Describe your sound in your own words.
I guess it's influenced by a lot of folk and country music. I also like a lot of old blues singers, so it's a real mix of everything.
How did you get started in music?
I was given a guitar when I was younger, and my family always listened to a lot of music. My great aunt was a songwriter and wrote for George Formby [an English comedian and banjo player popular in the '30s and '40s], so there were always stories being thrown about the dinner table.
What are your musical influences?
I love all the old country greats like Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb, and people like Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. I have always loved people just singing on their own with a guitar. I also love the Band and Neil Young, and in modern day, Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley.
Where did the name 'Dirty Pond Songs' come from?
From the back of a lorry on the M4.
What did you think of 'Twilight' when you saw it? Was it weird to see Rob perform your song onscreen?
I don't really have an opinion on it, [because] I haven't really seen it properly yet.
Are you into the whole vampire phenomenon? How does it feel to play a role in it?
I don't think I play a role in it at all. I have had a great opportunity and I'm just working with it. I've never donned a pair of teeth or a cape, and I'm wary with blood.
Describe your upcoming album. How will it differ from your EP?
It's [going to be] really cool, I think. My EP was just a form of documentation. My album is the real deal. I've been playing with this great band in the studio and I think we've come up with this really good sound.
What are you most looking forward to about SXSW and what's in your festival survival kit?
Yes, it's going to be alot of fun. Texas is a really cool place, so I can't wait. I don't really have a survival kit. Just eating every five hours and trying to lay my head down someplace dry.
What should people know about you that they might not know already?
My cousin is Sean Long, the rugby league player.
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