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Irish singer has craic-ed it with his Scottish fans; 7 QUESTIONS GAVIN JAMES HAS BEEN ADDED TO BBC PLAYLIST AND HAS HAD 50M STREAMS ON SPOTIFY WITH 1.8M MONTHLY LISTENERS. WE ASKED HIM ABOUT NEW ALBUM BITTER PILL, OUT ON AUGUST 5.

Your new single Bitter Pill is out on August 5. The album, also called Bitter Pill, has been out for a while now. How was the recording experience and the reaction once it was released? Can you tell us a little more about the single too? It's the title track of my album and is pretty much about messing up something with someone you love. You realise it far too late and can't fix it.

The album was a mad experience. I had only released a live album before and was relentlessly touring everywhere so it took a long time to finish. I'm really happy with the outcome though. You're playing Scotland in October. For those who haven't seen you live before, what can they expect? The first gig I played in Scotland was at Oran Mor a few years ago. I was supporting Ingrid Michaelson. It's a great place. I always love the crowds in Scotland - they remind me of back home. Loads of banter. A lot of banter. I never really take it too seriously so it's a different show every night. The gigs should be good fun. There will be some ballads and a few stompers thrown in too. You've supported the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift. Which of these huge shows was your favourite? The one with Ed Sheeran in Croke Park, Dublin. It's a place I've always wanted to play at but never in a million years did I think I'd get the chance. I was so delighted I got to do it . You're massive in Ireland, and will be headlining the 3Arena in Dublin in December. How do you feel about playing an arena on your own? And how will your UK shows differ to those in Ireland? Aaaaah sure, it's going grand. 3Arena is going to be crazy. I haven't thought too much about it seeing as it's so far away but it will be an interesting one. I plan on making it feel as intimate as possible. It'll be some night. They will be fairly similar, crowd-wise - lots of energy and lots of laughs. The tour, which starts in October, will be the biggest one I've done so I'll find out what that step-up is like. Who inspired you to start making music and what influences do you have? My dad would be one of my main influences because he's overall the nicest man in existence. He and my mam have always been very understanding in what I've been doing since I started. Musically, I listen to a lot of Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra... and all the old standards. Bob Dylan would be the main reason I got into songwriting though.

What current UK artists are you listening to? I'm listening to a lot of Tom Odell's new stuff. It's amazing. Also a lot of Frances (who's also a ginger). She's a lovely girl and she really has an outstanding voice.

How does it feel to have won awards such as the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year for your single Bitter Pill? It feels great. When I started writing songs, I never thought of awards bit it's a very lovely thing to get.

| Gavin plays Beat Generator Live! in Dundee on October 19 and Glasgow's Oran Mor the next night. For more info about Gavin, go to www.gavinjamesmusic.com

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 31, 2016
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