Inspired by artists such as Damien Rice, Father John Misty and Bo Burnham, Brian Grogan‘s music has a strong focus on honest song-writing, humour as well as melody. He’s just released new single Reach and spoke with The Fountain about his plans and expectations for his song-writing career.

TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been so far?

The reception has been great. A lot of kind people out there in the world sharing and saying kind things. It’s my first single (and my first interview) so it’s all a bit new.

TF: You’ve titled it Reach, what kind of reach are you hoping to get with it?

Ha, far and beyond. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I can see exactly which towns/cities/continents are streaming it so that’s cool.

TF: And you are performing in London’s Stoke Newington soon, but can we expect to see you in Scotland soon?

Unfortunately my fan base is pretty limited in Scotland but I’d love to get the chance to play there. I’m hoping there’ll be space for me at The Fringe festival this year!

TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?

I’ve also been lucky enough to play a house show with Sofar Sounds in London, which was an experience like no other. It’s just great (and somewhat unusual) to play to a brand new audience that are also incredibly attentive.

TF: What influenced your music growing up, Brian?

I was raised on Irish traditional music (the fiddle) and was surrounded by a very musical family. Before London came along, I was primarily a drummer for years. I mostly played drums in cover bands in pubs around my home county in Ireland. I’ll be blunt in admitting my main motivation for becoming a songwriter was to get more attention. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve found a home in a community of musicians in the open mic circuit of London.