UK Open Mic

Short Empire

Meet Caerphilly-born UK Open Mic performer Short Empire:

Short Empire

Hi Short Empire, thanks for joining us! Let’s get into it:

Do you play solo only, or also in a group?


How old are you?


Where were you born?


Where did you grow up?

South Wales

How did that place influence your music? (if at all!)

From nothing comes something

Where are you based now, and why?

London, for creative purposes

What got you into making music in the first place?


What instrument/s do you play?

Singing, Guitar

Who would be in your top 10 musical influences, and why?

Arthur Lee, Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, Sam Cooke, Kool Keith, Gene Clark, Dion, Ennio Morricone, My Bloody Valentine, Prince. They all push pop, not poop.

Do you write your own songs?


How many years have you been writing songs for?


What process, or processes, do you often find yourself using when you write songs?

Sometimes it hits you straight on the head, other times it comes to you when you strum the guitar

How long have you been playing open mic nights?


Why did you get into playing them in the first place?

Great place to try out new material

What advice would you give new performers who are just starting out playing their first open mics?

Just do it

What’s the hardest thing, for you, about playing open mics?

Varying quality of the PA systems

What’s the most bizarre, or fun, open mic, or gig, you’ve ever played, and why?

One Wednesday night at The Prince of Wales Feathers was particularly memorable, with some serious effort going into a Tina Turner number. I’ll leave it at that.

If it’s not already, are you hoping to make music your full-time career?


What’s the one truth about you that people often find surprising?

I’m still alive

What’s the most exciting project you’re working on at the moment?

A feature film set in Mexico

Do you have your own music video, channel or playlist you’d like to share?

Do you have music on streaming? What’s you main streaming channel to send people to?

Where is the main place should people go to find out more about you?

What other sites/profiles should people go to to find out more about you?

We’re done! Anything else ou want to share before we go?

No thanks!

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