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7QUESTIONS; The Voice winner Stevie McCrorie on playing T in the Park and juggling music with job as fireman.

You've been making music for years. How do you feel looking back at The Voice? I started playing guitar around 15. I called it Old Yeller because it was yellow and kind of sounded like a tractor but then I realised Old Yeller was a dog not a tractor. The name stuck anyway.

I have been playing in bands for half my life.

In 2010, I played the T Break stage at T in the Park and in 2011, the BBC Introducing stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend.

To me, winning The Voice was an amazing achievement for someone who had never been in a competition like it because I always said: "That's not the cool way or credible way to make your name known."

I know it has done me more good than bad. I have a decent foundation and fanbase to build on.

I have raised my profile as Stevie McCrorie, a singer-songwriter from Scotland.

What was it like to release your debut album Big World in January? It was amazing to put out an album I had written. I worked so hard for it to be exactly the way I wanted.

It was great but I also put a lot of pressure on myself as I wanted to strike while the iron was hot.

I had written the album by the end of July 2015.

My only small regret is that it wasn't released then but that was out of my control. What advice would you give to future contestants on The Voice? Go for it but don't expect too much from it. Keep your feet on the ground and focus on what matters to you.

For me, it was the music that matters and it still is. How are you finding it being back as a fireman? I'm juggling a music career and firefighting. I feel like I'm proving you can work and maintain a music career.

My upcoming shows show that maybe one day I could quit firefighting and concentrate on my music but I feel this is a slow burner now and I'll keep plugging away.

You've said that T in the Park is the biggest thing that you've done since The Voice. How does it feel to be returning to the festival next week? I have always loved it - T in the Park is the biggest festival in Scotland.

This will be the third time I have played and it feels brilliant to be back with my full band playing songs off my debut album. I can't wait. What makes T in the Park so special? Is there anybody you're looking forward to seeing perform this year? I think the fact it has the biggest names and Scots do like to stick together in times of joy so T is always full of positivity no matter what the weather.

There is a lot of hard work behind the scenes by DF Concerts and the bands make it amazing too.

I can't wait to see Foy Vance who follows me on the King Tut's stage - he is a big inspiration and I won't get a red neck saying it.

I want to catch Frightened Rabbit, Fatherson, Frank Turner and T Break acts such as Indigo Velvet.

What does the rest of 2016 have in store? More gigs and pushing Big World but writing a new album is the next big priority.

I have just spent a fortune on music equipment, which my loving wife Amy is so happy about.

She will be even happier when amps and guitars are lying around the house. I am excited about the future. | For tickets and info go to www.tinthepark.com

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 3, 2016
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