https://soundcloud.com/tallchildrenmusic/tall-children-song-for-you

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

Tall Children is actually one man – me, Ben Hughes, from Liverpool, United Kingdom.

When I was given a guitar at 6 it was genuinely one of the most thrilling things I’d ever seen. My dad taught me how to play it and it brought us close together.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

I am a guitarist first and foremost. The songwriting and singing came later. That’s when I went pop.

I picked up a guitar at the tender age of 5, on encouragement from by my guitar-playing dad. By 13 I was being taught by legends Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor.

I studied at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, tutored by jazz guitarists Mike Walker and Steve Berry.

My first gig was at the age 13 was in Freshfield Pub in Formby, near Southport, Liverpool. The first 3 songs in front of a home crowd gave me a taste for performance; but also the confidence to start to write my own songs to escape the drear of school – penning poetry, lyrics and little essays about my young lens on life.

Since then I’ve played endless pubs & wedding gigs, even events like Ted X. But on route, I’ve played with such people as Tommy Emmanuel, Mick Fleetwood blues band, Dave McCabe and Zutons, Mel C, Nitin Sawhney, Brent Mason, Albert Lee with Hogan’s Heroes, Gaps, Salford Jets, Paulo Nutini. I even played ‘Yesterday’ with Paul McCartney.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

I consider Tall Children to be pop. The genesis of the songs always starts with guitar. I think I focus on the melody driven by guitar.

In ‘Song For You’ I wanted to write an upbeat pop chorus around a core lyric “this is just a song that I wrote for you, I wrote it just so you would notice me.” I wanted to capture the anxiety of needing to impress the opposite sex, but actually for me it reflects a broader need for validation in life. I am currently about to shoot a video for the song featuring a room full of dancers craving the camera’s attention – should be fun.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

When you’re young and naive you think talent gets spotted and success is an easy trip. Easy to say with hindsight, but I think I realised quite early on that if you choose this life then you have to do the10, 000 hrs of apprenticeship to earn success at any level. As someone on the BBC Musical review of 2017 about Rag’n’Bone Man – he took a very long time to be an overnight sensation. I get that. I believe you have to be a one-man-industry – nobody else is ultimately going to make me successful so why wait for permission. Got to get out there and sweat it yourself – no matter how hard it gets. And yes it gets very hard.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

No band as yet – it’s just me and my guitar.

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to do some sessions with producer Hugh Worskett (Birdy, Michael Kiwanuka) on 3 songs. He taught me to step back and invest more energy in the song, way before you worry about the music production. Because I am trained, I guess I was taking the songs for granted and racing to the production – maybe I needed to spend more time crafting the song. More recently I have been in the studio with Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Cabbage), wading through a stock of about 25 demos that I hope will at some point become a debut album. My Manager really forced me to strip everything back to some core strengths and Rich has helped me realise a pop sound by only using those strengths and not getting distracted by production frills. In truth I just think I am learning. And getting more and more focused on who I am as an Artist and what Tall Children is as a vehicle for my songs. I’ve been lucky enough to find a group of people who seem on board with my vision for Tall Children – so they are investing all their energy into making it stand up.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

Too long. Every single day, since I was 10. Like many musicians, I earned my keep as a session player for lots of bands. Then branched in to making music for other artists and writing for adverts. Now it’s about me.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Might be corny, but I am inspired by the impetus behind Tall Children. That sense of a world that is childlike despite the enormous responsibilities of adulthood – the sense of play and adventure that is both thrilling and deeply risky given the stakes. The Donald (Trump) is an extraordinary emblem of that tension. If ever there was a Tall Child.

Truth is, making music is the only thing I was born to do. Don’t all artists say that?

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Who knows right? I think there’s the obvious stuff like having a big chorus that gets people singing, but I suspect it’s predominantly the cultural context of the track that makes it hit home. People either connect with it or they don’t no matter how good the melody might be. Thom Yorke manages to get people singing about waking up sucking a lemon, so am not sure what his secret is…?

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 

If you’re like me, you’ll admit pop music can be dead exciting. I love the feel-good buzz of a cracking pop song. But I always want it to say something genuine, and ideally be written and played by a real musician, not some strange writing machine. That’s my benchmark. If it’s also yours, judge me on my songs.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

10,000 hours. Count them.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

Tall Children is all new. But now that I have some focus in the project and finally sharing some early bits, I’ve landed in the sublime and the ridiculous: TEDx talks, Pub Gigs and now BBC Introducing.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 

Keep them coming. And I will keep delivering better and better songs for you all.

http://indienationblog.com/tall-children-wake-up-with-you/

http://indienationblog.com/tall-children-more-than-this-official-video/

https://soundcloud.com/eternitynetwork

http://digtb.us/2yHnqRM

A Night In The 6ix

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

Sometimes a melody will just jump out, but generally speaking I find the process of living with and experimenting with ideas is how I ultimately come to the finished song. Sometimes I will resurrect ideas that are years old and find a new flavour in them that is relevant.  Lyrically I suppose it’s about catharsis, getting what I feel is on my chest off and out there.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Prince as a kid, Jon Hopkins, The 1975.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

Richard Turvey (Blossoms, Cabbage)

Hugh Worskett (Birdy, Michael Kiwanuka)

Dan Dare

Ryan Keen

Adam and Theo Hutchcraft / Lael Goldberg (Hurts)

Would love to collaborate with just about anyone. It’s all up for grabs at the moment…something with Dua Lipa, Craig David or James Bay would be fun.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

https://youtu.be/VfDi9C5CJqY

https://youtu.be/UpazIh5L0Gc

https://twitter.com/tallchildren

https://www.facebook.com/TallChildrenMusic/

https://www.instagram.com/tallchildrenmusic/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Y5xxXC0kfON4ot3xDVibN

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH-Ar7q_sLXPcPG3BMf2Qpg

https://soundcloud.com/tallchildrenmusic/wake-with-you/s-3atdC

https://soundcloud.com/tallchildrenmusic/more-than-this

https://soundcloud.com/tallchildrenmusic/tall-children-song-for-you

https://soundcloud.com/tallchildrenmusic/tall-children-prey/s-NXjiZ

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Y5xxXC0kfON4ot3xDVibN

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Happiest day – deciding permanently to play a guitar for a living.

Saddest Day – when I don’t get to play guitar…

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’d buy guitars, make more videos and work even harder for the next $.


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