Scott Nicholls is a country singer/songwriter from the UK. After growing up amongst his father’s vinyl collection, submerged in the likes of Tom Petty, Fats Domino and T. Rex, Nicholls picked up the guitar at age 13 and the rest is history. His new track, Heartbeat is a pop-country track with a rock edge, featuring classic twangy acoustic strums, gritty electric guitar hits and tight drums. Scott spoke with The Fountain about the new track as well as venues he’s excited to play live again.

TF: You have a new single out, what can we expect from Heartbeat?

You can expect an upbeat, catchy, perfect springtime kinda bop that’s all about how while its good to live in the now, sometimes looking back on fonder memories is okay too! They all make up part of our everyday lives, past and present, no matter how small or big those events are! I always think the more universal something is the more relatable it always will be, and not just to everybody listening — me included — so I always try and remember that when I’m writing music or I’m “too scared” to go near a subject that affects people in everyday life. Ultimately Heartbeat is the kind of song that I want to listen to on the radio, and I hope you all do too!

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

Fun, dynamic, nostalgic, catchy… Did I mention fun and catchy? Underline ‘em! 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

I am going to get back to gigging! I started the pandemic in 2020 doing a few online shows but quickly realised that it just couldn’t and wouldn’t ever be the same as performing live to an audience, so I think that’s something that I’m really looking forward to getting back to. I also have a(nother!) duet coming out with UK country superstar Kezia Gill some time in the summer so we will be getting ready for that and making sure we have it perfect for you guys when it finally does come out — it’s a doozy, in my opinion Heartbeat is the best thing Jack (my producer) and I have released into the world so far and they all just keep getting better from here! I had shows booked and announced for before the pandemic that I’m hoping I can re-arrange with the likes of Stewart Mac round Scotland, Steve Pilgrim in England and some other pretty cool things I’m not sure were announced but are still happening! Ultimately, I just want everybody to be safe, sound, and able to enjoy some live music. As long as that happens, I’m golden. 

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

Honestly right now the place I love to play the most is the open mic night at Old Street Records and I think it always will be. Every time I go back there to that basement it’s always busy, it’s always full of people who really want to listen and care about music too. It’ll always be the birthplace of my music, in a lot of ways. Failing that I’d say the Bedford in Balham. It’s not just because people like Ed Sheeran et al have played on that stage, it’s the vibe of the room, the sound. It holds a LOT of good memories for me including the first time the audience ever sang the “Oh” hook back at me during Heartbeat — a moment I’ll never forget, that’s for sure.