EX-KELLANDS pupil, singer/songwriter Andrew Brand (18) went right back to his roots last week to play a gig in front of his old school.
He explained: “I played my first gig at the leavers concert in P7 and I’m going back to show the kids how things can progress.”
Andrew who is currently studying Petroleum Geology at Aberdeen University said he used to play a lot in Aberdeen but has been practising hard for the Live and Unsigned Competition after coming through the Glasgow Regional Finals where he earned a place at the Scottish and North of England semi-final to be held in Newcastle on April 24. If successful, Andrew will go forward to the final at London’s O2 on July 23, where he stands a chance of winning a recording contract, a UK tour and a performance at the O2 Arena.
Andrew plays acoustic, base and electric guitar, piano and drums and writes his own songs as well as performing covers.
Speaking about his inspiration he said: “Other music influences me and things that happen to me, I don’t really choose my songs. If something happens I pick up my guitar and it just comes out and the lyrics and music both seem to come at the same time.”
Enjoying his success, Andrew is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. He said: “I don’t think you should get ahead of yourself and take it too seriously, but if the opportunity came along to make a career of it, I’d jump at it.”
Andrew had entered the Live and Unsigned competition in 2010 but didn’t make it through the auditions. He explained: “I played one of my own songs last year and this year, but this year I played a different song which in my opinion is better, and I think my voice and playing technique have both improved.”
He added: “The more hard work you put in the more of a buzz you get out of it. I’m thinking about entering ‘T-break’ at T in the Park.”
Andrew had a chance to compete for a free track demo when local producer, Steve Ransom received funding from the Skin Deep Foundation. Applicants between 13 and 19-years-old were invited to come forward with a stipulation that they write their own material. He concluded: “I was one of the six that were picked to get a free track demo made. I’m going to send it out to places where I can get a gig, and to the Wizard Festival in New Deer to see if I can get a slot in one of their acoustic tents.”