“If I’m not getting goosebumps on my arm in a chorus, it’s not going into the song!” – Angus Munro
This June, Brighton will be welcoming singer-songwriter Angus Munro for his first performance in the city.
Angus was born in Sidcup to an Italian father and a Scottish mother. His childhood has not always been easy, having been diagnosed with Glue Ear aged 3, followed by Dyspraxia.
His made his first steps into the performing world by following his passion for puppets and cartoons, which he would use to stage shows for his sisters and friends.
Brighton Journal had a chat with Angus to find out more about his background and what led him to a career in music.
Your first step into the performing world was staging shows with puppets and cartoons. Where did this passion originate from?
I’ve always been fascinated by how inanimate objects and drawings can be seemingly brought to life by movement. I used to fashion my hand in such a way that it looked like a muppet and would intrinsically get a buzz from making my sister’s believe that it was a real person. Diving behind the sofa and telling stories in a super-high-pitched voice was something I did almost constantly when I was younger. I think it may have contributed to me having a pretty high vocal range later in life.
How did you get into music?
I’d like to say that I went to a gig and seeing the band play changed my life but in reality, I just loved Disney musicals. I would obsess over why certain chord changes and their melodic gymnastics affected such an emotional response in me. I was also determined not to play the guitar as it was the mid naughties and essentially everyone who was cool was playing one. So I gravitated towards the piano and have been stuck there ever since.
What is your main source of inspiration when writing songs?
One of my biggest writing inspirations is Nick Cave. Nick treats songwriting like going to the office; putting on a shirt and tie, heading to a dedicated room and sitting at the keyboard from 9-5pm. I also can’t finish a song unless it resonates something in me; if I’m not getting goosebumps on my arm in a chorus or humming the lick to a verse for a whole weekend, it’s not going into the song!
Do you have any music coming out soon?
My album “Mirror Man” is coming out on 27th May this year on vinyl, CD and digital download. The music video for the title track is online and the record can pre-ordered on my bandcamp page. I have fun bonuses exclusive to those who pick it up here from handwritten lyrics to songwriting sessions.
What are your plans for the future?
I’ll be playing Latest Music Bar in Brighton on Thursday 20th June with my piano as well as a number of dates across the UK & Europe in 2019. I’m a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends in May and plan on putting together a new album later in the year.
Have you ever been to Brighton?
I haven’t, no, and I’m really excited to be coming down to play my first show there!
Angus Munro will be performing at Latest Music Bar on Thursday 20th June 2019. Tickets £9.46.