Well kept musical secret revealed

Shire and city: Duthie's debut album is influenced by a huge variety of influences but a key inspiration has been his home surroundings including the Buchan coast.
Shire and city: Duthie's debut album is influenced by a huge variety of influences but a key inspiration has been his home surroundings including the Buchan coast.

Kintore based musician, Gordon Duthie has recently graduated with an MSc in International Marketing Management from Robert Gordon University.

On the face of it you would think of him as a regular, football loving sort of chap who also likes comedy, but this well-travelled 25-year-old is far from ordinary.

Like many of his peers Gordon has worked in the oil industry and has travelled extensively in North America, Africa and all over Europe while at the same time working on a music project which he has kept under wraps until now.

Duthie began producing ‘Shire and City’, his self-funded album in 2008, but only decided to make this public after finishing university.

Duthie’s work is rife with the underdog spirit and he says the subject matter and production location of his debut album has a focus “on an area not particularly known for it’s alternative music culture”.

In spite of extensive travel Gordon’s roots are very much at home in Aberdeenshire where he grew up, and where he spent many happy childhood summers with grandparents on the Buchan coast. He explained: “I’ve always had an affinity towards my home region and used it as a key inspiration for ‘Shire and City’.”

Duthie’s musical style would probably be classed as “alternative” but he prefers not to abide by the standard musical genres. His musical ideas come from a huge variety of inspirations and sounds and he is ambitious, always looking to improve the quality, breadth and production of his work.

He added: “I have had a lot of different influences so it’s hard to pinpoint one particular artist or genre and I’m hoping my album will show how I’ve attempted to make it a smooth transition from one song to the other and structured the album a bit differently; each song is very different but they hopefully blend together well. There’s no specific style as such and the music is quite alternative.”

Speaking about his video for ‘Hide’ he said: “I’m hoping the video gives that part of Aberdeenshire some exposure, and my lyrics are related to the time I spent there growing up and the experiences I’ve had. I love to make music and it’s something I’ll always do as a hobby so it’ll just be a bonus if it does well. I thought it would be interesting to focus on Aberdeenshire for my music video because the area is not given a lot of exposure; there hasn’t been a music video filmed there before to my knowledge and it would be great to be able to raise the profile of the rural landmarks.”

The post-graduate songwriter has seen a steady increase in followers on Social Media and this even led to him having Twitter debate with alternative music stalwart Ben Folds on the distribution strategies being trialled by the music industry.

Online commentators have drawn comparisons with popular artists such as Nick Drake and Gruff Rhys, therefore accentuating that Gordon Duthie is certainly not a one trick pony.