The lovely Pete Gardiner popped in to Music News HQ in North London on March 25th 2017 for an exclusive 'house gig' and interview. Check out our uncut chat with the Northern Irish wordsmith below as Antonio (the cat) seeks to get in on the action.
Click below to see Pete play his favourite song 'Who Do You Belong To' recorded that evening at the MN 'house gig'.
Pete is a singer songwriter from Newtownards in Northern Ireland, whose inspiration comes from the likes of; Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.
Pete is a lyricist, moved by situations, he writes about relationships, doomed love affairs, news stories and any daily anecdote that inspires him to put pen to paper. Signed by entrepreneur Neil Utley to his label NUA recordings (Also home to Charlie Simpson) under the A&R direction of Grammy & Billboard award winning producer Paul Hardcastle. Pete has achieved extensive regional radio play & sessions nationwide, spot plays on Radio 2, sessions on BBC London and has performed on numerous Regional Radio festival stages to thousands of fans.
Pete is currently based in London where he performs regularly in the London music venues. He spearheaded the Mayor of London’s busking event during his debut in 2015, has toured with Lawson, recorded a session for Bob Harris 'Under The Apple Tree' at his studios and more recently, performed at the Bear Grylls Survival Festival in Trent Park.
His debut single 'Idols' released in August 2015, enjoyed extensive airplay around the UK, featured on 'Record of the Day' and had over 11,000 views of the video on YouTube. Followed by the release of 'All These Things' and ‘Pretty Smiles’ which saw further Radio sessions and a performance at The 2016 Great Escape festival.
The album ‘Ashtray Black’ due for release March 2017 is a stunning collection of songs that simply make you feel good. The often ironic, often heartbreaking lyrical content sits very well over tunes that you find yourself singing along to, firmly positioning Pete as a burgeoning talent in the songwriting world. The album is produced by Mercury winner Tommy McLaughlin, with ‘11 Oclock’, ‘All These Things’, ‘Pretty Smiles’ and ‘Hard Days’ mixed by Ash Howes. His new single ‘Hollywood Lights” is out now on itunes.