Local talented musician Daniel Shipley has produced an EP called ‘Climb The Wall’.
Daniel, 29, is originally from Tollerton and started playing the guitar at the age of 16, taught music in an American summer camp at 19 and released his first EP at 26.
He told The Local News: “Climb The Wall is an EP which was conceived whilst travelling around the world. In 2013 I decided to leave my job as a hospital pharmacist and backpack for seven months.
“I flew into Buenos Aires and began a journey that took me through South America, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and South East Asia. Upon my return I took a job in London.
“This collection of songs explores my struggle with escaping the familiar but ultimately longing for that same familiarity. I am very proud to be from Nottingham.
“I always champion the city’s vibrancy and culture. The song ‘Forgotten Son’ includes the line ‘I sing these songs you gave to me, I found the words beneath my feet’, which openly acknowledges how inspired I have been by my home city.
“The tune is complex puzzle of emotions. On one hand I was ready to leave and experience the exhilaration of the unknown, but I am undeniably defined by the city I call home.
“This is compounded with the lyric ‘with black and white I paid my rent, I crossed the red side of the Trent, I tried to give her up for lent but she won’t let me go’.
“I wanted to give the song a Nottingham sound which at first I was unable to define. In the end I choose to employ a Jake Bugg-influenced strum pattern.
“When I took the song into the studio we added violin skanks, slide guitar and a swampy bass line giving the tune a very distinctive sound.
“I like to think that the EP is eclectic. It explores a number of genres including folk, soul and pop.
“An artist I am hugely influenced by is Amos Lee; a singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. Being British, however, there are a number of influences that inevitably sneaked into my subconscious such as The Beatles and The Kinks.”
Daniel played football for Clifton FC as a teenager and despite now living and working in London, continues to venture home to watch Notts County and Nottingham Panthers.
He added: “Every day I am reminded of where I am from and take enormous pride in how Nottingham’s music and art scene continues to blossom.
“Places like Jam Cafe, Malt Cross and Contemporary continue to be frequent haunts.”