘Kingdom Caller’ a few months ago during the lockdown. The lockdown has been horrible but in a way it has also been good as it has given me a lot more time to sit back and work on new material. 
Kingdom Caller’ is a song written about a man who is struggling with his mental health. A man who believes he has everything where as in reality he is actually very alone and doesn’t have much.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
I always find it quite hard to describe my sound as I think each song I have done sounds so different. I would probably describe my style of music as alternative rock with a touch of pop. I love exploring different genres and my most recent single ‘Kingdom Caller’ had a hint of blues in the track which I loved. 
I love an artist who has a unique voice. I have always said that Janis Joplin is one of my biggest influences- I absolutely love the husky tone to her vocals. Other influences include Kelly Jones, Stevie Nicks, Suzi Quatro, Texas, The Cranberries, Biffy Clyro and of course The Proclaimers! The list can go on and on. 

What have been music/career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
The biggest highlight for me is breaking into the UK Official Charts for Scottish Singles with the remix of my single ‘Free Falling’ back in September. I never thought for a second my name would ever be up there next to some of those really big names. Climbing up in the iTunes Charts is also overwhelming. Growing up doing music you always dream of these things but never imagine that they would ever actually happen. 
I have also been lucky enough to have played at both King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and The Barrowland’s Ballroom which are both iconic venues- as a Scottish Musician these are definitely highlights of my music career so far. I also won the ‘Home Grow Talent’ Award at the Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards last year which was pretty amazing. Playing at Glastonbury is definitely up there on my bucket list!

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why?
This is a really tough question! I would probably go for Stereophonics. Kelly Jones has such an amazing and unique voice, I could listen to him all day. I’ve seen them live a few times too and they put on such a great show! The Proclaimers are one of my favourite bands and I’ve always said that I would love for one day to have the opportunity to support them! Biffy Clyro would also be amazing to support! 

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
I was in the studio recently and got told about Phoebe Bridgers who I had never heard of until then. Been listening to her a lot recently, she’s great! I have also been listening to a lot of Bon Iver again recently. I used to love his music, I forgot how good he is! 

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