I recently did a Q&A for The Vinyl District with a very talented Singer Songwriter from Moston in the UK called Cavan Moran. Previously he’d sent in a demo of his track “Five Simple Crimes” (embedded here) that I really liked, and it made me want to find out more about him. I think the track – only a demo, is excellent and I hope you do to. Please share if you feel inclined. Enjoy.
Can you tell us where you are from and give us a feel for Cavan Moran the artist?
Sure. I’m from one time number one most deprived place to live in Great Britain, which is the Lower Blackley, Harpurhey, Moston area. Lived in around 8 houses here over the years. Had about 15 different groups of friends and a few million tree houses. Never saw it as being that deprived when I was growing up ’cause there wasn’t much to buy.
It was only when I was old enough to start walking into town and hanging out with other kids from other areas that I realised I didn’t have as much money as the other kids and that was only ’cause they were all drinkin’ Southern Comfort and smokin’ Marlboro lights. I’d drink Bells whisky and Napoleon brandy. This one girl had a TV that came up out of a bed. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen! That was until some kids put cigarette burns all over her trampoline.
As an “artist,” I started writing songs, and general writing at around 13 when I got my first guitar after listening to some Stiff Little Fingers and Sham 69 albums that one of my uncles taped for me. I started going backwards and forwards at the same time, listening to different types of music and at that age I couldn’t think of anything else that allowed you to do that so I stayed in the abyss.
I didn’t play my guitar much though. I used to fake phone calls from the school toilet, pretending to be a parent so I could go to my grandad’s house and play the drums. He’s a jazz drummer, only lived round the corner from the school, so that’d give me around an hour for the niccotine patches to make me green and the Vicks in my eyes to start to water, then another 3 to play drums! I played drums in a few punk bands while always writing and stressing over the word “revolution” which each band I played with sang, had a breakdown, then went at it by myself.
The full interview is on TVDUK