By Rosie O’Neill
When you think of X-Factor, you instantly think of cheesy-manufactured pop. Aiden Grimshaw, a 20 year old boy from Blackpool “just wanted to write an honest album”.
After coming 9th in the popular music contest The X-Factor in 2010, Aiden knew it was going to be a challenge to find the right label to side with in order to create the music he wanted to record. He was signed by RCA Records and it took just over a year out of the public eye to write and record every track on his debut album, ‘Misty Eye’.
Just about to embark on a UK tour, the singer took time out to chat with Scotcampus about his new album and what it means to be out on the road.
Your album ‘Misty Eye’ is out on August the 20th, describe it to me?
“There’s a variety of sounds on there. I’m not really sure what genre to put it in, I suppose it’s all coherent. There’s a narrative all the way through and there’s a lot of different sounds on there.”
What does your sound represent?
“It’s all just a big question. I only wrote it over a period of five weeks, so for me it’s just what was going on in that time. I guess the majority of it’s about finding the point of love and stuff. It’s one of those questions where you find what the question is, ask it and just wait for a reply… so really it’s just pointless asking. It’s different to what people expect, the first track is the start of the journey and the last track is where you end up.”
What was your inspiration behind the album?
“To write an album, I haven’t really done much so I just picked out the one thing in life that most people and I have done… and that’s been in love. Loads of people inspire me but I think you just take the best bits out of what you’ve heard and grown up around.”
Are there any misconceptions around you or your music?
“Well, what do you think? People sometimes assume I’m moody. I’m not that moody. I just think too much, if you think too much you can get moody.”
How does it feel to finally have music out there?
“It’s really good and weird. It’s not really sunk in yet. I woke up this morning, put Channel 4 on and I was there as ‘track of the day’. It was well good!”
What’s been the best part of your journey, from day one of X-Factor until now?
“My Dad came to stay at my flat in London and I played him the album for the first time. I got him a bit pissed first, maybe that’s cheating. I wasn’t looking and when I turned round he was dancing with a massive smile on his face. I thought it was amazing.”
You’re coming to Scotland on your tour, is performing live a big thing for you?
“Yeah, I think it’s a big thing for any musician or anyone who likes to sing. Performing in front of people is part of what it’s all about. It’s very exciting. I’m really looking forward to my tour.”
Aiden plays Glasgow’s King Tut’s on August the 27th. His debut album Misty Eye hits record stores next Monday. For more information check out www.aidengrimshaw.com