I had a quick chat with Newcastle Singer-Songwriter Andrew Cushin about his debut single ‘It’s Gonna Get Better’, his inspirations and more.
How does it feel to have your debut single out?
It’s very surreal, just being able to be incredibly pretentious by walking into bars, connecting to the PA and playing yourself … it gives me a great deal of satisfaction. I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve had for this single!
What’s the story behind ‘It’s Gonna Get Better’?
Me and my mother had unfortunately had a substantial fall out which resulted in me staying at my girlfriends for a few nights. We both said some unforgivable things but I couldn’t help but hope “It’s Gonna Get Better”. Every lyric written in that song was a reflection at how I was feeling that night. Still now when I play it I can’t help but feel guilty for the hurt I caused and likewise the pain I was feeling at the time.
What plans do you have for your music next?
So my next single is called “Waiting For The Rain” and without sounding up my own arse, it will blow its gonna get better out of the water. Waiting for the rain was written when I was 16 and is still a crowd favourite at gigs. Also it’s the song that started the bowl rolling with Noel Gallagher so it will always be quite sentimental regardless of the story behind the song.
Which artists have inspired your work?
The artists that inspire my work vary on the mood I’m in, sometimes I can pick up the guitar and write a Johnny cash styles song for example something that’s a little more of a toe tapper or other times I may feel a little more melodic, it all depends on what mood I’m in. Or what’s in my system at the time. I’m very into the likes of Weller, Ian Brown, Jake Bugg and Michael Kiwanuka at the minute.
Check out Andrew on twitter here to keep updated on what he’s up to!