Masochist is the latest single from emerging Scottish indie-roots artist Hector Shaw, which was released on Friday 30 April. His debut track Gravity earned the BBC Radio Scotland Afternoon Show’s coveted Single of the Week spot and support from Amazing Radio’s Jim Gellatly, Folk Radio UK and Scotland on Sunday, among others. With this acclaim The Fountain caught up with Hector to discuss music and playing live eventually.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Masochist?
The reception has been lovely. It was played on BBC Introducing the other night which was very exciting. I have a feeling it’s the most universal track from the EP, as well as the happiest.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
Upbeat indie-folk with melancholic storytelling and summery instrumentation.
TF: And you have quite the band with Sorren, Hannah and co, what has it been like to work with these folks on this single?
They’ve been amazing. They really knew how to bring it to life and offered ideas for its production that I would have never considered. I really enjoy that collaborative approach to making music, where I give up my expectations of what the song should be and let others add their own parts.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
I have some gigs lined up for the summer so I’m looking forward to playing the songs at those.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
My favourite venue I’ve played so far is probably Old Dr. Bell’s Baths in Edinburgh, supporting Lewis Mclaughlin. It’s a really gorgeous space and I have great memories from that night. Realistically, a venue I’d love to play is St. Luke’s in Glasgow. Unrealistically, the Royal Albert Hall.