It always blows my mind that a place as leafy and quiet as Kent consistently produces amazing musicians and songwriters. George Ogilvie is one of those Kent-reared artists that seems to imbue a certain rawness to his writing, it feels real and heartfelt. Foreign Hands is the title of his new single and it overflows with powerful imagery, the lyricism is noteworthy as is the thumping chorus.
Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.
Although I took up the piano when I was young – I hadn’t really picked up a guitar or even thought about a career in music before I was 18 – before then I was focused on art and photography. I still try to draw as often as I can – more often than not I’ll have a sketchbook on me.
During a foundation year at art college I got involved in the local music scene in Canterbury – tried my hand at songwriting and played as many shows and open mic nights as I could. I’ve always lived in the countryside in Kent and most summer’s get away to Cornwall to get inspired by the sea and the scenery – a home from home – and like any musician – I spend my life listening to and spending hours seeking out music.
Where did the new single come from?
I wrote ‘Foreign Hands’ a few years back at a time when I felt I needed a new beginning. It’s about perception and the way the mind works – how you can see something in someone or a situation – that isn’t truly there. It was about figuring out the reality as opposed to my own tainted depiction.
Is there more content in the pipeline?
Yes – I still have lots of unheard material to share in time and I’m always writing and working on something.
What’s on the horizon for you?
Well later this week I’m playing my first ever show with a band which is something I’ve been eager to do for years – then this March I’m joining Leo Stannard as support on his UK & Ireland tour – so lot’s of things happening at the moment and I’m keen to see what the rest of 2017 brings.