Another day, another opportunity to meet some of the amazing talent who will be joining us at BIMM Birmingham in October! This time we’re catching up with Stuart Woolfenden…
I am a 19 year old solo artist from Redditch. I’ve been doing gigs for about 6 years now. My music style is a blend of punk, pop and indie, and I write about my experiences growing up in the twenty first century. I’ve had 11 different songs played on BBC Introducing and performed at many festivals.
How did you get into music/how long have you been playing?
I think my first musical memory was probably when I was 5 years old at a wedding, I remember sitting in a hotel room with my headphones on singing Avril Lavigne’s ‘I’m With You’ at the top of my lungs in amongst all the guests. I was just being attention seeking. When I was 11, I remember being absolutely obsessed with Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ album and wanting to learn how to write songs like she did. I taught myself how to play guitar through watching YouTube videos and I started writing my own songs. I ventured further by listening to all different types of bands and artists – anything from The Clash to Lana Del Rey – and blending all these different influences together to create my own little style. I started gigging when I was about 13. I’ve now played at numerous venues across the West Midlands and had national airplay on BBC Radio 6!
What’s your favourite venue to play?
In 2016, I played at the Birmingham NEC’s Concourse Suite as part of the National Rock & Pop Festival. The venue was one the biggest rooms I’ve played in, it even had screens at the side of the stage (you know it’s a good venue when there are screens involved). Not only was it a good venue but the crowd was so supportive! You can see this performance on my YouTube channel.
Other great venues I’ve played at include The Bedford in Balham and The Robin 2 in Bilston.
What are you most looking forward to about joining BIMM Birmingham?
I’m really looking forward to meeting like-minded people. It seems to me that BIMM will be a creative hub where everybody helps each other out with what they want to achieve. I’m also excited to receive professional advice from those already in the music industry who are happy to pass on things that they’ve learned through experience. I can’t wait!
I’m doing a few gigs around the West Midlands over the summer. Visit my Bandsintown to see where I will be playing. Come along and say hi!