Hailing from the treacherously frosty parts of Glasgow. It’s our honour that we have the ridiculously talented and mysterious C Duncan as our Band of the Week. C Duncan isn’t currently gigging at the moment, which is a shame. But with the new year brings new promise for the mostly small and unknown artist. Coming to our attention after the hit machine FatCat Records, put up his demo on their SoundCloud page.
We spoke to Chris to get some much-needed unanswered questions finally put to rest, so we can finally sleep at night once again:
How about a bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Glasgow. Both parents are musicians so it was inevitable I’d go into music myself.
I started writing songs from a young age, and went on to study composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. There I studied classical music, but continued to write songs in my spare time. After graduating a couple of years ago, I have been mainly focusing on writing and recording songs.
How do you go about writing new material?
When writing new material, I tend to start with a tune. I then add instruments and structure it. I often layer voices and instruments, which I do in the process of recording, to create the sounds and atmospheres I want.
You describe your music as ditsy-doo-da, why?
My music is sometimes quite whimsical and dream-like, so this is why I describe it as Ditsy Do-da. Also, my music often changes in style from song to song, so Ditsy Do-da generally sums it up.
FatCat putting up your demo sure drummed up some response?
Fat Cat Records have been fantastic to put my song ‘For’ up on their site, and this has given me a lot of great exposure. On the day it went on to their site, Lauren Laverne heard it and played it on her radio show on BBC 6. Since, it has been played on Triple J Radio in Sydney, and a couple of stations in New York. It’s amazing how quickly music spreads across the internet.
What artists inspire your music?
My influences…. There are far too many to list them all…. But these are a few:
Old barbershop quartets like the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots. Michel Legrand, Portishead, Burt Bacharach, Animal Collective, The Carpenters, Bjork, The Knife, The Cocteau Twins, Dirty Projectors, Count Basie, Goldfrapp, Chet baker…. The list goes on and on.
If C Duncan were to be a fish, what fish would it be and why?
If I were a fish I’d be a cod, named Rod
What are your plans for the new year?
Plans for the new year are basically to keep writing and recording songs. Once I have an albums worth of songs I’ll hopefully get a band together and start gigging, but for the time being I’m happy to just keep writing new stuff.
C Duncan – For
You can check out more songs over on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/mrduncan