HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?
When I started my solo project a couple of years back I didn’t want to use my own name for a couple of reasons: 1, so I could get other on board as and when without it being just about a one-man-show . 2, my surname is a bit odd, Fiddes, sometimes people mis-read it and put in an unfortunate extra ‘l’ in the surname i.e. Fiddles, sounds a bit weird!!
So I wanted to come up with something more abstract and less defined, at the time my address was 15 Lion Street, hence fifteen lions.
WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE?
My first gig was upstairs at a friends craft beer shop, Beer Revolution in Hay-on-Wye, a cool little converted barn in the grounds of Hay Castle. Somewhere around 20 people there – and some choice craft ales to settle the nerves.
WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?
Last day off was Tuesday filled with a hike up the mountain near us with kid and Jack Russell in tow.
WHAT IS SOMETHING APART FROM YOUR WALLET OR PHONE THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES?
WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
There’s a track called ‘Touch’ on Biffy Clyro’s new soundtrack album ‘Balance not symmetry’ that’s really got me at the moment. It’s like 3 or 4 four song styles mashed into one absolute banger. Twists and turns you might not expect but with belting chorus, sweetness, cheeky computer samples, as well as raw rock. I’d be pleased with myself if I’d cooked that one up.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT?
My video for ‘So serene’ got a screening in London last week and one of the assembled throng was saxophonist, mutli-instrumentalist and all-round-top-bloke Steve Norman off of Spandau Ballet. He was really complimentary and genuine in our chat afterwards. That was pretty surreal, in the best way.