Since winning the 2015 series of The Voice UK, life has been all go for Scottish singer Stevie McCrorie.
Ahead of his gig at London’s Borderline on Wednesday 23 March, Stevie talks about his music since winning the show, writing his debut album and getting ready to tour.
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How has the whirlwind from winning The Voice to recording your debut album been?
“As you would expect it’s been amazing and a dream come true. I am a self taught singer/songwriter and maybe not your usual talent show type. The Voice was the first talent show I’d auditioned for. I remember being on the bus going to my blind audition in Manchester saying that if I got some more gigs off the back of the blind audition it would be great, but instead I went and won it! I have gained more confidence through the experience and learned a lot about what to do and what not to. I really want to keep moving forward, I’m not going to stop however the journey may pan out.”
What were your influences and hopes when going into record the album? And did it meet your expectations after?
“I went into it with loads of demos and ideas which I’d had for years but had never really come to life before, so the writing process was quite fast. I wrote the album in two months, as I really wanted to make a statement. It did meet my expectations but there are certain things I would like to do second time round.”
How was the songwriting process in particular?
“As I touched on, the songwriting process was quick, I met other songwriters and had amazing chemistry with some of them. One was a fellow Scot, David Sneddon – ‘The Snedster’! Great guy. By the end of the process I was completely drained from a manic year followed by the writing and I had never spent so much time away from my girls. Listen to the track Don’t Go on my album and you can feel how I felt, it was the last song I wrote that made the album.”
How are you feeling about the upcoming live shows and headline London date at Borderline on Wednesday 23 March?
“I can’t wait! Sometimes you can get caught up in numbers and the business side of it all but what it really is all about for me is performing to people, and I won’t lie, when a crowd give energy back it just makes me better. I think the crowds are going to be great and I’m just so grateful to people spending their money to come see me. I can’t wait to get out there and I hope people love what they hear.”
Will Ricky Wilson be catching you at any of the dates?
“I’m hoping he makes London! He did tweet a while back saying he would, but he’s a busy guy so it’s cool if he isn’t there!”
For anyone who didn’t watch you on The Voice, what can they expect from your live shows?
“They will see a lot more than they saw on TV. As I said I am not your typical talent show contestant but I chose to go on the show as there was nothing to lose and everything to gain. They will see a more raw side to me, and my songs will last more than 90 seconds!”
Any key tips you’ve been given before going on tour?
“Not really at the moment, maybe when I have a big tour the tips will be don’t drink too much beer, I really need my voice to be on point for the way I sing.”
Catch Stevie McCrorie live this March:
23 – Borderline, London
27 – Oran Mor, Glasgow
28 – The Caves, Edinburgh
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