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Simma is a singer, songwriter, poet and performer from Newcastle. He has been gigging for over 15 years and has become one of the best known performers in the North East.

When and why did you start playing?
I've always been a singer in my head. I started playing instruments when I was about 11, but I always wanted to sing. I started writing songs as soon as I learned my third chord.

What's your current project?
I'm recording a new album - lychnobite- with Boomchang Records. It's my first album in years and I'm really excited about it.

Tell us more about what to expect.
The first single is Happy New Year, which people who've seen me live will be familiar with. The rest of the album is made up of new songs, and a few born-again songs.
I've finally been able to realise the sounds in my head with Steve Cunningham's help. It's been a joy to make.

Which instruments do you play?
Guitar primarily. I only ever really learned it as an accompaniment instrument, but recently I've really been relearning it as an instrument. I've been playing on other people's recordings, which has been good fun.

What are your hopes for this album?
That people relate to the songs, I suppose. That it gives me more opportunities to play. I'd like to take it on tour, obviously. I'm surrounded by very talented musicians so I'd like to get an originals band together and get the songs out next Summer.

Why has it taken so long between albums?
Two reasons really, firstly, my first book came out and it took over my head a bit. I've had to re-learn how to be creative with music. Secondly, I only ever want to record with people I really like, and that doesn't come around often.

What was the first tune you learned?
Train In G Major which was written by Rod Clements

Who are your biggest influences?
Alan Hull first and foremost. The combination of him being a genius of song writing and speaking in my accent was perfect to inspire me. I am a fan of songwriters. I am a Beatles nerd, as every good songwriter should be!

What's next?
Lots of gigging, lots of writing and more collaboration I hope!

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