The rising soulful indie act and ex-Royal Navy marine, Chris Linton, has recently released his second single Monster. Propelled by previous success with his song-writing in the gaming world, Chris Linton is an esteemed singer-songwriter with over 240 million streams across Spotify and YouTube. He spoke with The Fountain about the new music and plans for the year.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Monster?

I’ve been so amazed by the incredible response to Monster. I think it was a bit unexpected for some people which Is great as I certainly don’t want to make it to predictable haha. But no, I’m really happy with everything especially with the added support from the likes of Amazon Music who playlisted the release and the launch of my Arcade Video-Game style music video. It’s wonderful to hear that new people are discovering it every day.

TF: And can you sum up the track in one sentence?

Electronic infused pop.

TF: What made you want to kick start releasing your own music rather than focusing on song-writing?

The singing and guitar playing came before the songwriting for me. Ever since I was in school it’s something I’ve wanted to learn and get better at and it’s taken some time and some experience to build on. I’ve always wanted to perform though, I used to be involved in musical theatre and did some acting in my teens and I’ve always had a taste for being on stage and being creative and I certainly wouldn’t want to deny myself the chance to give it a go myself. I’m loving it.

TF: What lessons have you learned are the most important as an artist?

  1. Learn from each other and support each other.

2. It’s okay to have a break

3. Take your time with your songs, you want to be 110% happy because once it’s out that’s it.

4. Be yourself.

5. Interact with your fans.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

More song-writing and preparing the next release as well as focusing on connecting with people more via my social media accounts. 🙂

TF: How have you found navigating the music industry over the pandemic, are there positives and negatives?

In regards to the song-writing, I feel I’ve been able to write more songs then I would have, had I been travelling somewhere as we’ve had to adopt new methods of working such as using Zoom. The negative impact of this was being unable to travel to professional, much larger studios and missing that face to face interaction especially with a co-writer. It’s really great for my own mental health to get away from home, writing songs in a new, fresh and interesting working environment. I did miss that a lot. Being cooped up at home isn’t ideal but it’s taught me more about remote working which is really handy. It’s nice to have choice!

TF: When can we next expect a live show from you now that venues and gigs are kicking off again?

This year I’ve been focusing on building up my catalogue of songs. I’ve worked with EDM producers for years and now I’m moving from collaborations to solo releases, so now it’s all about building a library of strong songs to bring to the stage next year. I’m super excited for it, a bit nervous but it’s good nerves.