SONGWRITING IS A CRAFT
Grant’s feel for poetry coupled with a broad and eclectic musical palette produces songs that are lyrically profound and musically memorable. Along with an ability to express a feeling or describe an experience so that it resonates with listeners of all ages, he has a knack for creating phrases that sit as comfortably on the ear as they do on the tongue, so that you can’t help but sing along. As a composer Grant exploits his command of sophisticated harmonies and rhythms while never straying from his commitment to make his songs broadly accessible. As he says, “Popularity is not synonymous with quality. Critics sometimes malign popular music as a genre, but it does not logically follow that being popularly appreciated means being unsophisticated or inauthentic any more than it follows that a sophisticated, authentic work of art can’t also be popular.”
EACH INSTRUMENT HAS A UNIQUE VOICE
Grant’s sound is often described as ‘uniquely varied’ reflecting the combined influences of formal training in Classical and Jazz with years of live performance across diverse genres including Ska, Rock, Soul, Folk, Traditional Celtic and Popular music. Learning ‘music as a language’ from the age of three and taking up cello and saxophone in primary school, Grant has gone on to build an impressive repertoire of both musical styles and instruments. As an accomplished multi-instrumentalist he lists guitar, bass guitar and double bass, cello, saxophone and piano/keyboards amongst his favourites.
CAPTURING THE MOMENT
When it came to recording his first EP, Grant was able to draw on years of training and experience as a sound engineer in both live and studio settings, academic qualifications in the critique of popular music composition and recording, and a lifetime of interdisciplinary musical performance. He describes working within the limitations of a temporary home studio as ‘challenging’, but says that even in a fully equipped professional studio his approach to the EP would have been the same.