"Supporting the local music scene nurtures the future of music"

Town Hall, Symphony Hall interviewed local award winning singer-songwriter Felix Shepherd ahead of his performance at this Thursday's free Lunch Lounge event.

Felix Shepherd

How would you describe the Birmingham music scene?

It’s crazy diverse, which is great! It’s got a good vibe. Pretty much everyone has crossed paths at some point and there are so many opportunities to get out and play shows. 

Why is it important for people to support local talent?

Supporting the local music scene nurtures the future of music - everyone starts somewhere! Some of the household names once played to a room of 3 / 4 people! 

Who are some local artists that we should look out for?

My favourite local artists at the moment would probably have to be Lycio, RISCAS and Young Chasers, but there are honestly so many talented artists out there! It’s best to just go out and watch a show, there’s some serious vibes in Birmingham right now! 

How did you first discover your talent?

I was lucky enough to get a guitar off my mum when I was 7. I started playing shows at 13 and it was around this time that I realised I wanted to share my songs... although, I had a long way to go from writing about not wanting to go to school! 

What song transports you back to your childhood? 

Artist: ELO
Song: Mr Blue Sky

We used to go on family car journeys and this would be the go-to sing-along track. It’s stuck with me ever since. 

What’s the first song you bought on vinyl, CD, cassette or MP3 download?

Artist: Various Artists
Album: Kerrang! The Album ‘08  

I listened to The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars far too many times whilst playing the air guitar.

What song do you play just before you step on stage? 

Artist: Jack Garratt
Song: Worry

It really gets the vibes going, but it does change. Lately I’ll blast out a chorus of my debut single Always Been. 

Add some musical accompaniment to your lunch break and soak up the sounds of Brum's best singer-songwriters with our free Lunch Lounge events - every Thursday from 12:30pm this month.